Raisa in 2018
Francia Raisa Almendarez
July 26, 1988
Early life and education
Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to a Mexican mother, Virginia Almendárez (née Pelayo) and Renán Almendárez Coello, a Honduran-born radio personality. A few years after Raisa was born, her father started using his new Latin radio personality, "El Cucuy".
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. Raisa appeared in Lil' Romeo's music video "My Girlfriend" as Tamy in 2004 and in Iyaz's music video "So Big". 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 Alexandra 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 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.
Since early 2018, Raisa has starred in the Freeform show, Grown-ish, executive produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. She starred in Freeform's 2018 television film, Life-Size 2, opposite Tyra Banks.
|2006||Bring It On: All or Nothing||Leti||Direct-to-video; credited as Francia Almendarez|
|2005||Over There||Sawa||Episode: "The Prisoner"|
|2007||Shredderman Rules||Isabel Lopez||Television film|
|2008||The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream||Alexandra "Alex" Delgado||Television film|
|2008–2013||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Adrian Lee||Main role|
|2009||In Plain Sight||Olivia Moreno / Olivia Morales||Episode: "Jailbait"|
|2010||The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice||Alexandra "Alex" Delgado||Television film|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Erin Vickler||Episode: "Trends with Benefits"|
|2013||Company Town||Grace||Television film|
|2013||Massholes||Francia Raisa||Episode: "Catfish and Coldcuts"|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Katie||Episode: "Frat Party"|
|2013||Christmas Bounty||Tory Bell||Television film|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas||Penny||Television film|
|2016||The Wrong Car||Gretchen||Television film|
|2016||Hit the Floor||Rennae||Episodes: "Carrying", "Killer Crossover"|
|2017||Dear White People||Vanessa||Episodes: "Chapter VI", "Chapter X"|
|2017||Tiny House of Terror||Sam||Television film|
|2017||Once Upon a Date||Izzy Flores||Television film|
|2018||Black-ish||Ana||episode: "Don't You Be My Neighbor"|
|2018–present||Grown-ish||Ana Torres||Main role|
|2018||Life-Size 2||Grace Manning||Television film|
|2013||"Everybody Knows"||Dustin Tavella|
|2015||"Gibberish" (feat. Hoodie Allen)||MAX|
Awards and nominations
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|2011||ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Actress: Leading Role in a Drama||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Nominated|
|2011||Gracie Allen Awards||Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Scene Stealer: Female||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Nominated|
|2012||Imagen Awards||Best Young Actress in a Television Series||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Nominated|
|2016||Imagen Awards||Best Actress - Feature Film||Beyond Paradise||Nominated|
|2018||Imagen Awards||Best Supporting Actress - Television||Grown-ish||Nominated|
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- Petski, Denise (August 30, 2017). "'Grown-ish': 'Black-ish' Spinoff Adds Francia Raisa & Jordan Buhat As Regulars, Chloe x Halle To Recur". Deadline Hollywood.
- Agard, Chancellor (August 30, 2017). "'Grown-ish': Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Join 'Black-ish' Spin-Off". Entertainment Weekly.
- Petski, Denise (July 9, 2018). "Francia Raisa To Co-Star Opposite Tyra Banks In 'Life Size 2' On Freeform". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Who is Francia Raisa? 5 things about the 'Grown-ish' actress you've probably seen before". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- France, Lisa Respers (September 15, 2017). "Selena Gomez's best friend gave her a kidney". CNN.
- Kim, Eun Kyung (October 31, 2017). "Selena Gomez: Kidney transplant 'defined everything that I am right now'". The Today Show.
- "Francia Raisa Talks Recovery After Selena Gomez Kidney Donation". Us Weekly. February 17, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Nolfi, Joey (July 9, 2018). "Tyra Banks reveals Francia Raisa as her costar, more Life-Size 2 plot details". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- Iyaz (August 11, 2010). "So Big [Official Music Video] - Iyaz".
- Yaranon, Charisma (July 15, 2013). "Dustin Tavella Releases "Everybody Knows" Video Featuring Danny Trejo and Marielle Jaffe with Appearances from Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa, Samantha Droke and Baby Bash". Cision PRWeb. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- Raisa, Fancia (March 22, 2015). "Had so much fun working with these guys for @maxgschneider new video "gibberish" which will be dropping tomorrow! Thanks for having me be a part of it @maxgschneider and @laurajquinn excited for you guys to see it". FranciaRaisa. Instagram.
- Max (March 23, 2015). "Max - Gibberish (feat. Hoodie Allen) [Official Music Video - YTMAs]".
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