Francia Raisa Fills In The Blanks

The Secret Life of The American Teenager and Mexican/Honduran beauty took the time to answer Latina.com's random questions about her life. See what Francia had to say about dealing with breakups, singing in Spanish, and the advice Rita Moreno gave her.

Latina: If you could play any character on TV (other than your own), whose would it be?

Francia Raisa: Jess from New Girl. I love that character. She's hot, weird and quirky all at the same time. Her life looks like so much fun!

What's been your strangest fan experience?

I was at a Justin Bieber concert and was being escorted to my seat when, all of the sudden, I got full-on football tackled by some teenage girl. The next thing you know, a herd of people start stampeding towards me. It was exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Justin's security team had to rescue me and I got to hang out backstage for the show. 

Getting hounded by the paparazzi is...

...Weird! Stop asking me who I'm dating, [laughs]. 

Your all-time favorite episode of Secret Life?

Performance-wise, when I came back to school after losing the baby.

Where would you go on a romantic vacation?

Wherever the sun is!

Your favorite sports team:

The Lakers

The most confusing thing about guys:

Everything! They are bi-polar; one day they are crazy about you and the next day they aren't. In the words of The Backstreet Boys, "Quit playing games with my heart."

The best way to deal with a breakup:

You start by eating a tub of ice cream with your girlfriends while watching Nicholas Sparks movies and cursing at them because love didn't turn out that way for you. 

Your favorite song in Spanish?

My go-to karaoke song in Spanish is Paulina Rubio's "El Ultimo Adios".

What's the best thing about the Mexican side of your family?

We're loud and fun. From the outside it probably looks like we hate each other, but I love them to death!

In the next 10 years, you see yourself:

Hopefully married with children but that's not looking very promising, [laughs]. I also hope to be doing what I love and have achieved half of my life goals. 

The most adventurous thing you've ever done:

When I was 15, I met a boy while I was on vacation with my family in the Bahamas. He was from New Jersey, so I didn't get to see him much after my family returned to LA. One day I found out that he was going to be in San Jose, which is only a 4 hour drive from my home. At the time I was in New Mexico shooting a movie and thought I wouldn't be able to see him. Luckily, production wrapped and I was able to rush home. When my plane landed in LA it was very early in the morning and I had to wake up my best friend to drive with me to see him in San Jose. That was my first road trip and spontaneous decision. 

Your favorite website:

worldstarhiphop.com

The best advice anyone ever game you:

Rita Moreno held my hands, looked me in the eye and said, "Always study, you're always learning. You're doing great things so far but don't take them for granted. Don't ever take anything for granted. The best accomplishments come through hard work. I'm 80 years old and I am still studying and learning." 

Your favorite thing to do with your girls:

Have a bottle of wine with pizza and hot wings while gathered around in a living room, talking about boys, of course. 

Your favorite store to shop in when you have a little extra dough:

Any boutique. They are expensive but they have original items you won't see anyone else wearing. 

The easiest way to make you laugh:

I'm very ticklish so that's the easy route, but i'll punch you because I hate being tickled. Other than that, I enjoy a good one-liner.

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Dan Koday, Executive Content Director

Dan Koday is a New York City based writer, editor and digital content expert. His work has been featured in SeventeenLatina, Logo’s NewNowNextCosmoGirl and The Latin Kitchen, amongst many other prestigious publications. Dan currently holds the title of Executive Content Director for Latina, responsible for overseeing its digital and print content strategies for Latina – the #1 entertainment, fashion, beauty & lifestyle brand for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women – and TheLatinKitchen.com – a recipe, entertaining & how-to site that celebrates Latin cuisine.

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