Growing up is tough. The Secret Life of the American Teenager handled teen points in a manner maybe by no means seen on a TV present earlier than it. The sequence additionally made a family title out of one of the most sought-after actresses working at present.
The ABC Family drama aired for 5 seasons from July 2008 to June 2013. The sequence adopted Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) as she dealt with being pregnant and parenthood whereas additionally combating every thing that comes from being a highschool scholar.
Woodley was not a novice when she landed the function that might propel her to stardom. She had already appeared on The O.C. from 2003 to 2004 and on a spread of different exhibits as a visitor star. The Emmy nominee appreciated the subject material of The Secret Life of the American Teenager when she agreed to embody the lead character.
“When I signed onto Secret Life, I read [three] episodes and I signed a contract for six years,” she revealed in an April 2020 interview with Bustle. “[Those episodes] all hit home. I had friends in high school who were pregnant. It felt like everything that I wanted to be sending into the world.”
However, Woodley’s opinions about the story traces modified as in later seasons she noticed her character’s being pregnant change into a cautionary story whereas abstinence was inspired.
“There were a lot of things that were written into the scripts that not just me, but a lot of the cast, disagreed with,” she defined. “There were belief systems that were pushed that were different than my own. Yet legally I was stuck there. To this day it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. So being on Secret Life propelled me to be more vocal about my own belief systems.”
Despite her damaging expertise behind the scenes, Woodley definitely made a long-lasting impression along with her efficiency, from the time of her audition. “Before Shailene Woodley ever walked into the room to audition, I looked at her headshot, looked at Peter Pappas, who we can all thank for casting this show, and I said, ‘She looks like a star,’” creator Brenda Hampton advised Entertainment Weekly in 2012. “And after reading for the role of Amy, when Shailene left the room, I said, ‘She is a star.’”
The Big Little Lies alum fashioned lasting friendships along with her costars whereas capturing the present too. “We already feel like we’re actual high school friends,” Megan Park (Grace Bowman) mentioned throughout the cast’s October 2020 digital reunion. “Even if lots of time has passed, and you see whether it’s kind of like no time has passed, because we just sort of had these formative years together. So to me, you guys actually feel like my, like, OG high school friends, which is kind of cool.”
Scroll via the gallery beneath to see what the cast has been as much as since the present ended.