We Love Soaps: Did you ever think, when the show first started, that it would be Ben that got Adrian pregnant?
Francia Raisa: Never. My jaw dropped when I heard about it. I heard about it in, when was it, I heard about it right before we came back on the air in February. I went to this event and Brenda [Hampton] told me, and I was like, "No way, you're kidding me," like never in my life did I think that was going to happen. I thought it would be Ricky and Adrian, all the way Ricky and Adrian. Never in my life did I think I would even have a scene with Ben.
We Love Soaps: When you were in high school, which secret life character would you say was most like how you were? Is it Adrian or someone else?
Francia Raisa: 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. I preached about it in school all the time, like, "I'm waiting until marriage, I'm this, and I'm that,” and I did that a lot in high school. I remember people making bets with me, being like, "I'll pay you $500 if you wait," and I was like, "I'll take that bet." So I was like Grace in a sense, but then I was a lot like Adrian just because I couldn't keep my mouth shut. I was very blunt, and a lot of my friends say I have no filter. And I'm like, "Well, it's true and if I'm thinking it, I'm going to say it."
I was a bit vindictive at times and I was obsessed. I had a Ricky in my school. 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. That's why I can relate to Adrian so much, because this guy never took me seriously; just like Ricky doesn't really take her seriously, but secretly loves her, but yet can't stop being with other girls.
We Love Soaps: What have you learned if anything about yourself from playing the character of Adrian?
Francia Raisa: Let's see, I learned a lot about myself, like I said, I relate to her a lot, but I wasn't so aware of it or conscious of my actions, until I started playing her. And then my friends kept telling me, "You're just like that," or "You did the same thing," and I'm like, "Really? Maybe I should be a little nicer sometimes.” [Laughs]. But, yes, it made me a little more aware of my personality and it just brought back so many high school memories.
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