Francia Raisa

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Francia Raisa
Francia Raisa 2, 2012.jpg
Raisa at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
BornFrancia Raisa Almendárez
(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
 
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Francia Raisa
Francia Raisa 2, 2012.jpg
Raisa at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
BornFrancia Raisa Almendárez
(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2004–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 3: 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 came up with the 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.

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 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

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Bring It On: All or NothingLetiDirect-to-video
2007Shredderman RulesIsabelTV film
2008ASD. Alma sin dueñoUnknown Role
2008The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the DreamAlejandra 'Alex' DelgadoTV film
2009Fired Up!MarlyCameo
2010BulletfaceMaria
2010The Cutting Edge: Fire & IceAlejandra 'Alex' DelgadoTV film
2012Chastity BitesKatharine GarciaPost-production
2013Christmas BountyToryTV film
2013A Snowglobe ChristmasPennyTV film
2014Beyond ParadiseShahrzad
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2004American Family: Journey of DreamsKarina
2005Over ThereSawa"The Prisoner" (season 1: episode 3)
2008–2013The Secret Life of the American TeenagerAdrian LeeMain role
2009In Plain SightOlivia Morales"Jailbait" (season 2: episode 11)
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationErin Vickler"Trends with Benefits" (season 12: episode 17)
2013The Mindy ProjectKatie"Frat Party" (season 1: episode 23)
2013WWE RawHerself

Awards[edit]

Awards
YearResultAwardCategoryNominated Work
2011NominatedALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress: Leading Role in a DramaThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
WonGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special
2012NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Scene Stealer: Female
NominatedImagen AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television Series

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