Francia Raisa Almendárez (born July 26, 1988) is an American actress. She is sometimes credited as Francia Almendárez. Raisa is most notable for her roles in Bring It On: All or Nothing, where she plays a tough Latina cheerleader named Leti, The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Adrian Lee, or The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream as Alejandra "Alex" Delgado and reprising her role in The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice.
Raisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Renan Almendarez Coello and Virginia Almendarez. She is of Honduran and Mexican descent and has two younger sisters, Italia and Irlanda. A few years after Raisa was born her father came up with the Latin radio personality "El Cucuy". She attended Bishop Alemany High School where she was a cheerleader.
At the early age of five, Raisa began taking dance lessons excelling in tap, jazz, acrobatics, Hip hop, and Polynesian dance. She also explored karate and ice skating.
Raisa began to take acting jobs in her junior year of high school, modeling for print ads and appearing in commercials. She guest-starred in the sitcoms American Family: Journey of Dreams and Over There. Just a month into her senior year, she booked one of her first lead roles, starring opposite Hayden Panettiere in Bring It On: All or Nothing. She co-starred in the Nickelodeon movie Shredderman Rules, where she portrayed Isabel and in The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, as Alejandra Delgado. She played the role of Adrian Lee in the hit ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, from its beginning in July 2008, until the series finale in early June 2013.
Raisa appeared in Lil' Romeo's music video "My Girlfriend" as Tamy in 2004 and in Iyaz's music video "So Big".
In 2009, Raisa guest-starred on the USA network's TV series "In Plain Sight" and she reprised her role as the lead for the sequel to MGM's The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice in spring 2010.
She has also co-starred in a short film directed by David Henrie called Boo, which aired recently on YouTube.
Raisa appeared in a music video for pop duo Savvy & Mandy and also guest starred in Degrassi: Next Generation: Season 2.
In 2013, Raisa starred in the Christmas movie, Christmas Bounty, alongside Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.