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The characters of the television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager:

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     Main Characters 

Amy Juergens

Portrayed by: Shailene Woodley

  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals
  • Girl Next Door
  • Glamorous Single Mother: While this show does a better job showing both sides, it still glamorizes part of Amy's experience by providing her a new car, a job, and countless other opportunities. It's a very white, upperclass perspective of teen pregnancy, when you consider less than half of teen moms graduate high school and only 2% graduate college by age 30.
  • Mama Bear: When she catches Adrian holding John.
  • Naive Every Girl
  • Teen Pregnancy: She becomes pregnant at 15, setting off the series conflict.

Richard "Ricky" Underwood

Portrayed by: Daren Kagasoff

Benjamin "Ben" Boykevich

Portrayed by: Ken Baumann

  • Breakthe Cutie: Adrian ends up delivering a stillborn fetus, which promptly wrecks Ben.
  • Nice Guy: Ben is constantly stated to be a nice guy by the other characters, although whether this is true or not depends on the episode.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Ben has a tendency to protect girls, even if he just met them. Such as when he took the fall for Dylan when she got caught with pot.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the sensitive guy to Ricky's manly man.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Shown when Amy refuses to speak to him after he revealed that Adrian was pregnant with his baby. He wouldn't stop calling or messaging her until eventually she answered him and did not hide her annoyance at him for doing so.

Adrian Lee

Portrayed by: Francia Raisa

Grace Kathleen Bowman

Portrayed by: Megan Park

Ashley Juergens

Portrayed by: India Eisley

Jack Pappas

Portrayed by: Greg Finley II


     Recurring Characters 

Anne Juergens

Portrayed by: Molly Ringwald
Amy, Ashley and Robbie's mother, George's ex-wife and John's grandmother.
  • Amicable Exes: She tries to be this after separating from her husband George.
  • Fiery Red Head: She has red hair and hair-trigger temper when angered.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: As of the series finale, Anne comes out as a lesbian and is more feminine looking than the woman she connects with.
  • Mama Bear: She and her ex-husband both despise "deadbeat drummer" Ricky Underwood for impregnating their daughter Amy and want to hurt him for what he did.

George Juergens

Portrayed by: Mark Derwin
Amy, Ashley and Robbie's father, Anne's ex-husband and John's grandfather.
  • Amicable Exes: He tries to be this with his wife Anne, even after suggesting they get back together.
  • Blatant Lies: Early in the series, he denies cheating on his wife Anne when confronted by her, but he moves out and is revealed to have been having an affair with Adrian's mother.
  • Papa Wolf: Both him and his ex-wife Anne want to pummel Ricky Underwood for impregnating their daughter Amy.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Early in the series, he cheats on Amy and Ashley's mother with Adrian's mother.

Leo Boykevich

Portrayed by: Steve Schirripa

Henry 'Hank' Miller

Portrayed by: Allen Evangelista

Alice Valko

Portrayed by: Amy Rider

Madison Cooperstein

Portrayed by: Renee Olstead

Lauren Treacy

Portrayed by: Camille Winbush

Tom Bowman

Portrayed by: Luke Zimmerman

Nora Underwood

Portrayed by: Anne Ramsay

  • The Alcoholic: She's a recovering alcoholic, although she did slip up while having dinner with Ben.

Kathleen Bowman

Portrayed by: Josie Bissett


Portrayed by: Brando Eaton


Portrayed by: Cierra Ramirez


Portrayed by: Michael Grant

     Minor Characters 

Margaret Shakur

Portrayed by: L. Scott Caldwell

  • Good Parents: To Ricky and Ethan. This might be because of the lack of screen-time she and Sanjay get.

Sanjay Shakur

Portrayed by: Brian George

  • Good Parents: To Ricky and Ethan. This might be because of the lack of screen-time he and Margaret can get.

Cindy Lee Enriquez

Portrayed by: Paola Turbay

Ruben Enriquez

John Juergens Underwood

Ricky and Amy's son from a teen pregnancy,

  • Ambiguous Disorder: While nothing is made clear, it should be noted that by the end of the show, John is 3 years old but is still not able to speak in complete sentences (and has a total of about 20 words in his vocabulary) and is still small enough to sit in a high chair.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the show being about pregnant teenagers, John tends to disappear randomly and only cameos enough that you remember he exists. He hardly has any influence on the plot of the show, other than being the only child of Ricky and Amy.

Robert "Robbie" Scott Juergens

Portrayed by: Cian Mc Grath and Logan Mc Grath
Amy and Ashley's younger brother, George and Anne's youngest son and John's uncle.

Betty Boykewich

Portrayed by: Jennifer Coolidge

Camille Boykewich

Portrayed by: Tricia O'Kelley

Katelyn O'Malley

Portrayed by: Beverley Mitchell

Dr. Ken Fields

Portrayed by: Ernie Hudson


Portrayed by: Ana Lucasey

Robert "Bob" Underwood

Portrayed by: Bryan Callen

  • Abusive Parents: It revealed in the series that he regularly beat up his wife and son Ricky.


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