The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Grace Bowman is the biological daughter of Marshall and Kathleen Bowman and the younger adoptive sister of Tom Bowman.

She was portrayed by Megan Park.


At the beginning of the show, Grace was a devout religious person and does her best to be stay true to her religion. Originally, she was in a relationship with Jack Pappas, but they had a lot of disagreements over whether or not to have sex.

Grace believed in waiting till marriage, and even wore a promise ring to prove it. She and Jack later break up after he has oral sex with Adrian Lee. She briefly becomes involved with Ricky Underwood, but breaks up with him after discovering that he's still sleeping with Adrian.

Grace and Jack get back together when Amy gives birth to her son, John.

In the second season premiere, Grace and Jack decide to have sex, but she quickly regrets her decision after the sudden death of her father. She later on becomes involved with Grant, Griffin's cousin.

Grant and Grace bond over their shared desire to become doctors, and strengthen that bond over a summer at med camp. In her endeavors to become a doctor, she visits Africa with her doctor step-father where she cheats on Grant with a college student named Daniel.

Grant and Grace later break up and she begins to date Daniel, but their relationship isn't smooth due to his greater maturity. Grace becomes jealous of Daniel's ex-girlfriend at the graduation party and Daniel leaves.

Grace and Jack share a kiss the next morning after the party, which is captured on a cell phone by Daniel's ex-girlfriend, Raven. Raven texts the picture to Daniel, and he breaks up with Grace, realizing that she still has feelings for Jack.

Grace later confesses to Adrian that she thinks she may still be in love with Jack. She and Jack end their engagement, moves to New York and becomes a doctor.

Season 1[]

Grace starts wearing a purity ring given to her by her parent's to show that she won't have sex until she is married. She is in a monogamous relationship with Jack. Who is struggling to control his sexual feelings towards Grace, and their shared christian beliefs.

After catching Jack with fellow student Adrian, Grace breaks up with him, but they soon get back together. Grace starts pretending to date Ricky Underwood as a cover to keep seeing Jack. Since her parent's know about Jack's indiscretions and therefore don't trust him.

While waiting for Ricky to pick her up one night, Grace is almost attacked by two men. She starts to pray, but then breaks an empty beer bottle to use as a weapon. Ricky finally arrives just before anything happens. The next day, security footage showing both Grace and Ricky ends up on the local news. They're both identified since Grace was wearing her cheerleading uniform.

Then Jack ends things with Grace out of jealousy and even claims that he only dated her because his step-father wanted him to.

Grace and Ricky end up dating, but Grace breaks up with him soon after when she discovers that he's been sleeping with Adrian. She was one of the people at Ben and Amy's wedding, Amy's baby shower and was at the hospital when Amy gave birth to John.

Season 3[]

Grace starts to date Grant, who was previously involved with Ashley Juergens although they broke up because Ashley had a sexual interest in Ricky. She wants to fool around, but he refuses to after Grant's mom threatens.

Season 4[]

Grace goes to Africa and cheats on her then-boyfriend Grant with a college boy (that she slept with) named Daniel. When Kathleen meets Daniel, she is very uncertain if the two should be together. Grace was at the hospital when Adrian and Ben lost their baby.

Grace's mother finds out that Marshall cheated on her with a woman in the Vatican and he fathered a boy named Jacob who is only a couple of years younger than Grace. Jacob lives with Grace for the summer of her senior year.

Grace ultimately skipped med camp that year and decided to move in with her best friend Adrian. She starts feeling an attraction to girls and questions her sexuality. She admits to Adrian that she was "curious." They kiss to quell their curiosity which scares Grace and she runs back to Christianity. Season 5

Grace is one of the first to find out that Kathleen has started dating Amy's dad, George. She becomes more depressed and turns to her church for guidance. She tells Jack that she wants to get together with him, but only in a monogamous relationship.

Jack refuses because he is no longer a Christian like Grace is. Then, he decides that he loves Grace too much to lose her again, so he goes back to being a Christian which helps his college football team's notoriety.

When Jack and Grace are on a break, Jack sleeps with Clementine, Ricky's friend from a group foster home they both spent time in.

When Grace finds out, she breaks up with him but immediately decides to take him back. She attempts to rekindle her relationship with Amy Juergens and Adrian. It is never revealed what college Grace ends up attending.

In the series finale Thank You and Goodbye, Grace and Jack decide to end their engagement, but they stay friends.


  • During the beginning of the first season, Grace wears traditionally pink and wholesome clothing. But during the course of the show, her style becomes more dark and edgier.
  • The only episodes where Grace does not appear in are When One Door Closes... and Fraid So.
  • She is similar to April Kepner in Grey's Anatomy.

The Teens
Amy UnderwoodRicky UnderwoodBen BoykewichAdrian LeeGrace BowmanJack Pappas