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'Secret Life' Scoop: Francia Raisa Talks Kissing Grace & Stealing Ricky

Fri, June 22, 2012 3:33pm EDT by Andy Swift 27 Comments
'Secret Life' Scoop: Francia Raisa Talks Kissing Grace & Stealing Ricky

Plus, Francia talks about her Teen Choice & Imagen Award nominations. Find out how you can vote for her!

Just when I thought The Secret Life of the American Teenager couldn’t get any more sexified, this summer’s batch of drama brought even more scandals — teen marriage and lesbian experimentation, to name a few — and Francia Raisa‘s Adrian has her sassy, well-manicured hand in all of it. chatted with the Teen Choice and Imagen Award nominee for the scoop on what else fans can expect in season five, including whether Adrian will try to steal Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) away from Amy (Shailene Woodley).

Enjoy my full interview with Francia below:

Congratulations on your nominations! How are you feeling?

I’m excited! It’s my first [Teen Choice] nomination, and it’s for Choice Scene Stealer. It’s four days before my birthday and, you know, a surfboard would be a pretty good gift. [Click here to sign in and vote for Fransia!]

‘Scene stealer’ is the perfect way to describe Adrian.

Thank you, I agree.

Except maybe ‘boyfriend stealer.’

Either one works. I think I would unanimously win that one. Hands down.

I still can’t believe season five started the week after season four ended. When are you guys not working?

We literally have our vacation during the holiday, and that’s it. From February to November, we shoot. But I don’t mind it. I hate sitting on my butt. If I don’t work more than a day on an episode, I ask [creator Brenda Hampton] for more to do.

Onto season five, will we see Grace and Adrian rebuilding their rocky friendship?

It’s only rocky because Grace freaked out. We were experimenting, like I’m sure a lot of people to do. But they’re friends, and at the end of the day, she’ll get over it. It’s not like Adrian did something malicious to her. She’s just a little freaked out. The friendship will always be there, though.

Any chance there will be more experimenting in the future?

I never know what’s going on. I’ll think a storyline is done, but then it’ll come back. I think the show catches me by surprise as much as it captures the fans by surprise. Sometimes I’ll get a script and go, ‘Wait, what?’ So hey, maybe Adrian will meet a girl some day, and say, ‘This is who I love!’

Hey, you never know. She has pretty much run out of guys in town.

The boyfriend she has now breaks up with her every five minutes. She doesn’t really want to be with him, but he’s there, so she’ll take what she can get.

Do you think she could still have feelings for Ricky, even though he’s married?

I love that she says she’s not, because I definitely think she is. You can’t really just get over your first love like that. Their relationship was so passionate that I think they’ll always have a special place in each other’s heart. That’s one of the reasons why Ricky said he can’t be friends with Adrian. He needed to push her away to have a relationship with Amy.

And how will their marriage change the dynamic of the group?

Even though they’re married, Ricky will still be a bad boy. And who knows, some random girl might come in and sweep him off his feet! You can’t live happily ever after on this show. There will always be drama.

And most of it will end up on ‘The Soup.’ How do you feel about being on there so much?

Oh my gosh, I love it! I love it so much. I started TiVoing The Soup. I love that they make fun of us!

Looking ahead, how would you like to see Adrian change?

I have so much fun with everything she does, so I hope Adrian keeps doing things to make the show more interesting. I guess I’m supposed to say I hope she grows up and matures, but I have too much fun playing crazy.

What do you hope to see on Secret Life this season? Do you want Amy and Ricky’s marriage to last, or do you think Ricky belongs with Adrian? Do you think Adrian and Grace are done experimenting? Drop a comment with your thoughts and theories! And check out ABC Family’s official Secret Life page for more show info.

— Andy Swift