June 6, 2023

Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s profession has taken what he describes as “bizarre facet paths”—and the most recent one took the actor to the airwaves. The Trendy Household alum is the host of Sony Music Leisure’s new weekly podcast  Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, which premiered Might 23.

The Tony winner, 47, admittedly has a tough time taking leaps of religion for himself into new ventures, however when he was approached with the thought for Dinner’s on Me, he thought, “Yeah, why not? Let’s do it.” 

“It combines issues that I actually already love, like going out and consuming at fantastic eating places, and spending time with people who I like and love or admire. And that was simply sufficient for me. It was thrilling to strive one thing new,” Jesse informed HELLO! over Zoom. “My profession has taken these bizarre facet paths, and I have been given alternative in locations the place I did not essentially assume I’d be given alternative.”

Surprisingly, tv was certainly one of them. “I by no means thought I might be on TV,” Jesse confessed. “Being a actuality present host and with the ability to host Excessive Makeover: House Version on HGTV, once they did a reboot of that, that was a bizarre factor that got here out of left area, so this [podcast] simply appears like one other nice alternative and an opportunity for me to strive my hand at one thing totally different.”

“Dinner’s on Me” premieres Might 23; hear wherever you get your podcasts.

He added, “I am at all times seeking to be stretched and challenged and it felt like a very fascinating, thrilling, new inventive journey, and so I’ve had a very nice time doing it.”

The cookbook creator intends to be “extra picky” with tasks now that he’s a father. Nonetheless, Jesse, who shares sons Beckett, 2, and Sullivan, 6 months, together with his husband Justin Mikita, famous, “I need my children to see me not simply being a father, but in addition being profitable and glad within the issues that I like doing.”

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Proceed studying for HELLO!’s unique interview with Jesse Tyler Ferguson about his new podcast, fatherhood and his tenth marriage ceremony anniversary plans…

I am curious, with the market saturated with so many celeb podcasts, did you may have any considerations with this enterprise? Why ought to listeners tune in to Dinner’s on Me?

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Sure! I am a client of podcasts. I like listening to them, however there are a ton of celeb podcasts. I have been on lots of them, you understand? And it is laborious to set your self aside from what’s obtainable already. And discovering your in and discovering your voice. There are lots of actually distinctive voices on the market. Sure, they’re actors. Sure, they’re celebrities. However individually, they’re all actually fascinating individuals and I think about myself to be certainly one of them as properly. I feel I’ve a singular manner of speaking to individuals. I’ve an fascinating perspective. And I feel that the idea itself — of us going to eating places — units us aside from different podcasts which can be on the market. There is a rawness to our podcast and an amazing ambient high quality as a result of we’re at these eating places. You hear the waiters come to our desk. You hear us discuss concerning the specials… You do really feel such as you’re a 3rd particular person sitting at our desk, having fun with dinner with us. I feel it units itself aside in lots of actually fascinating methods. I have been very excited to speak with lots of these individuals, lots of them who do not do lots of podcasts. So, I feel we’re listening to individuals type of communicate in a long-form dialog in ways in which we’ve not heard earlier than.

Was there one dialog that stunned you? 

JTF: I am continually being stunned. I simply got here again from New York and I sat down with 4 totally different buddies in New York and nice eating places there. And Padma Lakshmi, who’s been an expensive buddy of mine for 10 years now, we had a very fascinating dialog about culinary appropriation, which was sort of an uncomfortable dialog to really have, as properly. I used to be involved in listening to her perspective on it, and it was a very trustworthy and frank dialog about what culinary appropriation means and honoring the cultures that created lots of these dishes that we love a lot, particularly as two individuals who have each written cookbooks. t was a really fascinating dialog and I actually am so grateful that she was so trustworthy and open and simply eloquent about the entire subject.

Jesse tells HELLO! that his new podcast “combines issues that I actually already love, like going out and consuming at fantastic eating places, and spending time with people who I like.”

What do you hope listeners take away from Dinner’s on Me? Do you hope it begins any conversations?

JTF: Yeah, I hope it does begin conversations, but in addition I need them to go away with a deeper understanding, not simply of my visitors that I get to speak to, but in addition of me. What I’m loving about that is I am speaking nearly as a lot as my visitors are, telling tales about myself. It is a dialog, this is not an interview present. Generally my buddies’ conversations spark a reminiscence that I’ve about one thing and I am sharing quite a bit about who I’m. So, I do know I’ve followers who know me from Trendy Household that I used to be fortunate sufficient to be on for 11 years. Some individuals know me from my profession on Broadway, however I feel that this opens up an fascinating type of portal. It is who I’m as an individual and what makes me tick and quite a bit the stuff I grew up worrying about and the place I got here from and my roots. So it is also a window into who I’m as properly. So I hope individuals come away with a deeper understanding of my visitors and of me.

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Did you be taught something about your self by way of this expertise?

JTF: Yeah, after all. Jesse Williams introduced up an fascinating story about him and his relationship together with his father and I ended up sharing some stuff about my relationship with my dad and it ended up being this actually nuanced, stunning dialog about fathers and sons. And it stunned me and I used to be sharing issues that I hadn’t essentially voiced earlier than. However I assumed it was actually profound and fascinating and definitely one thing I dropped at my remedy session that week [laughs].

It is all coming to the floor!… The primary episode options certainly one of your former Trendy Household co-stars. Can we count on extra all through the season, or is Julie Bowen it for this primary season?

JTF: I undoubtedly have yet another Trendy Household co-star this yr. There could be extra. I hope to get all of them sooner or later. I’d love to sit down down with all of them individually. I additionally need to area them out a bit bit. I do not need to be too apparent and simply bang out all of the Trendy Household co-stars, though that could be actually enjoyable, too [laughs].

Jesse with his 'Modern Family' castmates Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Executive Producer Steven Levitan, Ariel Winter and Eric Stonestreet.  © Todd Wawrychuk
Jesse together with his ‘Trendy Household’ castmates Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Government Producer Steven Levitan, Ariel Winter and Eric Stonestreet.

I’ve to think about whenever you informed them that you just’re doing a podcast that they have been all like “I need to be on it”…  

JTF: Both that or they’re like “Oh god he is gonna ask me to be on it.” [Laughs]

Do you guys have lots of reunions or a bunch chat that you just guys all be in contact with?

JTF: There’s a group chat, truly… Each every so often it lights up with somebody sending us both a photograph of their children or telling a comic story. It is actually laborious with that large of a solid to try to discover time to see one another as a bunch. Sarah Hyland‘s marriage ceremony was a chance for lots of us to come back collectively, after which a couple of weeks after that Steven Levitan, who’s one of many co-creators of Trendy Household, acquired married and we have been capable of come collectively once more, however we have now but to  discover a chance for all of us to come back collectively on the identical time. 

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Hey, perhaps on a podcast episode! You by no means know.

JTF: Proper? A giant reunion episode.

That’d be superior. Do you may have a dream visitor that you did not have this season that you just’d prefer to have sooner or later?

JTF: Yeah. There’s plenty of individuals I might like to. I might love to speak with like Michelle Obama. Adele. I’d love to speak with Hillary Clinton. I imply the record may be very, very lengthy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Carol Burnett!

I really feel like it is a podcast that would simply be tailored right into a TV sequence. Is that one thing you possibly can see down the road that you just’d be recreation for?

JTF: Yeah, perhaps! I imply, you understand, there may be that factor of like, we’re gonna feed you after which we’re additionally gonna movie you consuming. I suppose, you understand, Sizzling Ones does that, the place they’re supplying you with scorching wings and also you’re sweating whilst you’re being recorded. There’s one thing about being filmed consuming that I really feel like some persons are like, “Um, perhaps not,” however I feel it might be an amazing factor to turn out to be a TV sequence. Who is aware of!

Since changing into a guardian, do you end up extra selective with the tasks you say sure to?

JTF: You already know, it is fascinating. I turned a guardian throughout the pandemic, so there was nothing occurring. After which the subsequent factor I went into was a Broadway present that had been delayed. It was purported to occur earlier than the pandemic, so I noticed that chance by way of. And that was a really laborious factor to be away from the household. Household was with me for a part of the time, however particularly, when our second youngster was born, Justin and Beckett moved again to L.A. to be right here and I continued on with the present in New York, and that was a very laborious factor for me to be away from household for that period of time, particularly in these early months of Sullivan’s life. And so it was a impolite awakening and a actuality verify about what it means to work and be a dad. I definitely need to instill this precedent that, you understand, we must always all be doing what we need to do. I need my children to see me not simply being a father, but in addition being profitable and glad within the issues that I like doing. So I need to set [an] instance, however on the identical time, am I gonna love to do one thing in Vancouver for 3 months if I do not find it irresistible? In all probability not. I am gonna have to essentially love issues to go away. And likewise discover alternatives to try to convey them with me as a lot as attainable. So that they’re nonetheless at that age the place it is simple sufficient to type of choose up and go and never be too disruptive, however I do know with each passing day that will get tougher. So yeah. That was a very great distance of claiming sure, I am gonna be extra picky with issues.

Subsequent month goes to be your first Father’s Day as a father of two… How do you assume fatherhood has modified you? 

JTF: It has, I feel, damaged open my coronary heart a bit bit in a great way. To have these two human beings on this planet which can be my accountability is a very profound factor. It is made me, I feel, a greater husband as properly. I’ve needed to discover ways to be extra affected person. I’ve needed to discover ways to be more- affected person is a very good phrase [laughs]… You need to breathe by way of issues a bit bit extra. You may’t be fairly so reactionary. We set an instance with our conduct now and like we have now to essentially take into consideration how we’re appearing in entrance of our youngsters and like what meaning and what they’re absorbing. These children are such sponges and, you understand, any type of disagreement with Justin type of needs to be dealt with otherwise. However I feel all of them have been like good adjustments for me. I feel they’ve all been constructive. And it is only a totally different manner of type of behaving and appearing. I definitely love the accountability of being the caretaker to those two candy boys.

How would you describe their personalities?

JTF: [Beckett] is de facto outgoing. He likes to ask everybody what their names are. He is very candy. He is studying about manners, and, you understand, he isn’t nice at them on a regular basis, however he is, I feel, doing a fairly good job for his age. Sullivan appears to be at this level a bit quieter than Beckett was. A little bit extra low-key. A little bit extra introspective. He is six months outdated, so I am similar to type of placing all these adjectives on him [laughs] with out his consent… I am actually excited for the second when Sullivan begins to indicate persona a bit bit extra and watching how Beckett responds to that. That’ll be actually fascinating and enjoyable to see.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and  husband Justin Mikita will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this July with a © Michael Tullberg
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita will have fun their tenth marriage ceremony anniversary this July with a “dads’ getaway” in Mykonos.

Is there one exercise that you just  like to do as a household?

JTF: These issues usually happen at our own residence… We took Sullivan out for his very first outing to a restaurant a couple of nights in the past to have fun Mom’s Day. So, you understand, many of the stuff we do is on the home by the pool, having meals collectively… Regardless that Sullivan’s not consuming the meals that we’re consuming, having him sit on the desk with us. We’ve lots of household that lives actually shut. So there’s lots of large household gatherings. And I like that as a result of I simply type of go the infant round and I do not actually have to fret about like who’s acquired the infant, as a result of actually somebody’s holding that child always as a result of he is the preferred member of the family for the time being. So I like spending time with the prolonged household, for positive.

Do you guys have any enjoyable summer season plans? 

JTF: Justin and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in July, so we will New York to have fun the precise vacation. We’re having an enormous dinner with some buddies after which we’re occurring to Mykonos the place we’re assembly another buddies and having like every week in Mykonos for a bit dads’ getaway.

I used to be gonna ask in the event you’re taking the children, nevertheless it’s a dads’ getaway!

JTF: No, grandma’s gonna take the children. Yeah [laughs].

Listeners can subscribe to Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson every week on all main podcast platforms, together with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

This interview has been edited and condensed for readability