When Secret Life of the American Teenager premiered in July 2008, it was immediately considered a groundbreaking series.
Starring Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Megan Park, Greg Finley, Francia Raisa, Daren Kagasoff, among others, the show followed the story of a teenager named Amy Juergens, who found out she was pregnant after a fling at band camp and the events that followed. After five seasons, the show came to an end in June 2013.
“Throughout the past four seasons she’s come into her own,” Shailene told The Hollywood Reporter of her character in March 2012, ahead of the final season. “I think there’s always that one point in an adolescent’s life where there’s a catalyst that kind of springs them into becoming their own, and I think this season Amy’s becoming her own.”
In the end, her character, Amy, and Daren’s character, Ricky, moved to New York. “You can be super in love with someone, but there’s always bumps and there’s always obstacles in the road,” Shailene told THR at the time. “Right now, she’s forced to experiment with those obstacles and handle them in a mature way.”
Following the show’s series finale, the Secret Life creator, Brenda Hampton, gave fans some answers following the end of the series.
“Amy did not come back from New York,” she told MTV News in October 2015. “The cross-country travel while taking on college was just too stressful for Amy, but no one wanted to see her abandon her dreams so everyone came to her.”
While the cast continued their respective careers, they did reunite in October 2020, seven years after the show came to an end. At the time, the stars took to their respective Instagram accounts revealed that they had teamed up with HeadCount to get fans ready to “hit the polls” and vote on election day that same year. Once they were able to get 300 people registered, a virtual meetup between the stars happened!
What did fans learn from the long-awaited reunion? Well, the cast has certainly grown up a lot since 2013. Some of them went on to star in a bunch of TV shows and movies, while others stepped out of the spotlight to start families of their own! But either way, they’ve all definitely come a long way. Scroll through our gallery to see what the Secret Life of the American Teenager cast is up to now.
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