PUBERTY IN PUBLIC
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).