Ken Baumann is nominated for a Teen Choice Award this year for his role as Ben on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Usually level-headed and reserved, Ben has found himself in quite a messy situation this season - having a baby with Adrian while still dating Amy. Clearly Ben has some soul-searching to do. In the meantime, Ken let J-14 in on a little Secret Life scoop and even told us a bit more about his own life experiences, too!
J-14: What was it like finding out you got the role on Secret Life?
Ken: It was great. It was a huge deal because I had only booked pilots up until then. I did four and none of them got picked up. Secret Life was a six or ten episode order. So I knew, "Oh man. This is going to air. This is going to make it on television." That was huge. It was a lot of pressure. I could just tell reading the script that this was going to be really popular entertainment. I knew people were going to love it. It was pretty amazing.
J-14: Who in the cast are you really close with?
Ken: I would say that we all get along pretty darn well, which is amazing. I would say on set, I get along best with the boys - Daren and Greg. We just are buffoons and we are constantly cracking each other up. But I love working with everybody. I think that in this upcoming season, I have a lot of scenes with Francia and those scenes always feel particularly charged and fun to play. Everybody gets along great. I would say though, I am goofiest and most like myself with the guys probably.
J-14: What's next for Ben? How will he handle all the drama?
Ken: I don't want to get in trouble here. What can I divulge? I would say the second season has been the most challenging for Ben. Episode to episode, there is a lot of turmoil and big decisions that Ben has to make and help make. This season we will see a lot of him navigating and really deciding who he wants to be.
J-14: What is something you just don't understand about girls?
Ken: So much! I think that you could ask me the same question on my deathbed and I'd give the same response. I think people in general are incredibly mysterious and hard to figure out -- women, in particular. If I ever say no to that, it will be a sad time. There would be nothing left to discover. I hope I am always confused.
J-14: Have you ever been heartbroken? How did you deal with that?
Ken: I think I had my first Dear John letter or break up letter when I was like in third grade. I had been going out with a girl for a long time. We considered ourselves little adults and we were dating for over a year. That sucked. It's okay though -- you learn from that stuff. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Heartbreak sucks but it is worth it.
J-14: On a lighter note, do you have any fun truth or dare stories?
Ken: I used to live in an apartment complex in LA. They wouldn't let kids go on the roof for any reason whatsoever. I believe that I not only got dared to go on the roof, but I got dared to stay on the roof completely naked -- which I did because it was a dare. You have to do the dares. I was there for a total of five minutes. In the third minute or so, up walked security and I put on my clothes and it was the walk of shame. That was bad. That was probably the most bold and stupid I was.
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