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Interview with Daren Kagasoff of "Secret
Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family 3/4/13
ABC Familyís Q&A with Daren Kagasoff
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Moderator: What is the hardest challenge you faced from your
time on the show?
D. Kagasoff: We would get the episodes probably the night
before we would have to shoot and it would take seven days,
so I guess getting the dialogue down was one of the most
challenging things. But the writers were so good at doing
their job and writing good scripts, so it actually got
easier as the seasons progress. But I think that was the
Moderator: There are lots of questions left up in the air. Is
there anything you can tease us about the series finale and
if many of our questions will get answered?
D. Kagasoff: Many questions will get answered, thatís all
pretty much I can say. I know everybody wants Amy and Ricky
to end up together, and I guess you guys will see if that
Moderator: We all know that next is Delirium, so if Ricky
were dropped into the world of Delirium, would he get the
D. Kagasoff: Definitely not. He would definitely not get the
Moderator: Would Ricky be friends with Alex or Julian?
D. Kagasoff: Definitely Alex, because I think their
personalities are very similar. Yes, definitely Alex, Iíd
Moderator: What is your fondest memory from the show?
D. Kagasoff: Probably the last day of shooting. We shot a lot
of intense scenes, and to wrap up the show the way we did -
Iíll never forget it. And all of the people that were there
that day, you just donít forget those types of moments, and
thankfully Iím going to have that for the rest of my life,
so probably the last day of shooting.
Moderator: Are you happy with the way the series ended for
you and for what the outcome for Ricky is?
D. Kagasoff: Very happy, very happy. I think the fans will be
Moderator: Youíve had some great guest stars so far in the
show. Can we expect any new faces this season?
D. Kagasoff: A couple. Theyíre definitely coming in and out
as far as new relationships that occur this next season. I
canít really say who, but thereís definitely going to be
some familiar faces that youíve seen from other projects.
Moderator: Is there anyone that you would love to work with
D. Kagasoff: Yes, thereís several. Probably Leonardo DiCaprio,
Iíd like to work with him.
Moderator: Do you respect the way that Ricky has turned out
and are you happy with who he is?
D. Kagasoff: Most definitely. In the beginning, when Secret
Life first started Ricky was just a high school kid that
didnít really take any responsibility for his actions, and
was just was kind of floating through life. And ever since
he had John with Amy things changed drastically, and I think
he made the most positive decisions in his life to put his
son first and his girlfriend first priority. So Iím very
pleased with what the writers did with my character from the
beginning to the end. I think heís made a full circle and it
was a pleasure to play and hopefully the fans will like to
Moderator: Can you talk about what has been your favorite
episode from the series that youíve loved?
D. Kagasoff: Yes, I know Iíve been asked that question before
and I said the day I won valedictorian of my class and I had
to learn all these lines, it must have been a nine page
monologue, and that was the most challenging because I had
to talk to about 200 people that were sitting out in the
audience. And it was just daunting, and I got through it and
I got through it well, and that was probably one of my most
Moderator: With the series coming to an end, what do you
think youíll miss most about your time on the show?
D. Kagasoff: Probably everybody that I worked with, the crew,
the cast, the producers, everybody, because we were doing it
for so long, we shot around, I donít even know the exact
number, I want to say 120-something episodes, so when youíre
around these people for so long you form relationships, you
form friendships, I mean, thatís what Iím going to miss the
most, is just missing my cast and being able to talk and be
open with them, because these are your best friends.
Moderator: With the series coming to an end whatís next for
D. Kagasoff: Iím going to be working on this pilot, itís
called Delirium. Itís for the FOX Network. We donít know if
itís picked up yet. We havenít even started shooting. But we
start very, very soon, and Iím thrilled to be a part of the
cast, and thatís basically all I can say.
Moderator: Do you have a favorite moment or behind the scenes
memory from the series you can share with our readers?
D. Kagasoff: Yes. The boys on the show, Greg Finley and Ken
Baumann, we all became really close and a lot of times
interviewers would come on to the set and theyíd go behind
the scenes and show them the trailers or the sets. Kenny was
most known for always screwing with me during all these
interviews, because heís way more intellectual than I and
Greg are, so he would just screw with us in the interviews.
I couldnít really tell you what it is, because theyíre
pretty terrible pranks, but I would be basically blushing
throughout the entire interview because I was so
Moderator: The cast has gone through so many changes in their
real lives, how has the show changed you since you started?
D. Kagasoff: Well, I never knew I wanted to be an actor until
maybe six months before I got the job, so it just has taught
me youíve got to work so hard for the things that you want
in life, and things donít come easy. And you can see it
through the characters that were on Secret Life, whether
certain things that happened in their lives they have to
conquer and overcome. And as people, as myself speaking
about me, thereís a lot of obstacles in this business and in
life in general, so from the show I just got keep your head
up high, work hard, be respectful, polite, and good things
Moderator: Whatís the hardest part in balancing Rickyís bad
boy past and his role as a father on the show, and how does
that affect you and influence your opinions of real life
D. Kagasoff: As far as Ricky, I think he completely changed.
He was a bad boy, he will always have that toughness about
him, but he was sensitive guy that always wanted to do the
right things and he really was looking out for Amy and her
best interests and Johnís best interest. So looking at it
from an outside perspective thatís what I think, say you do
get pregnant at a young age, those are the kinds of things
that I would expect from the father of the child. Thank
goodness Iím not a parent right now, letís just say that.
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