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Secret Life of the American Teenager

Exclusive! Secret Life Gals Dish on Working With Beverley Mitchell

We all remember Beverley Mitchell as a love-struck teen on 7th Heaven — how crazy is it that she’s playing a guidance counselor to a whole new generation of misfits? We can’t wait to see Bev work her skillz on Secret Life, and judging from what these ladies have to say about her, we’re in for a treat!

Wetpaint chatted with Francia Raisa (Adrian Lee), Shailene Woodley (Amy Juergens), and Renee Olstead (Madison Cooperstein) about what it’s like to work with the newest Secret Lifer!

Renee: "Beverly Mitchell actually has the same manager as I do, so I remember seeing her when she was on 7th Heaven hanging around my manager’s office, which is like her house — everyone would kind of go hang out over there. It’s so crazy to see her as a grown up now, all married with her life all together, versus this teenager who I remember was always wearing Little Mermaid stuff. She was into The Little Mermaid, if I remember correctly. So, it’s definitely crazy to see her again. I used to have a red fro, so I’ve grown up too!"

Francia: "Oh my gosh, I love her. she makes me cry. We’ll be at lunch and she’ll start talking, and she’s very inspirational — she’s a very wise woman. She’ll have really deep conversations with you and bring stuff out of you that you’re afraid to talk about sometimes. She just makes you feel so comfortable. I opened up with her so much one day and I was like, 'I don’t even know you that well. I can’t believe I’m telling you this!' She’s so much fun and she’s so supportive, and every time we’re done with a take or a close up, she’s always patting you on the back saying, 'Great job. Good work today!'"

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Shailene: "Oh, Beverley Mitchell’s awesome! I don’t get to work with her too often because we don’t have many scenes together, but she’s really great. She’s super sweet and it’s cool to see her back on set because she knows all the crew members — she worked with everyone on 7th Heaven. She’s great — she’s really professional, and really nice and sweet, and is great to have around!"

It sounds like Bev is the awesomeness! Monday can’t get here fast enough. Be sure to check out the rest of Francia, Renee, and Shailene’s interviews next week!

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