Credit: ABC Family Photo: Jesse & His Pet Parrot in Episode 4.11, "The Games We Play"

If you had asked us a year ago what Lauren’s boyfriend Jesse (Austin Stowell) looked like, we would have eye-rolled and said, “Not Ricky.”

But then he had that whole interaction with his pet cockatoo, and now he’s one of our favorite characters on Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Expect to see Austin on Secret Life next season, but in the meantime, you can catch him alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in Dolphin Tale — you know that inspirational movie, based on a true story, about a mutated dolphin who’s half-robot?

So, now that Austin has made it to the big-screen, what’s next?

“I did another film this summer called AWOL," he tells Courant.

“I play a soldier in Vietnam who gets a Dear John letter and a week of R & R on the same day. He decides to go back to the States to rekindle the love with his girlfriend, and at the same time he's avoiding the police. It's a decision for him between fulfilling his duty as a soldier and following his heart. It's the lead role.”

Sounds like a sobfest. We’re in!

Source: Courant