After two seasons of stealing scenes on the hit ABC series MODERN FAMILY, Rico Rodriquez knows a thing or two about making an entrance. Which is why it probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that upon a recent visited to Toronto to talk to a handful of reporters he brought along his very own theme music. Suffice it to say, life is good for this 12-year old television star. See for yourself, after the jump.
Is there anything in particular you’d like to see Manny tackle this season?
Rico Rodriguez: I don’t know, he’s done a lot in the past two seasons, I just want him to keep trying new things. I want to zip-line again, that was fun. I’m kind of sort of a sports fan so maybe football, I think Manny would be good at it, just throwing the ball around. There are so many things Manny could do.
Do you enjoy playing up Manny’s romantic side?
It’s funny because I’m not romantic. I’m not into that right about now because I’m just 12, but I mean it’s a little awkward at first, but once you get to know them and just have fun and we’ll be done by this scene by later today.
One of the funniest aspects of the show is how different your character Manny is from Luke. What’s your relationship with Nolan Gould like off screen?
We’re very kiddish from our characters, Nolan who plays Luke is kind of like a dork because he tries new things, but Nolan and I really get a long great. We have the same personalities, we just like to play all the time, run around the set and have Nerg gun wars and prank Ariel WInter who plays Alex. Sometimes we pop behind doors and scare her, also we do Parkour, it’s called “Spunked” a spoof of Punk’d and Scare Tactics, we’re going to try and make that a thing.
Does being one of the stars of a hit TV show preclude you from doing all the stuff regular kids get to do?
Whenever I go back home to Texas I tell my Dad [who works in the tire business], I just want to be a regular kid today, don’t tell anybody I’m on MODERN FAMILY, if they notice me they notice me, but I’ll be working today, I want to get my hands dirty. When I get home I’m a normal kid, once they call cut I’m Rico again and when I get home I still have to take out the trash, clean my room, make my bed. I still hang out with my friends, play video games, watch TV all the time.
Is there anything you can tell us about your role in the upcoming Muppet movie?
It was so much fun because I got to film with Whoopi Goldberg and Selena Gomez. What we did on our downtime was play on our iPads which was fun because they said I had the best apps. I love Angry Birds. Also the puppeteers are so funny, they just crack jokes as their characters.
New episodes of MODERN FAMILY air Wednesdays at 9PM on ABC (CityTV in Canada) and stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter. Catch up with past episodes you may have missed for free online at clicktowatch.tv.