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EXCLUSIVE: Bristol Palin To Make Acting Debut; Says "Appreciates Opportunity"

Feb. 23 2010, Published 1:57 p.m. ET

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Bristol Palin is about to embark on an entertainment career by making her acting debut on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, RadarOnline.com has learned.

“I appreciate the opportunity to act in a show that is watched by millions of young adults,” Bristol Palin exclusively told RadarOnline.com Tuesday.

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Bristol will be playing herself as one of Amy’s (Shailene Woodley) friends at a music program for teen mothers, in an episode to be shot in Los Angeles, CA.

“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,” the eldest daughter of former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin said in a statement.

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The show’s executive producer is also excited to have the 19-year-old guest star on the teen drama.

“Bristol Palin is the most famous teenage mother in America,” Brenda Hampton said. “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.”

Bristol’s episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air sometime this summer when the series returns for its third season on ABC Family.

Ironically, Bristol will be heading back to court in Alaska on Thursday for a hearing to calculate how much child support her former boyfriend Levi Johnston should pay for their 3-month-old son Tripp.

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Bristol and her lawyer Thomas Van Flein want 20 per cent from Johnston’s commercial earnings since the couple split last year – including a cut from his recent appearance in Playgirl magazine where he peel off his clothes for an undisclosed sum.

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