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PIM­PLES, shav­ing and that dreaded mo­ment when your voice breaks. Now deal with that in front of a global au­di­ence of mil­lions. For Rico Ro­driguez (left) and Nolan Gould (right) those mile­stone mo­ments have, at times, been ex­ploited for laughs on screen. Off screen the young ac­tors, both 15, are learn­ing to cope with all the at­ten­tion.

For Ro­driguez, who plays Manny, TV step­dad Jay Pritch­ett (played by Ed O’Neill) has been a guid­ing light: “He’s taken me un­der his wing and said, ‘Avoid this, do that and you’ll be fine.’ He’s such a great guy.’’

For Gould, who told Ellen of his crush on Aussie model Miranda Kerr – “I will raise that child (Flynn) as my own’’ – teenage fame has its ups and downs: “There are two dif­fer­ent sides ... there are those fans who say, ‘Oh, no, our lit­tle ba­bies are grow­ing up’. And then the other side, where the teenage girls are like, ‘Oh yeah, bring it on’.’’

Child no more: Ariel Win­ter, now 16, has grown up on screen as Alex Dun­phy (inset).

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