Amidst claims of skirting the issue and producing a show which masquerades as family television while showing and glorifying premarital sex, Secret Life has drawn ire from the likes of the Parents Television Council.
However, as I said earlier, I find the show closely resembles the high school experience minus the violence and criminality. No human being has ever gone through those years without thinking about sex or wanting to act on it.
Life and the situations therein can’t be swept under the carpet and ignored or they will continue to perpetuate themselves.
People complain about MTV’s Teen mom but at least it presents an accurate representation of the trials and tribulations that teen parents face.
Instead of running a planned rerun show this past weekend, Saturday Night Live aired an hour-long episode dedicated to the late music icon Prince. Steph Curry has turned himself into a bonafide NBA superstar over the course of the last two seasons. Lenda Asberry, 62, and her four grandchildren were killed this week as they tried to escape a flash flood in the rural town of Palestine, TX. When a video that featured Nick Young talking about cheating on his fiancee Iggy Azalea surfaced last month courtesy of Young’s own teammate D’Angelo Russell, Iggy was not happy about it. Kid Ink and Pink Dolphin bumped fists and launched the “Alumni” capsule for Summer 2015! Recently, I got the chance to interview the beautiful and talented, Francia Raisa, from The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which airs on ABC Family on Monday nights at 8 pm.
Speaking of emotional journeys, it has to be pretty emotional for you these past couple of seasons to see the evolution that Adrian has gone through, right? Francia- I’m flirty by nature, so I think I relate to her in that sense from how she was in the beginning of the show. I feel a deep connection with Adrian just because a lot of her personality traits reminded me of myself when I was growing up, and then a lot of what her decisions reminded me of a lot of decisions that my friends made, my close friends made.
And now I have an amazing relationship with her now the same way that Adrian has with her mother and the same with her father. What would you like to see from your character going forward, like what would you like to see from Adrian that we haven’t seen in the past seasons? Francia- I think what I wanted to see from her and you guys are actually going to start seeing, was her growing up a bit, realizing that life isn’t all about sex and boys and everything that she was focusing on. Being on the Secret Life, do you ever feel like you’re taking on the role of spokesperson about teen sex? With the show, what I’m hoping is when they see the consequences of sex, and young teenage sex, that they pull away from the emotional side of it right then and they think about it twice, because pregnancies can occur. With your character being more kind of the bad girl role, have you dealt with negative feedback from viewers or have you had more positive, and have you been surprised either direction?
When you were in high school, which secret life character would you say was most like how you are? Francia- I guess I was a lot like Adrian, funny enough, but then I had a little bit of Grace in me, too, because I went to a Catholic school and I was very into my religious beliefs and about being a virgin and waiting until marriage. Did you ever think, when the show first started, that it would be Ben that got Adrian pregnant? It’s like the cool thing to talk about and so if their parents are watching it and talking to them about it, then their parents are so cool. Bristol Palin is going to be a guest star on this season and I wanted to know what the experience was like having her on set and do you see her as a role model for young women who find themselves in these situations? Francia- I actually didn’t get to work with her, Shailene [Woodley] got to work with her. How do you feel your character, like what do you feel about your character contributes to season three in terms of her new storyline? Francia- Like I said before, she handles the situation a little differently, so she contributes a different aspect to a teenage pregnancy.
I know you also talk a lot about the relate ability of the show, and I want to talk a little bit about the negative side of that. You talked a lot about the paths of the show, and I’m wondering where do you see the longevity for the show?
This entry was posted in Interviews and tagged ABC Family, Francia Raisa, Interviews, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. What Guys Said 2 systemsuck mho 14% Dunno anything about the show.. It’s finally here — the series finale of The Secret Life of the American Teenager airs TONIGHT! Meanwhile, Adrian (Francia Raisa) is ecstatic when an unexpected visitor knocks on her door. Stars Shailene Woodley, Megan Park, Greg Finley, Renee Olstead, and Amy Rider opened up about their characters evolution during the five seasons of the show. There are just five days until the series premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Stars Shailene Woodley, Daren Kagasoff, Ken Baumann, Francia Raisa, Megan Park, Greg Finley, Allen Evangelista and Camille Winbush all sat down to dish on their favorite moments and scenes throughout the series. Greg Finley, Megan Park, Daren Kagasoff, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann and Francia Raisa all re-created their first cast pic together for the final season of the ABC Family show. The final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager is back on March 18th on ABC Family. In the episode “To Each Her Own,” Amy (Shailene Woodley) and Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) continue planning their wedding, so Amy buys her dress – at a thrift store.

Meanwhile, Ricky is upset about the dress and Adrian (Francia Raisa) thinks the dress reflects her feelings about getting married. The cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager gathers together for one last group pic on the last day of production on Monday afternoon (November 5) in Burbank, Calif.
Shailene Woodley, Megan Park, Renee Olstead, Francia Raisa, Allen Evangelista, Daren Kagasoff and Ken Baumann all tweeted their thoughts to their fans.
Daren Kagasoff lets out a big laugh with Shailene Woodley in this new still from the special holiday episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The Secret Life of the American Teenager is ending after five seasons, THR has confirmed with the network.
The series, whose pilot episode broke the record for the highest rated debut on ABC Family, starred Shailene Woodley, Megan Park, Francia Raisa, Ken Baumann, Daren Kagasoff, Greg Finley and more.
The show will debut its fifth season in March 2013, and by the time it wraps, will have aired 120 episodes. The Secret Life of the American Teenager focused on the unplanned pregnancy of Amy Juergens (Woodley) and how it affected her, her family and her friends. The Secret LIfe of The American teenager Amy Jeurgens: 15 year old teenager goes offto band camp for the summer and meets a charming boy named Ricky Underwood.
Ben (Ken Baumann) reveals to Amy that he knows the truth about her marriage to Ricky, which prompts her to want to move up the wedding, but Ricky isn’t sure if Amy even wants to get married.
Cierra Ramirez hangs out with Abbie Cobb and Chelsea Ricketts in this new still from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Meanwhile, Amy reaches out to Grace (Megan Park) and invites her and Jack (Greg Finley) over for dinner with Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) and John.
Francia Raisa walks alongside Daren Kagasoff and Greg Finley on their way to their first college class in this new still from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Ethan has his eye on the new freshman girl, Kathy (Cierra Ramirez), who also happens to be Amy’s pregnant mentee. On his first day of college, Ricky runs into Clementine (Marielle Jaffe), an old friend from foster care, who is now a gorgeous co-ed attending the same college, along with his old pals Adrian (Raisa) and Jack (Finley).
Haylie Duff comes to Ken Baumann‘s (Ben) defense in her guest-starring role as a lawyer in an upcoming episode of The Secret Life of The American Teenager. The stress of the fire gets to Ben (Baumann) and he goes to Ruben (Steve Schirripa) to confess that he may have burned down the school and is advised to get a lawyer (Duff). The cast and crew of The Secret Life of the American Teenager snap a pic in front of a yummy-looking celebratory cake in this new still from the set.
Check out Renee Olstead and Camille Winbush singing “Marry You” for the flash mob below!
Shailene Woodley shares a kiss with her on-screen fiance Daren Kagasoff in this new still from tonight’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Shai shared with TVLine about the episode, “Our show wouldn’t be what it is without constant new obstacles [Laughs], but yeah, it looks like — it appears — that the wedding is going to happen.
Shailene Woodley cuddles up to Daren Kagasoff in this new clip from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Ben (Ken Baumann) is interested in Dylan (Ana Lucasey), the new girl he met at the graduation party, but her parents want her to be cautious while Leo encourages Ben to ask her out. And, Adrian (Francia Raisa) and Grace (Megan Park) decide to put their boy trouble aside, move in together and attend summer school to support each other over the break. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians can all be placed in this category, along with The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. However, having seen this show on a few occasions (only when I was seeing a young lady who watched it), I have to say it is the most accurate depiction of the American high school experience I have ever seen on television. However, the thing that probably really gives parents and critics pause about this show is that it was created by Brenda Hampton, who is also responsible for the popular, long-running series 7th Heaven. It would seem a great deal of the outraged parents and critics have not been to their children’s high schools.
The only difference between older generations and today is that to older generations certain things seem uncouth, so those thoughts were looked down upon, especially if acted upon.
If indivduals have a problem with shows that depict real life then they should deal with real life, not entertainment that makes them face it. It presents teen pregnancy as just a minor irritation at the best or a great way to catch a guy at the worst. It doesn’t work out with free childcare and guys fighting over you and everyone being super excited.
Raisa plays the sexy seductress Adrian, who while appearing to be a flirtatious hardcore girl, she secretly just wants to be loved.
So much has been going on with my character, being in love with Ricky, and then the relationship with her father, and then her mother, and then now with her pregnancy, it’s just been an emotional roller coaster for Adrian. So it was almost like it was a part of me just because I heard about so much and I was so involved in it. Obviously, she’s also focused on her education, which I really appreciated that they added into the show. I feel like people are paying close attention to what we’re doing, because I remember when I was younger and anytime anyone did something on TV, I wanted to do that too. Mostly the negative that I get is of course I’m Latin and they give me this type of role. Would you like parents to be sitting down with their kids or do you want this to start conversations with them or where do you see mom and dad in here? I have parents coming up to me constantly and actually thanking me and appreciating the fact that this show does exist, because sex is a very touchy subject to talk about with parents and children.
There’s a lot of talk recently I guess online that the show has been steering away more recently from being relatable to a lot of other people who had previously had enjoyed the show.

I think the show can go really, really far as long as people enjoy it and they want to keep watching it. I think adoption is probably one of the hardest things a person will ever have to do, because for me, personally, you have a baby growing inside you for nine months, knowing it’s your blood, and knowing that you created it, and you took care of it, and nourished it for nine months – only to give it up.
Kathy (Cierra Ramirez) is conflicted about going back home after having the baby, and Ethan begs his parents to let him fly to Texas with her to ask Kathy’s parents if she can stay. Amy (Shailene Woodley) and Ricky (Kagasoff) fight over Amy’s college plans, but the fight is about much more. Meanwhile, Anne (Molly Ringwald) and George (Mark Derwin) discover that Ashley (India Eisley) ran off to cooking school in Italy by herself.
Amy also contemplates summer school, while Ashley (India Eisley) surprises her family by returning home.
But, it turns out that Ben should be the cautious one as it turns out that Dylan and her friends Raven, Mercedes and Wendy might be trouble.
The show deals with teenagers, parents, sex and high school (which most of us get to know all too well over those tumultuous four years between junior high and the real world). Because that show dealt with the wholesome family of a preacher and how family members dealt with their respective issues and mostly stayed true to their values, many probably expected the same type of show from Hampton this time around. In the last scene that you see with Adrian, you see that she is calling the women’s health clinic. She has to decide for another life as well as her own, so there is a lot of growing up that she has to do this coming season.
Once things are going well, then something happens and she feels like she has to get revenge. I heard about it in, when was it, I heard about it right before we came back on the air in February.
This show is about teen sex and teen pregnancy, so she definitely has a voice about her experience being a teen mother, and the positivity about it and then also the negativity.
But like I said before, she had sex to get back at someone, and she only did it once, as a result she got pregnant. The main character, Amy Juergens (played by Shailene Woodley), becomes pregnant in the first season and she and her friends end up dealing with the consequences of sex and relationships while still just trying to figure out who they are. Secret Life has the potential to bring things up for discussion so that the proper lessons can be taught and learned (assuming anyone actually watches TV with, talks to, or spends time with their kids anymore). I don’t know what school you went to, but this is hardly typical of the experiences of a high school teen mother.
I think instead of hating the show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, parents need to watch it and get serious about talking to their kids about sex.
The reason why she was hiding it from Ben and trying to hide it from everyone else is because I think she’s calling to decide whether she is going to keep the baby. She has to think for another life and not just for hers and so she’s really growing up and maturing a lot, and letting people in her life, and opening up friendships. But , yes, it made me a little more aware of my personality and it just brought back so many high school memories. And this show it kind of opens the door for that conversation seeing a pregnancy and heartbreak and just everything that sex brings into young teenage lives is a way for a parent to have examples I guess you can say.
She is a big example for a lot of teenagers, especially having her mom being such a big figure in political culture.
And like I said before, it’s easier to see someone else go through, so you can see it for yourself or relate it to yourself. Those who are offended by this show should deal with the issues addressed instead of changing the channel. Also, the obsession with sex that these teens have is so stereotypical and overplayed in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE.
Now my daughter is only 4 and I know I have a long way to go but this show has all the questions in mind that I should ask her when she grows up. But yes, I was really glad to have her on the show and I know a lot of people are going to be looking forward to watching her and listening to what she has to say. So just think about your actions before you do it, is it really that big of a deal, is it really that important, is he really the love of your life? I know that the audience enjoys it and there’s so much more that can be written and done on the show.
The more I watch the more I want to protect my daughter but also know that she is her own person. I just felt la connection with Adrian and I think I just did a good job at the audition and they gave me the part, because there was also a Caucasian girl that auditioned for my role.
The new season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager is coming soon and I can’t wait to watch it.
He was a guy that I was in love with and that he was always messing around with other girls, but yet dating me on the side. And you know what, we might again with my pregnancy on the show, because we’ll be exploring all options. They show that the baby daddy will likely NOT be involved, that the mom likely won’t graduate from high school, etc. It was bad enough when it happened with Amy but now the second one is going to get married and have it all work out perfectly.
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