It's been a big year for Jesse Tyler Ferguson
: his hit show Modern Family
continues to sweep award shows
, he's found love, and he was just named OUT100
's "Artist of the Year."
Of the honor, Ferguson joked to OUT100
: "Jane Lynch must have said, 'I don't want it this year, stop showering me with praise, please give it to someone else.' And I was, like, fourth on the Someone Else list."
Ferguson, 36, may be modest, but he also realizes how lucky he is to be part of such a popular and admired series
"To have job security and to have it on a show that people are looking to as a cultural touchstone for gay marriage – that's extraordinary," he says.
While the actor isn't married in real life, he has been with his boyfriend
, lawyer Justin Mikita, for nearly a year now. It was at Elle
's Women in Television event in January that the two were unexpectedly introduced to the press as a couple.
"We were holding hands as we went around the corner, and suddenly we were on the red carpet," Ferguson said. "I wasn't going to stop holding his hand."