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Francia Raisa Almendárez (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. She is also credited as Francia Raisa. Francia is best known for playing majorette Aidrian Lee in the ABC Family TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Leti, a tough Latina cheerleader, in the film Bring It On: All or Nothing.


Almendárez was born and raised in Southern California. Her mother, Virginia Almendárez, was born in Mexico, and her father, Maximo Renán Almendárez Coello, was born in Honduras. Her parents worked extremely hard to give Francia and her two sisters, Irlanda and Italia, a normal, happy life in Los Angeles. A few years after Almendárez was born, her father came up with the winning Latin radio personality "El Cucuy," and since then he has been the number one disc jockey in Los Angeles on 97.9 FM, La Raza. Almendárez attended Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California.


At the age of five, Almendárez began taking dance lessons, excelling in tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, and Polynesian dance. Almendárez began to book acting jobs during 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. 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 The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, as Alejandra Delgado. She currently plays the role of Adrian Lee in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

In 2009, Almendárez guest-starred on the USA network's TV series "In Plain Sight" and she will be reprising her role as the lead for the sequel to MGM's The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice in spring 2010. Almendárez has dated Hip-Hop choreographer Shane Sparks.

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