Millions know Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado on the hit ABC show “Modern Family.” As it turns out, Rodriguez is not so far off from his on-screen personality when it comes to dispensing advice, offering wisdom like Manny does far beyond his years. In his book, “Reel Life Lessons…So Far,” the child star dishes on what it’s like to have Sofia Vergara as his TV mom, and gives his take on growing up in the spotlight, family values and overcoming the challenges in life. Read an excerpt of the book below.
Excerpt From Chapter 14 of ‘Reel Life Lessons…So Far’
For as long as I’ve been acting, I have been very lucky to be paired with really great actresses playing my mom. It could be worse — I could get the roles with a wicked mom, right? Naturally, people are curious about how my real mom feels about me having a TV mom. They want to know if she likes how my TV mom treats me. My mom and Sofia Vergara get along great. It’s kind of funny when people ask me about Sofia because they stumble over their words. Sofia has that effect on some people. Okay, most people. I always tell them the truth: Sofia is a really nice person, and she treats me as if I were her own son.
While we were filming our season one wrap episode in Hawaii, there was a dinner scene in which I just happened to be sitting next to Sofia. Although the director usually tells us not to eat the bread, I usually go ahead and do it anyway. You’re not supposed to eat the props! I usually peel off the crust before eating the bread because I like the inside part better. Sofia asked me why I was doing it, so I went about explaining the reason to her— it was mainly because I wanted to get to the soft bread inside.
Sofia suddenly interrupted me.
“Leprechauns?” she asked in her very thick Colombian accent.
“Aye,” I said, rolling my eyes.
For some reason, while I was explaining why I took the crust off the bread, she thought I was saying something completely different. It was out of nowhere because nothing of what I was saying had anything to do with leprechauns! We both busted out laughing at the table and never forgot about that moment.
Over time, it has become a running joke between us. Every now and then when we are joking around on the set, I say, “Leprechaun,” and Sofia immediately starts laughing hysterically. Something about the moment just gets both of us every single time.
Sofia’s favorite candy is Hot Tamales and marshmallows. She likes to stash them in drawers all around the set. She always has a handful and starts eating them on set. It is almost as if she wants me to enjoy them as much as she does.
“Here, Rico,” Sofia says, holding out a handful of Hot Tamales for me.
“No, I’m okay right now,” I answer.
“No, here,” she repeats, pushing the candy into my hand.
Sofia doesn’t like to take no for an answer.
In my eyes, I have two wonderful moms. Both amazing women who love me very much. That makes me so lucky.
This excerpt has been printed with permission from the publisher.
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