"The Pregnancy Project" is a Lifetime true-story movie based on Gaby Rodriguez. The movie aired for the first time in 2012. Gaby's real name was used in the Lifetime film. It stars Alexa Vega, Sarah Smyth and Walter Perez.
Directed by Norman Buckley and written by Teena Booth, the movie tells the story of a teenage girl who fakes a pregnancy in order to document how she is treated in the school.
The real story made newspaper headlines in 2011, when 17-year-old Gaby Rodriguez tricked her entire school into believing she was a pregnant teen mom. The straight-A student documented how she was treated during her pregnancy. According to ABC News, Rodriguez endured cruel comments and dirty looks from classmates. The only people who knew the real story was her mother and her boyfriend. The school principal and the school's superintendent were also aware of the hoax.
For months, some of her own family members, her classmates and most of her teachers believed Gaby was really pregnant. After she revealed her fake belly at a school assembly, many students and teachers said they appreciated her reason behind the social experiment and that it had encouraged them to think differently of teen moms. Rodriguez was inspired by the MTV shows "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Moms."