The show also helped launch Shailene Woodley's career long before she played George Clooney's daughter in The Descendants. "I don't really think that I need to give her advice," Ringwald said, adding that Woodley, 20, is on track to become "a superstar."
"She's really got it together," Ringwald explained. "She comes from a great family and she has a great foundation, so I totally trust her."
Working on The Secret Life of the American Teenager has been especially rewarding for Ringwald, who has three children with husband Panio Gianopoulos.
"When I came here, I had a 4-year-old daughter who is now 8, and I became pregnant with twins. Brenda Hampton wrote it into the show so I could continue working, so it's very special to me."
"I wish I would've been a little bit more attractive while I was pregnant! I was not one of those pretty pregnant people!" Ringwald laughed to Us. "But I did have these giant twins inside of me. And everyone was so loving and so supportive of me, so it was a very special time in my life."