You probably recognize Francia Raisa as Adrian Lee from ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her portrayal on Secret Life landed her an ALMA Award nomination, a Gracie Award and a 2012 Teen Choice Award.
Now, the 25-year-old California-born beauty of Honduran and Mexican descent, is back with ABC Family starring alongside Mike "The Miz" Mizanin in the network's latest "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" film, Christmas Bounty.
Christmas Bounty is about a former bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher named Tory Bell who was ready for a new life when she left the family business behind and moved to Manhattan. But when an old enemy is released from jail and vows retribution on Tory and her loved ones, she returns to New Jersey to take care of him once and for all.
We spoke to Francia about her role as Tory Bell, her favorite Latino holiday traditions, Selena Gomez and what's up next for her! Read our exclusive interview below:
Tell us about your Christmas Bounty character Tory Bell.
Tory grew up in Jersey and went straight into the family business at 14. She never really had a choice on who she was and what her identity was. She always felt something was missing and there was more to her, so she leaves her hometown in search of that.
What is the one thing you love most about Tory?
Her independence and what a badass she is!