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Four Young Stars Add Laughs to ABC Hit 'Modern Family'

November 02, 2011

As Modern Family's Manny Delgado, Rico Rodriguez is a pro, nailing his lines and shaping the young romantic with precision. Off camera, the 13-year-old reverts to being a regular kid, getting excited at the sight of an exotic animal on set.

"Alpacas!" he exclaims, before explaining: "They spit a lot."

That mix — sharp acting skills and real-kid appeal — is earning the ABC comedy's younger actors a share of the spotlight that has been focused on the adults. At the Emmys, co-creator Steven Levitan acknowledged their contributions in his acceptance speech when the story of three different but related families won best comedy series. Read More