Rico Rodriguez

He may play a precocious, coffee-sipping Casanova on ABC's <em>Modern Family</em>, but at home in L.A., he's just an average 12-year-old kid.
Rico Rodriguez

Rachael Ray: You must have the strongest bones in the neighborhood, Rico! Is this how you get all your calcium?

Rico Rodriguez: I can't live without my milk. We get 3 gallons every time we go shopping, and I finish it in two weeks. I drink maybe five cups a day. There's some Yoo-Hoo in the fridge, too, but I love plain milk. Just pass me a straw!

Rachael: I see a lot of fruits and veggies in your fridge. Is your mom responsible for the fresh, healthy food?

Rico: Yes, she does all the grocery shopping because she knows what my sister and I like. But I'm a vegetable eater. I go for crunchy things -- I like green beans, broccoli, asparagus, celery and carrots. I'm not a fruit eater, though. I leave that stuff for my sister, Raini, who loves fruit but not vegetables. So it works out.

Rachael: Are there any foods that you just hate?

Rico: I think peas are really nasty. I liked them when I was younger, but I guess when you get older you have different taste buds.

Rachael: Do you help your mom out in the kitchen?

Rico: Well, I've recently developed an interest in cooking. And my idols are Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and you! I watch your shows and I'm like, "Oh, I wish I could do that."

Rachael: And you can! That's the great thing about cooking -- there's no right or wrong way to make a dish. It's all about having fun in the kitchen. Have you tried making anything yourself?

Rico: My mom taught me how to make grilled chicken, and I bake, too. I was on the set of Modern Family a few weeks ago and the caterer wanted to make dessert, so I helped her bake cupcakes. I made two different kinds: chocolate peanut butter and white chocolate with fresh raspberries. They came out good.

Rachael: I'm the world's worst baker, so I'm coming over the next time you make cupcakes. How’s life on Modern Family? Is everyone as hilarious as they seem on TV?

Rico: Oh, they're the greatest. Everyone is really funny, even though I don't always get all the adult jokes. Eric [Stonestreet] was a clown before becoming an actor and he showed me a trick, which is really awesome. Everyone asks how I do it, but a magician never tells his secrets.

Rachael: Good call -- keep 'em guessing. Okay, last question: If you could have a dream dinner party, whom would you invite?

Rico: I'd ask The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and every single character from Star Wars. I think they'd have great stories to tell. Instead of playing charades, they could show off their skills or powers. It would be the best show-and-tell…or maybe just the best show-and-eat.