“The Secret Life of The American Teenager” is poised to leap into another hot button issue – father’s rights. Expect friction to escalate over unwed teen father Ricky’s visitation with his baby son on the ABC Family Channel’s very hot teen serial, which just launched its second season. That’s the word from Daren Kagasoff, who plays the cool-but-troubled high school lothario, Ricky, who impregnated fellow band member Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) in a one night stand.
Now they’re shooting episode 12 of the whopping 24-episdoe order for this season — an order that will keep the series troupe busy ’til the end of November.
Kagasoff offers up a teaser for what lies ahead, saying that Ricky, who’s been stepping up in an uncharacteristically admirable way to be responsible for his infant offspring, “is getting into more of a debate over who gets to baby sit the kid” – and may even take legal action in the matter. However, Ricky “doesn’t want the court to find out” about certain things in his shadowy past.
“It’s definitely another obstacle for Ricky. His main focus is the baby, and being the best dad he can be in spite of all his baggage, his cheatin’ ways,” says the amiable 21-year-old actor, who is up for Choice TV Breakout Star in the Teen Choice Awards.
“Secret Life” up for several Teen Choice honors on the show airing Aug. 10. (To vote, visit http://www.teenchoiceawards.com.)
Kagasoff says he had no idea Ricky would be going from bad boy to mensh this year. “None of us know our characters’ destiny. Once in a while we talk to the creator (Brenda Hampton), but usually, we don’t know our fate until we open the scripts,” he says.
As far as criticism over the series’ preoccupation with sex, Kagasoff says, “I think you have some episodes that touch on sex more than others, but I give credit to the writers for the way they handle it. In this day and age, as much as we might want to turn away from it, that’s what interests the young audience – sex. It may sound stupid to say, but that’s why we’ve become a hit with them.”