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Raisa at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
|Born||Francia Raisa Almendárez
July 26, 1988
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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 and in The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Adrian Lee.
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.
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: Chasing the Dream and The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice 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.
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.
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.
|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: Chasing the Dream||Alejandra 'Alex' Delgado||TV film|
|2010||The Cutting Edge: Fire and 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|
|2013||Strain||Lead Bully||Anti-bullying Silent Short Film|
|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)|
|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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