I think everybody in the cast when we first signed on to do the show, nobody knew how big of a success it was going to be.
And now coming up to the finale of five seasons and more than 120 episodes later, it's crazy.
turned heads when it debuted in the summer of 2008.The one-hour drama, featuring breakout star Shailene Woodley, focused on the relationships between families and friends and how they dealt with unexpected teen pregnancies.As an actor, you just want to be working and I'm just so thankful for that time. I went in and read, and ended up reading for the creator of the show. It came down to Brenda Hampton, who made the final decision of giving me the part, because the network wasn't too fond of me at the time. It was a pretty substantial character in the show and I don't think they necessarily trusted me with the material, but Brenda did. When [Shailene Woodley] walked in and read for her role, the second she saw her, she knew she was the girl. You could have a hundred actors reading for one part and they could all be spectacular but one sticks out for some reason.THR: When you were going through the audition process, what was that like for you? She fought for me and said she wasn't going to do the show without me, so that's how I got the job. THR: Did she share any particular reasons why she was gravitating toward you for Ricky? STORY: ' Secret Life of the American Teenager' to End After Fifth Season THR: How do you think you've evolved as an actor after playing a character for such a long time? It was a different tone from the other episodes because I think we knew we were done.
To say Ben won't go away easily is an understatement.(Watch the scene above.) Kagasoff talks to was your first big gig. Daren Kagasoff: It's been an amazing journey for me.