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A Haunting Tale

Actor Rico Rodriguez talks about his guest role on R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series

October 26, 2012
COURTESY HUB TV NETWORK

Actor Rico Rodriguez guest stars on a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour called "The Weeping Woman."

Actor Rico Rodriguez, 14, regularly makes people laugh as “Manny” on the hit comedy Modern Family. Now, Rico is spooking kids on R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series, a TV show that tells frightening tales for kids. Just in time for Halloween, Rico is guest starring on a new episode called “The Weeping Woman,” airing October 27, 2012, at 6pm Eastern Time on The Hub TV Network. The episode is based on a Mexican folk tale called “La Llorona,” which means “The Weeping Woman.” TFK spoke to Rico about the spooky show. Read the Q&A below, and scroll down to watch an exclusive clip.

TFK:

In "The Weeping Woman,” you are playing a character named Chi. What is he up to in this episode?

RICO:

Basically, I’m spending the night at my friend’s house and strange things start happening. We end up trying to escape from la lorona because I tell the story about her and she actually comes. It’s crazy. The lady who played la lorona scared me twice just walking [around]. I knew [the actress] and she was so nice, but it was just weird seeing her in that make-up and the long, white dress. That was weird.

TFK:

You normally spend your time on the set of a comedy show. What was it like to film a scary episode?

RICO:

It was really fun. I don’t like scary movies but I do love The Haunting Hour. It’s like the more relaxed version of a scary movie, yet it still brings that suspense and scariness to it. It was really fun being able to do something different than I do on Modern Family. I got to experience the little things they do [to make the show scary, like] the flickering of the lights. It’s very cool.

TFK:

Chi stays as a guest in a house that appears haunted. Have you ever stayed somewhere that seemed haunted?

RICO:

Our old house in Texas used to be along an Indian trail that led to San Antonio. It’s called Old Spanish Trail and that’s where the Indians used to pass by. [The house is on] 15 acres of land and includes a pond where Indians used to sleep for the night and take baths. My dad says that every now and then he found arrowheads in the dirt. And heard drum beats of the Indians and howling.

TFK:

Goosebumps author R.L. Stine created the series. Are you a fan of his work?

RICO:

Yes, my whole family has always been a fan of R.L. Stine, especially my sister. She’s a huge fan. She had all the books—his Goosebumps series—and so that’s how I grew up knowing his books as well. When they offered [the role to] me, I was like “Oh yes, I loved Goosebumps.”

TFK:

You mentioned you don’t really like scary movies. What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

RICO:

I would have to say Nightmare on Elm Street, the first one. I don’t know why I watch them, but I do, and I get scared. It’s not like I get nightmares, it’s just that I’m lying down in my bed, just looking around, and then I start imagining things. [The movies are] freaky, but I watch them anyway!

TFK:

The episode is airing just in time for Halloween. Do you have a costume planned for this year?

RICO:

I think I’m going to try to go old Hollywood, like one of the Three Stooges [or] I may go as Charlie Chaplin.

TFK:

Other than the episode that you starred in, do you have a favorite Haunting Hour episode?

RICO:

Yeah, I like the very first one with Bailee Madison [called “Scarecrow”] and then another one called “Game Over” with Calum Worthy. The show is great.

TFK:

Do you have a favorite Halloween candy?

RICO:

I’d have to say maybe Sour Patch Kids, cause I like sour candy.

TFK:

You regularly star on Modern Family. How do you balance schoolwork with working on a TV show set?

RICO:

We have a teacher because we have our own schoolroom on our set. We have to do three hours of school a day while we are working. Like today, I have a table read at 1pm, so I have to come in [early] to do school with my teacher. You have to keep up your grades to keep acting. That’s definitely a main part of doing this job.

TFK:

Your sister, Raini Rodriguez, is an actress on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Do you think you will ever act together?

RICO:

I think eventually one day we will. Maybe I’ll guest star on her show, or she’ll guest star on Modern Family!

TFK:

What kind of fun do you have with your family?

RICO:

We do everything together. My sister and I like to play board games, my mom and I watch TV together—we like to watch competition shows—and my dad, we bought a car and fixed it, so that’s our little project.

TFK:

Are there any other projects you are working on?

RICO:

I have a book coming out on November 6. It’s called Real Life Lessons… So Far. It’s my life lessons of staying humble and booking Modern Family and how it feels being on Modern Family and doing school. It’s all different things from my point of view. It’s a really cool book.

TFK:

Can you share with our readers a few fun facts about yourself?

RICO:

I’m a big fan of magic. It’s so much fun. It’s one of my favorite hobbies. I love to write scripts and direct. At the moment, we are writing a little movie for the kids on Modern Family. I think it’s going to be a zombie movie. And I also like to dance.

For more Halloween fun, check out timeforkids.com/halloween.


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