In many ways, Manny Delgado embodies what most women would want in a man. So what if he's a little insecure? He's cultured, with sophisticated and refined taste. Mature. Sensitive. A great listener. Dispenses good advice and valuable insight. Thoughtful. Articulate and oh-so eloquent. Always knows what to say. Witty. Isn't afraid to get in touch with his feminine side. Knows how to groom and pamper himself a la colognes and steams. Enjoys the finer things in life, like fencing, chess, and the companionship of a pet turtle, as well as some artisan cheese and Colombian coffee -- black. Writes poetry and music. Wears his heart on his sleeve. Knows what he wants and isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get it. Is a self-professed "man of action". Knows how to plan a good date and woo. Is tres romantique. Ready to love, and be in love. His greatest fear in life is dying alone. Oh, and did I mention that he's in the fortieth percentile? *swoon*
But... as with many good things, however, there are a few catches...
He doesn't have a car, not even driver's license. Okay...
He still lives with his mom. Uh...
Oh, and he's only 10 (and three-fourths, as he keeps insisting). ..........
If you're starting to feel a little creeped out and disgusted with yourself, don't feel too bad -- it's not the first time Manny has sounded to good to be true to a grown woman:
"Her name is Whitney. I met her in the online book club. We both like vampire fiction and the romance of eternal life."
(Apologies about the quality, it was all I could find!)
After Whitney sobbingly says that she had no idea that Manny was actually a child and that she felt stupid, Manny says, "You're not stupid. Stupid is not following your heart and taking a chance on love". Obviously, Manny's broken hearts, but surprisingly, he's also had his own heart broken as well. Like the time Fiona Gunderson, the girl whose "laugh makes science lab feel like recess" rejected him and chose Ted Durkas, the kid who can do a pull up, over him. Of Ted Durkas, he admits, "He has a natural confidence. I admire it and fear it".
What Manny says and the way that he speaks is what I love about him the most. He's more articulate and eloquent than most people I know, not to mention slightly melodramatic, but coming out of a 10 year old -- it's hilarious. Precocious is a serious understatement.
How did such an old soul end up in the body of a 10 (and three fourths) year old? If someone were to describe to me all the things that Manny says and does, I would imagine an older, former playboy dressed like Hugh Hefner sitting in his dimly lit mansion, sipping on scotch or gin out of an old fashioned glass, neat, and if he had to do a cocktail -- a basil gimlet, puffing on cigars, and polishing his monocles all day. He's such a little old man.
Like I said, precocious is a serious understatement.
How can you not just love Manny? He is so outspoken and confident in himself, yet so honest as well. For a child actor, his character is so full of personanity and tons of complexities. He loves his family more then anything and all he wants is to be loved back. This is my most favorite Manny moment....
Manny Delgado is such a unique character. Sure, we have all seen the "cute, sassy, and precocious" kid in many sitcoms, but Manny defies the stereotype. In a family where people's ids can get out of hand, Manny often provides a semblance of sophistication and sanity (even if it is in an insane fashion). He has a way of putting things into perspective in such a simple and refreshing way. Thank you, Modern Family, for such a great character.
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The role of Manny Delgado is played by Rico Rodriguez II.
Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez II), Gloria's son from her first marriage, is very outgoing and not the least bit self-conscious. He is very mature and intuitive for his age and is often shown doing adult-like things, such as having conversations with Claire about her marriage and kids, and drinking coffee. He has inherited his mother's passion for life which causes him to be very romantic. His support is mainly channeled through his mother Gloria and almost nonexistent in his stepfather Jay. Manny is not afraid to take chances, leading him to ask out older girls, and develop somewhat of a crush on Haley. He idolizes his absentee father, often speaking about him in a positive light, even after being repeatedly flaked on. He plays for a soccer team and fences.