On Monday's third season premiere of THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, we learned that Adrian was indeed pregnant, despite what she told Ben and everyone else. Actress Francia Raisa, who plays Adrian, played the storyline to perfection. We Love Soaps spoke with Raisa on Tuesday after the big reveal to find out what she thinks of this new plot twist and more.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.