Francia Raisa Biography
Francia Raisa is a bilingual first-generation Mexican and Honduran actress, born and raised in Los Angeles. Francia began her acting career in 2005 at the fresh-faced age of 17 and has since made quite an impression in Hollywood.
Francia Raisa Almendarez (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. Raisa is known for her roles in Bring It On: All Or Nothing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Grown-ish.
Raisa began taking up acting work, posing for print advertisements, and featuring in advertising during her junior year at high school. She has a background in dance, cheerleading, acrobatics, karate, and figure skating.
|Real Name:||Francia Raisa Almendarez|
|Date of Birth:||July 26, 1988|
|Place of Birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Net Worth||$3 million|
Early Life and Career
Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to a Mexican mother, Virginia Almendárez (née Pelayo) and Renán Almendárez Coello, a Honduran-born radio personality who later took up a radio name, “El Cucuy”
Franca attended Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, where she was a cheerleader. Bishop Alemany High School is a Roman Catholic high school located in Mission Hills in Los Angeles, California.
She was named Franca after the country, France. She has two sisters, Irlanda (named after Ireland) and Italia (named after Italy.
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 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.
One of the recent production she has featured on is the series, Grown-ish, executive produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris which she has been starring from 2018 to 2022.
The list of films, TV shows and music videos she has featured on are as listed below:
|2006||Bring It On: All or Nothing|
|2008||The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream|
|2008–2013||The Secret Life of the American Teenager|
|2009||In Plain Sight|
|2010||The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
|2013||The Mindy Project|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas|
|2016||The Wrong Car|
|2016||Hit the Floor|
|2017||Dear White People|
|2017||Tiny House of Terror|
|2017||Once Upon a Date|
|2022||How I Met Your Father|
|2010||“So Big” by Iyaz|
|2013||“Everybody Knows” by Dustin Tavella|
|2015||“Gibberish” (feat. Hoodie Allen) by MAX|
|2020||“Man” by JoJo|
She has won the Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special for the TV show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
In 2017, Raisa donated one of her kidneys to her friend, who is an American singer and actress, Selena Gomez, who had lupus. Selena Gomez is an ex – girlfriend to American singer, Justin Bieber.
In 2009, Franca Raisa began dating Hosea Chanchez and their relationship lasted for four years of which they got engaged in February 2013 but by April, 2013, the relationship was broken.
She is dating Chris Adkins.
- Instagram: @franciaraisa
- Twitter: @franciaraisa