THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER
Daren Kagasoff portrays Ricky Underwood in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The series will air its spring premiere on Monday March 18, at 8/7c. The actor from Encino, California defied all the odds at one of his very first auditions, when 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton handpicked him - from among hundreds of other actors - for his breakout role in her new series for ABC Family. He recently took time out from filming to talk about his experience on the show.
What is the hardest challenge you faced from your time on the show?
We would get the episodes probably the night before we would have to shoot and it would take seven days, so I guess getting the dialogue down was one of the most challenging things. But the writers were so good at doing their job and writing good scripts, so it actually got easier as the seasons progress. But I think that was the most challenging.
There are lots of questions left up in the air. Is there anything you can tease us about the series finale and if many of our questions will get answered?
Many questions will get answered, that's all pretty much I can say. I know everybody wants Amy and Ricky to end up together, and I guess you guys will see if that happens.
We all know that next is Delirium, so if Ricky were dropped into the world of Delirium, would he get the cure?
Definitely not. He would definitely not get the cure.
Would Ricky be friends with Alex or Julian?
Definitely Alex, because I think their personalities are very similar. Yes, definitely Alex, I'd say.
What is your fondest memory from the show?
Probably the last day of shooting. We shot a lot of intense scenes, and to wrap up the show the way we did - I'll never forget it. And all of the people that were there that day, you just don't forget those types of moments, and thankfully I'm going to have that for the rest of my life, so probably the last day of shooting.
Are you happy with the way the series ended for you and for what the outcome for Ricky is?
Very happy, very happy. I think the fans will be happy too.
You've had some great guest stars so far in the show. Can we expect any new faces this season?
A couple. They're definitely coming in and out as far as new relationships that occur this next season. I can't really say who, but there's definitely going to be some familiar faces that you've seen from other projects.
Is there anyone that you would love to work with some day?
Yes, there's several. Probably Leonardo DiCaprio, I'd like to work with him.
Do you respect the way that Ricky has turned out and are you happy with who he is?
Most definitely. In the beginning, when Secret Life first started Ricky was just a high school kid that didn't really take any responsibility for his actions, and was just was kind of floating through life. And ever since he had John with Amy things changed drastically, and I think he made the most positive decisions in his life to put his son first and his girlfriend first priority. So I'm very pleased with what the writers did with my character from the beginning to the end. I think he's made a full circle and it was a pleasure to play and hopefully the fans will like to see that.
Can you talk about what has been your favorite episode from the series that you've loved?
Yes, I know I've been asked that question before and I said the day I won valedictorian of my class and I had to learn all these lines, it must have been a nine page monologue, and that was the most challenging because I had to talk to about 200 people that were sitting out in the audience. And it was just daunting, and I got through it and I got through it well, and that was probably one of my most memorable scenes.
With the series coming to an end, what do you think you'll miss most about your time on the show?
Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, covering TV, flm and the best of Broadway theater. |