The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Daren Kagasoff interview excepts from UGO and About. They’re not super recent, but he’s a fun and new person! Is it more fun to play a ‘bad boy’? Oh, yeah! It’s so fun. It’s just something that I’m not like in my life, so it’s cool to be able to do certain things on camera.
Are you familiar with your costar Molly Ringwald‘s old movies like Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles? Oh yeah! When I knew that she got cast in this, I was just freaking!
Just absolutely freaking! Like, oh my god! I’m in a series with Molly
Ringwald? It blew my mind.
Do you think the show will be controversial? Yeah, I think so, definitely, because in this day and age pregnancy is definitely a hot topic in the teen world. So I think it’s going to show both sides. How you’re gonna deal with abortion.
If, in fact, she’s gonna have an abortion,or if you think its right (that) she should have an abortion or keep the kid. So there’s a lot of controversy over that. Over rights as well. If it’s morally correct to have an abortion..Have you experienced Hollywood red
carpets and things like that yet? Yeah, I’ve been to a couple of those
little event things. They’re fun. They’re good. It’s good to get your
picture taken and get out there.. it was a little overwhelming at
first, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. (laughs) I’m getting
used to it, so we’ll see.
Best concert you’ve ever been to? Probably Jack Johnson and Matt Costa. They performed together. Matt
Costa opened up for Jackie boy.. I love Jack Johnson so it was a great
experience with my buddy. Just chillin’ and listening to them.
How long have you been acting? I’ve actually been in the game of acting for about a year and two or
three months, which is when I began working on my craft. I moved back
from San Francisco State about a year and a half ago
and I jumped into
this play. The play got terrible reviews..
..so I decided that since I
moved away from college, I better learn my craft and take this
seriously. I went on to take some acting classes and I did that for
about eight months. The Secret Life of the American Teenager was
literally my fifth or sixth audition and I booked it. I’m very
thankful, I don’t take anything for granted.
What would you be doing now if not acting? I’d probably be at San Francisco State, wasting away my life. It’s so
stagnant over there and it was just not fulfilling my life. Acting is a
way of expressing myself, I feel a lot more comfortable in my shoes
because I’m doing what I love and I’m passionate and confident about
What was the worst job you ever had? That’s easy, working for my dad! My dad is a hotel diamond dealer,
so I’d go down there and answer the phones and run his errands, kind of
like a little puppy. I didn’t like it, I felt like I was back in San
Francisco again, taking orders and not doing what I wanted to do. The
best part about getting this job was telling my dad that he had to find
someone to work Mondays and Fridays.
Acting advice: You’ve got to
work at what you do. If you don’t put in the work, you’re not going to
get the results. That was key to getting this role; I put in the work,
spending hours and hours a day getting coaching.
This guy [Ricky] lived
inside of me for two months before I booked the role. It’s really got
to hit you in a spot inside that you can fully relate to. If you put
the work in, you’re going to get the results. It’s a matter of time and
luck and once they meet together, it’ll be your time.