The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 5: Daren Kagasoff Discusses the Final Episodes

The Secret Life of the American Teenager is entering into its final season this month and TV Equals was on hand to learn more about Daren Kagasaoff’s experience on the show and what he thinks about the arc of his character, Ricky.

Kagasoff’s hardest challenge on set

Kagasoff said that one of the biggest things he’s had to come to terms with is how to remember the dialogue for his character.

“..Getting the dialogue down is one of the most challenging things,” he said. “But the writers are so good about doing their job and writing good scripts, so it got easier as the seasons progressed, but I think that’s the most challenging.”

What the series finale will entail

Kagasoff gave a very teasing answer as to what the series finale will include. Of course, it goes without saying that if you’re an Amy/Ricky fan, you have a lot at stake.

“Many questions will get answered,” said Kagasoff. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I know everybody wants Amy and Ricky to end up together, and you guys will see if that happens.”

Upcoming guest stars

There are some guest stars coming up, said Kagasoff. “A couple…they’re definitively in and out as far as [how] relationships occur this season,” he said. “I can’t really say who, but there are definitely going to be some familiar faces that you’ve seen from other projects.”

Fondest on-set memory

Kagasoff said his favorite memory happened at the end of the series.

“You know, to be honest, probably the last day of shooting,” he said. “A lot of intense scenes were shot, and to wrap up the show like we did, I’ll never forget it and all the people that were that day. You don’t forget those types of moments and thankfully, I’ll have that for the rest of my life.”

Kagasoff on Ricky’s arc

When asked about how he felt about where Ricky ends up at the series finale, Kagasoff had nothing but nice things to say about his character’s arc. “[I’m] [v]ery happy. Very happy,” he said. “I think the fans will be happy, too.”

“In the beginning hen Secret Life first started, Ricky was…just a high school kid who didn’t take any responsibility for his actions and floating through life, I guess,” he said. “Ever since he had John with Amy, things changed drastically and I think he’s made the most positive decisions in this life…to put his son first and his girlfriend-parentheses-wife (we don’t know yet) first priority. I’m very pleased with what the writers did with my character from the beginning to the end. I think he’s made a full circle and it was a pleasure to play[.]”

An all-day marathon of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will air on Monday, March 18 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT, leading into the premiere of the final season, starting at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

The spring premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager airs March 18 at 8/7c on ABC Family.