Francia Raisa

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Francia Raisa
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Raisa at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
Born Francia Raisa Almendárez
(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Francia Raisa Almendárez (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. She is sometimes credited as Francia Almendárez. Raisa is most notable for her roles in Bring It On: All or Nothing, where she plays a tough Latina cheerleader named Leti, The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Adrian Lee, or The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream[1] as Alejandra "Alex" Delgado and reprising her role in The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice.

Early life[edit]

Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Renan Almendarez Coello and Virginia Almendarez. She is of Honduran and Mexican descent and has two younger sisters, Italia and Irlanda. A few years after Raisa was born her father started using his new Latin radio personality, "El Cucuy." She attended Bishop Alemany High School where she was a cheerleader.[2]

At the early age of five, Raisa began taking dance lessons excelling in tap, jazz, acrobatics, Hip hop, and Polynesian dance. She also explored karate and ice skating.


Raisa began to take acting jobs in her junior year of high school, modeling for print ads and appearing in commercials. She guest-starred in the sitcoms American Family: Journey of Dreams and Over There. Just a month into her senior year, she booked one of her first lead roles, starring opposite Hayden Panettiere in Bring It On: All or Nothing. She co-starred in the Nickelodeon movie Shredderman Rules, where she portrayed Isabel and in The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, as Alejandra Delgado. She played the role of Adrian Lee in the hit ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, from its beginning in July 2008, until the series finale in early June 2013.

Raisa appeared in Lil' Romeo's music video "My Girlfriend" as Tamy in 2004 and in Iyaz's music video "So Big".

In 2009, Raisa guest-starred on the USA network's TV series "In Plain Sight" and she reprised her role as the lead for the sequel to MGM's The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice in spring 2010.

She has also co-starred in a short film directed by David Henrie called Boo, which aired recently on YouTube.

Raisa appeared in a music video for pop duo Savvy & Mandy and also guest starred in Degrassi: Next Generation: Season 2.

In 2013, Raisa starred in the Christmas movie, Christmas Bounty, alongside Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Leti Direct-to-video
2007 Shredderman Rules Isabel TV film
2008 ASD. Alma sin dueño Unknown Role
2008 The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream Alejandra 'Alex' Delgado TV film
2009 Fired Up! Marly Cameo
2010 Bulletface Maria
2010 The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice Alejandra 'Alex' Delgado TV film
2012 Chastity Bites Katharine Garcia Post-production
2013 Christmas Bounty Tory TV film
2013 A Snowglobe Christmas Penny TV film
2014 Beyond Paradise Shahrzad
Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Family: Journey of Dreams Karina
2005 Over There Sawa "The Prisoner" (season 1: episode 3)
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Adrian Lee Main role
2009 In Plain Sight Olivia Morales "Jailbait" (season 2: episode 11)
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Erin Vickler "Trends with Benefits" (season 12: episode 17)
2013 The Mindy Project Katie "Frat Party" (season 1: episode 23)
2013 WWE Raw Herself
2015 UnREAL Inez


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2011 Nominated ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress: Leading Role in a Drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Won Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special
2012 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer: Female
Nominated Imagen Awards Best Young Actress in a Television Series


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