Bristol Palin, Acting on TV: Smart or Silly?

Sarah Palin's daughter is capitalizing on her fame as one of America's most famous teen moms

"I'm not an actress," Bristol Palin told recently. "I'll leave that up to the experts!" That's probably a good plan -- considering her languid dramatic debut on last night's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In a blink-and-you-missed-it guest spot during the ABC Family drama, Palin played a teen mom who meets Amy (Shailene Woodley), the show's central teen mom, at music camp. Sadly, Palin's expressionless, glazed-eyed performance (see for yourself in this scene) can't really be called anything but "robotic."

Regarding her acting debut, the 18-year-old told Us, "I just hope that this show opens up a dialogue between parents and teens...about the consequences of teen pregnancy, sex in general and relationships."

Palin is arguably the most famous teen mom in the world, thanks to media fallout after her pregnancy became public during her mother Sarah Palin's 2008 vice-presidential bid. Back then, Bristol and the baby's father, Levi Johnston, quickly announced their plans to marry. In March 2009, the two split up, and a nasty war of words ensued. Nowadays, the young parents share custody of two-year-old Tripp, and are allegedly so amicable that some claim they're back together.

Despite last night's little excursion into acting, Palin won't be quitting her day job any time soon. As an a Bristol Palin Interview About Levi and Babybstinence activist and lecturer, she travels the country urging teens to make responsible sexual choices, and reportedly earns upwards of $30,000 an hour while doing so. With that kind of income, who needs Hollywood? Still, the young mom obviously felt that by dropping by to play a character on a TV series, the publicity for...her cause, or her family, or both...was a worthwhile extracurricular activity.

Do you think it was smart or lame for a dramatic TV series to cast Bristol Palin?

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