Bristol Palin to make acting debut in ABC Family's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'
Bristol Palin, whose unplanned pregnancy became a national news story that engulfed her mother’s vice presidential campaign in 2008, is bringing her experience as a teen mom to bear on the small screen. ABC Family announced Tuesday that Bristol, the oldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will play herself on an episode of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” a drama about a teenager who becomes pregnant.
“Bristol Palin is the most famous teenage mother in America,” executive producer Brenda Hampton said in a statement. “We're thrilled to have her join us, and I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we've been exploring for a couple of seasons now.”
“I am thrilled to be on this show and to be a part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy,” Palin said.
The episode, which airs this summer, will feature Palin as a friend of Amy (Shailene Woodley) attending a music program for teen mothers.
-- Matea Gold
Photo: Bristol Palin with her baby's father, Levi Johnston, at the Republican National Convention in September 2008. Credit: Rex Arbogast / Associated Press