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Francia Raisa
Francia Raisa in 2012
Raisa in August 2012
Francia Raisa Almendarez

(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2004–present
Parent(s)Renán Almendárez Coello
Virginia Alméndarez

Francia Raisa Almendarez (born July 26, 1988[1][better source needed]) is an American actress.[2] Raisa is known for her roles in Bring It On: All or Nothing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager[3] and Grown-ish.


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
    • 4.3 Music videos
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life and education[edit]

Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to mother Virginia Almendárez (née Pelayo) and father Renán Almendárez Coello, an American radio personality.[3] She is of Mexican and Honduran descent.[4][5] She has two younger sisters.[citation needed] A few years after Raisa was born, her father started using his new Latin radio personality, "El Cucuy".[3]

Raisa attended Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, where she was a cheerleader.[6]


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.

Raisa in February 2008

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.[7][8] She starred in Freeform's 2018 television film, Life-Size 2, opposite Tyra Banks.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Raisa was born in Los Angeles.[10]

In the summer of 2017, Raisa donated one of her kidneys to her friend, actress and singer Selena Gomez, who has lupus.[11][12][13]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bring It On: All or Nothing Leti Direct-to-video; credited as Francia Almendarez
2009 Fired Up! Marly
2010 Bulletface Maria
2013 Chastity Bites Katharine
2018 Beyond Paradise Shahrzad


Year Title Role Notes
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 Grown-ish Ana Torres Main role[8]
2018 Life-Size 2 Grace Manning Television film[14]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Artist
2010 So Big Iyaz[15]
2015 Gibberish (feat. Hoodie Allen) MAX[16][17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Refs
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