Francia Raisa

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Francia Raisa
Born Francia Raisa
(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer, radio personality on Dash Radio.
Years active 2004–present
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[1]

Francia Raisa (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. Raisa is most notable for her roles in Bring It On: All or Nothing and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.[2]

She is currently the host of "WTFrancia" on Main Stage on Dash Radio.

Early life[edit]

Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are 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.[3]

Career[edit]

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.

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

Raisa appeared in a music video for pop duo Savvy & Mandy and guest starred in the second season of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

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

Raisa officially launched a Kickstarter project on October 8, 2015.[4] Her product, Ellobella, is a wrinkle-resistant dress folded into a custom made pouch small enough to fit in your purse.[5][6] The estimated delivery date for her Kickstarter supporters is December 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Leti Video
2009 Fired Up! Marly
2010 Bulletface Maria
2012 Strain Julie Short
2013 Chastity Bites Katharine
2016 Beyond Paradise Shahrzad
2016 Dirty Lies Officer Ramirez
2016 Secrets of Emily Blair, TheThe Secrets of Emily Blair Tara
2016 Holly's Girl Girl Short, completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Over There Sawa "The Prisoner"
2007 Shredderman Rules Isabel Lopez TV film
2008 Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream, TheThe Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream Alexandra "Alex" Delgado TV film
2008-13 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager Adrian Lee Main role
2009 In Plain Sight Olivia Moreno / Olivia Morales "Jailbait"
2010 Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice, TheThe Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice Alexandra "Alex" Delgado TV film
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Erin Vickler "Trends with Benefits"
2013 Company Town Grace TV film
2013 Massholes Francia Raisa "Catfish and Coldcuts"
2013 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Katie "Frat Party"
2013 Christmas Bounty Tory Bell TV film
2013 Snow Globe Christmas, AA Snow Globe Christmas Penny TV film
2016 Wrong Car, TheThe Wrong Car Gretchen TV film
2016 Hit the Floor Rennae "Carrying", "Killer Crossover"
2017 Once Upon a Date Izzy Flores TV film, post-production

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Artist
2015 Gibberish (feat. Hoodie Allen) MAX[7][8]
2010 Iyaz[9]

Awards[edit]

Awards
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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