Is Charlize Theron secretly dating ‘Modern Family’ star Eric Stonestreet?

Last week, several tabloids got a “scoop” about Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet. Stonestreet plays Cam on Modern Family – one half of a gay couple raising an adopted daughter. But Eric is straight in real life, and there’s been gossip swirling around him for about a year that he’s got something of a wandering eye. Officially, he had a girlfriend named Katherine Tokarz. Anyway, the gossip last week was that Eric and Katherine had split up several months ago, and that Eric has been acting very much like a single guy. But now The Mail claims that Eric might already have a NEW girlfriend. Charlize Theron?!?!?

She’s spoken of the joy of adopting a baby boy – and now actress Charlize Theron has a new man in her life too. The Oscar-winning star, 37, is said to have fallen for Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay Cameron Tucker in the hit US comedy series Modern Family.

Eric, 41, who recently split up with his long-term girlfriend Katherine Tokarz, was introduced to Charlize by mutual friends in Los Angeles earlier this year.

‘Charlize and Eric get along incredibly well,’ says a source close to the actress. ‘They started off as friends but things are blossoming between them.’

The insider added: ‘Eric is down to earth and funny and Charlize thinks the world of him. It’s early days but they’re very fond of each other.’

Charlize, who adopted a boy called Jackson in May, broke off her engagement to Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010. The South African actress brought her African-American baby home at just nine days old, but the adoption process took her two entire years.

[From The Mail]

Hm. They met “earlier this year” when Eric had a girlfriend, and then shortly after he announced his breakup, he’s already with Charlize? Sketchy. The whole thing is sketchy on many levels. Let’s track the bulls—t level first: is The Mail just playing “create a story” with a photo they have of Eric and Charlize together at an event? Just when did Charlize and Eric supposedly get together? Because she’s been in Namibia and Australia filming Mad Max for the past few months. She and Eric probably haven’t even been on the same continent in a while.

And beyond all of that… I just can’t see Charlize going for Eric. No offense to Eric, I just don’t think he’s her type. It’s not a size thing (some women love cuddly, big bears), it’s just that Charlize seems to consistently go for tall European types, you know? She gets hot for Irishmen and the occasional Swede. Still, weirder things have happened.

….And Eric denied it. He was funny about it! Eric tweeted, “I wish people would stop spreading rumors that Charlize Theron and I are dating. It’s starting to make Halle Berry jealous.”

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29 Responses to “Is Charlize Theron secretly dating ‘Modern Family’ star Eric Stonestreet?”

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  1. marie says:

    ah hahahahaha, I’m sorry, was I not supposed to laugh at that?!? he sounds like such a great catch..

  2. mia girl says:

    This story right here is why we can’t really believe tabloids.

  3. Valerie says:

    Isn’t there a blind item floating around about how Eric is a douche?

  4. Guesto says:

    I love his response. Agree it’s probably just the Mail and its usual pulled out of thin air inanity.

  5. Sara says:

    It’s obviously just the Daily Fail making things up. But if it WAS true, I’m totally sick of the fat schlubby dudes getting hot women. Men are just so biologically shallow they would never be with a woman for their “great personality”

  6. mk yarwood says:

    It would be awesome if she discovered she does prefer bears, she just didn’t know it. I mean, dating someone pretty like Stu Townsend when you are ultra ‘pretty’ must be tough. I know, I know, ‘oh, woe, the pretties’, but still. Being considered attractive can almost be an albatross if you just want to settle down and do regular people things, like raise a kid.

  7. mln76 says:

    The tab writer who came up with this one deserves an award. I noticed a couple of sites took the rumor at face value no guile…so forevermore this dude will be one of Therons’ former paramours…LOVE IT

  8. hmm says:

    I’m going to ignore this article because it’s ridiculous. LOL

    My question is: why did this chick not get with Fassy when she had the chance?? She was always fawning over him in interviews. They would have been unstoppable–bigger than Brangelina.

  9. renee says:

    I really like him on the show. But, he seems to be showing his douche side. His ex was way younger than him. But, then he got famous and they broke up. He was recently interviewed and said, “I had a long term girlfriend while I was trying to be famous” now I am single and famous and it’s awesome”..not a direct quote, but he really sounded bad.

  10. Charlotte says:

    I was going to comment on this, but I got distracted by that beautiful bubba. I want to squish him.

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    Well, I only have decaf this morning!!!!! so anything I say or think will be bitchy. Don’t care too much about this story. YAWN

  12. Esmom says:

    Wow, that was one of the biggest WTF headlines I’ve read in a while. I can see them being friends and him wishing it were more.

    He’s brilliant in MF — and I loved his tweet about the rumor — but everything I’ve read about him personally sounds like she should stay away!

  13. Mara says:

    Even in his dream cannot have a woman like her she is beyond beautiful .

  14. Maria_Spain says:

    Belive it or not by ripley :p.

    No way this can be true

  15. Rita says:

    I would love this if it were true. Maybe she’s just doing him a favor with a little rumor time but Charlize is her own gal and it wouldn’t surprise me if this was true. The story isn’t that they are madly in love, just exploring some together time. I think it’s great.

  16. anneesezz says:

    I would love if this were true.

  17. mln89 says:

    lmao! not in THIS lifetime. i don’t see charlize touching this guy with a 10 foot pole.

  18. DelilahJ says:

    Someone should show her how to hold a baby before she drops him.

  19. cocovenus says:

    Wow, some pretty harsh comments here. I cant imagine the same level of vitriol from women if the situation were reversed and it was a gorgeous male star rumoured going for a plainer dumpier women, in fact i’d imagine it would be lauded as a ‘breath of fresh air’ that he had seen past the shallow plastic beauty obsessed size 0 women of hollywood and found love with a ‘real woman’.

    The Daily Mail is pretty BS heavy so i’m not championing the story just giving some food for thought.

  20. Itsa says:

    I have known people in the business that have worked with her and said she was NOT a nice person. At all.

  21. Kate says:

    Meh. I don’t have trouble believing this; he might not be her normal “type,” but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

    I always dated really tall, athletic, clean-shaven, Frat-boy jock types throughout high school and college because that’s what I THOUGHT I liked. And none of these relationships worked out.

    Last year I met the most amazing, loving, and gentle man… and he’s an average height, hefty, scruffy-faced redneck. It is the best relationship I have ever been in, and we are head over heels in love.

    Sometimes stepping out of your “type” is a great idea!

  22. Patrice says:

    Idk about this crazy report, but what I do know is that I LOVED Eric’s heartfelt speech Jesse Tyler Ferguson when he won last night. When he said “This is for you too because there is no Cam without Mitchell” I actually teared up!

    As for this “rumor”, I would never attempt to try and decide someone else’s sexuality for them (particularly a person I’ve never even met) but, Eric just plays Cam a little too well for me to believe that he’s full on straight, you know? I mean, even in his real-life interviews the Cam comes out now and again so…I really just don’t know.

  23. Ally8 says:

    For fun, watch her flirt like crazy with Jon Hamm on The Graham Norton show.

    I often recommend that show — because they have all the guests on at the same time, you get to see the stars acting the most naturally you ever will, because they’re schmoozing each other rather than just spooling out stories for the host.