'Modern's' Rico Rodriguez makes Manny his own


IN A SEASON of quirkier than usual sitcom kids, Manny Delgado still manages to stand out.


The amorous Colombian-born middle-schooler from ABC's "Modern Family," Manny is a joy to his mother Gloria (Sofia Vergara), a puzzle to his stepfather Jay (Ed O'Neill) and played with a fearless exuberance by 11-year-old Rico Rodriguez, who, it turns out, looks taller on-screen.


Told so by a not very diplomatic visitor to the show's Burbank, Calif., set, the young actor replied, in media-savvy fashion: "Really? That's interesting."


He then stretched up a hand to demonstrate how much taller he intends to become both offscreen and on.


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