It’s hot fun in the summer sun when The Secret Life of the American Teenager kicks off the second half of season four tonight — and we’ve got the inside scoop on the season from Francia Raisa, who plays Adrian on the hit ABC Family drama, as well as the 411 on her new horror film, Chastity Bites.
“We are a bunch of teenagers going through drama every day of our lives so expect that again,” says the 23-year-old Los Angeles native. “There is a new relationship developing between the six of us. The audience is going to be really shocked. I am curious about their reaction when they see it.”
So before you tune in tonight for all the action, check out what Francia has to say:
Did your character finish high school over the summer?
She does. She goes to summer school. She was allowed to walk [in graduation] but she has to complete her credits to get her diploma and it does happen. What I am shooting right now is her and Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) going to college together.
How is it now that some of the students graduated?
Ricky has to stay in town because he has a child and he is getting married. As far as my character, I go wherever Ricky goes.
But in last season’s finale when he kissed you, you said it was over.
Adrian says it is over for a lot of things. How many times do girls in relationships break up and say, “I’m over it.” And a day later they are, “I’m still in love with him.”
Any guest stars that might be of interest?
Hayley Duff just guest starred the other day and I worked with her. I will say this, she plays an attorney, so there is definitely a legal issue comes up with one of the six of us.
What did you do during your hiatus?
I did a movie called Chastity Bites. It is like a comedy/horror film. It is a modern tale of Elizabeth Bathory, who is referenced in a lot of horror movies. It is like Scream orHeathers. I am the second lead. I am a young, naive teenager, who is trying to fit in but she doesn’t. She has all this acne and she is very insecure. She has found a best friend named Leah (Allison Scagliotti) and she kind of adapts to what Leah wants. But Leah is not very likeable.
So are we going to be screaming at you, “Don’t go in that room!”
Pretty much, because it is about a woman who likes to stay young and her way of staying young is by bathing in virgin blood. So she goes from school to school talking about abstinence and celibacy and she picks a few virgins. She is like, “You are only allowed to be in this club if you are a virgin.” Slowly but surely, she starts killing people off and bathing in their blood to get younger and younger. The blood is almost like a spell that is put upon people. She turns some parents against their children. I fall in love with her because she gives me attention. It is the first time anyone has given me attention and I am going through this sexual identity crisis at the same time in the movie. I can’t give too much more away.
I finished that in January and when I finished that, I went to Cabo for a little bit. When I got back, I shot an episode of CSI that aired recently. Then I went right back to Secret Life.
Adrian has been married. Is the divorce final when we return?
You will see more of the divorce going on throughout this season.
What would you say to a girl who was in your character’s shoes — pregnant and married and divorced at such a young age?
If you are pregnant and you are young, do what is best for your child. You have to care for someone else now. You are not allowed to be selfish at that point. Just do what you can to make sure that child has the best possible life he or she can, whether it means adoption or you are sacrificing yourself by working and finding ways to make sure they have a good upbringing. Get support from friends and family. At the end of the day, family is very important. They have unconditional love for you. As angry as parents can be, at the same time, they are blood.
What is it about Adrian that you can relate to, if anything?
I can relate to so much. I was a bit like her when I was in high school. I tap a little bit of myself into her. I could be a bit vindictive sometimes. I had a Ricky in my life when I was in high school. Nowadays sex is a big thing, sex wasn’t a big thing back then. If we kissed each other that was a big deal. When I had my Ricky in my life, I would be, “I am over him. I’m done.” And he would go to another girl and I was, “Wait a minute. I still love him.” The Adrian in me would come out and I would find ways to get him to cheat on her or something. I am not like that anymore.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
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