Karen Valby
November 01, 2010 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Randy Holmes/ABCKids! EW recently gathered five of the most promising child stars — Mad Men’s Kiernan ShipkaLet Me In’s Chloë Grace MoretzModern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, The Last Airbender’s Noah Ringer, and True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld — to talk shop.

Modern Family is a favorite topic of conversation these days amongst my TV-watching friends. I can’t count the number of times people have said that of all the characters, Manny is their favorite. (Cam, of course, is a close runner-up.) Twelve-year-old Rico Rodriguez, who swore up and down that he was once a very shy kid — not that anyone at the table was buying it — is a huge pro wrestling fan. He and Kiernan Shipka met for the first time years ago when they were both hired for a skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. (Back when they were just journeymen child actors.) He’s seen Avatar at least four times. If he wasn’t an actor, he thinks he’d like to be a chef, or a film editor, or a “soundtrack music dude.” And as you’ll see in the video below, he has very clear ideas of who the perfect girl for Manny would be. What does he think were a couple of the funniest scenes on the very funny Modern Family? And just how does a young star celebrate his show’s Emmy win?

For more on The Kids’ Table, check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and view our bonus interview with Rico Rodrigez in the video below.

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