(1988-07-26) July 26, 1988
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
She is currently the host of “WTFrancia” on Main Stage on Dash Radio.
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.
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.
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. Her product, Ellobella, is a wrinkle-resistant dress folded into a custom made pouch small enough to fit in your purse. The estimated delivery date for her Kickstarter supporters is December 2015.
|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||Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream, TheThe Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream||Alexandra “Alex” Delgado||Television film|
|2008–2013||Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager||Adrian Lee||Main role; 121 episodes|
|2009||In Plain Sight||Olivia Moreno / Olivia Morales||Episode: “Jailbait”|
|2010||Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice, TheThe 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||Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project||Katie||Episode: “Frat Party”|
|2013||Christmas Bounty||Tory Bell||Television film|
|2013||Snow Globe Christmas, AA Snow Globe Christmas||Penny||Television film|
|2016||Wrong Car, TheThe 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; post-production|
|2015||Gibberish (feat. Hoodie Allen)||MAX|
Awards and nominations
|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|