'Secret Life of the American Teenager' Star OK to be Teen Pregnancy Poster Girl
'Secret Life of the American Teenager' Star OK to be Teen Pregnancy Poster Girl
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Juno sure was memorable.  The Ellen Page movie was like a sentimental favorite to win last year's Oscars.  Although it didn't happen, the film about teenage pregnancy raised awareness about the alarming rise in the trend, statistics wise.  But Juno has been out of the theaters for some time now and for an issue as crucial as something that can wreck lives instantly, maybe the American audience needs constant reminder.

For its part, the premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the ABC Family drama that tackles the topic head on, broke records by becoming the network's most watched series, attracting 2.8 million viewers and, of special attention, to the 18 - 49 demographics.

In an interview with Fanbolt, Shailene Woodley, 16, who plays the central character in the series Amy Juergens, shared that she has no problems representing the issue of teen pregnancy, as she believes it is of utmost importance, not to mention being a teenager herself.

“So far I've done a PSA saying how teen pregnancy is preventable and how parents and teenagers can handle it …  I want to express my feelings on teen pregnancy and how girls can be helped and how they can realize that they're not alone in this situation... by bringing it up again we're able to stir up different emotions and different feelings and different controversies and be able to put it in terms that are understandable for everybody.”

Moreover, Woodley hopes that The Secret Life of the American Teenager can affect change in terms of how parents view the lives of their teenage sons and daughters.

“I think parents should watch it, too …  because Adrian's mom on the show, she has no idea what her daughter is doing half the time, so I think it's important for parents to be able to realize that when they leave for a week their teens aren't necessarily studying for algebra, they're doing something else. So I think it's important to open parents' eyes all around America.”

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: FanBolt.com
(Image Courtesy of ABC Family)