Janel Meilani Parrish, 28, is commonly known by the name of Janel Parrish; is a famous actress from the USA. Janel is also a singer/ songwriter and a dancer.
Janel plays the role of Mona Vanderwaal in drama show Pretty Little Liars. She is very well known for her portrayal of the character. In 2007, Janel was in movie Bratz as Jade.
In 2014, Janel participated in Dancing with the Stars: Season 19. Janel came in the third place.
Janel Meilani Parrish was born on 30th October of 1988. She was born in Oahu, Hawaii. Her parents are Mark Parrish and Joanne who have European and Chinese ancestry.
Janel Meilani Parrish went to Moanalua Elementary School. The details about her higher education are unknown.
When Parrish was 6, she won a singing contest (Statewide). She was learning acting as well as trained in vocal, dancing and playing the piano. She also gained fame in her hometown after winning a local talent competition.
As an actress
Parrish made her debut as an entertainer through Les Misérables. In the Broadway Production, Parrish played the role of Young Cosette. The role followed much other theater works in Hawaii. In 1998, Parrish got her very first nontheatrical acting work in 1999’s Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke.
In the same year, Parrish made an appearance as Hina in television show Baywatch. Her character Hina is a young girl, and she appeared in 2 episodes.
In 2000, Parrish also featured in Disney’s live action. Later she was cast in the television show The O’Keefes. However, the show did not last very long. Parrish meanwhile, was also making appearances in many other shows like The O.C., Mac Show and Zoey 101.
In 2007, Parrish was cast as the lead role in movie Bratz. In the film, she played the role of Jade, and it is her first role as a lead character. She also made frequent appearances as May in Heros in the same year.
Later, she was cast as Mona Vanderwaal in drama show Pretty Little Liars. Her character is a former unpopular girl who then goes through some makeover and becomes the most popular girls. Parrish’s portrayal of the character Mona Vanderwaal in the show is considered to be her best work to date. Her character Mona Vanderwaal was even named the greatest character in the series in 2015.
As a Singer
When Parrish was 14, she performed the song ‘On My Own’ on 3rd January of 2003 in a competition, where the judges gave her mixed comments and recommended that she needed work harder. She was later eliminated.
Later Parrish started to compose her music and became the lead singer of a girls group ‘Impulse.’
Finally, Parrish got to produce her album in 2007 as she signed up with Geffen Records. Her first track ‘Rainy Day,’ was released on 7th July 2007. She wrote the song herself.
Later she even was featured in a music video of Prima J, for the song ‘Rockstar.’
Parrish was a back vocal to NLT’s song ‘She Said, I Said, ‘ and she also made an appearance in the music video.
On 4th September of 2014, Parrish announced that she was competing in Dancing with the Stars: Season 19 along side Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a Professional Dancer. She came third as well as breaking many other records while she was on the show.
Awards and Nominations
For her role of Mona Vanderwaal in show Pretty Little Liers, Parrish was nominated for five awards, and she has won 3 of them.
In 2012, she won a Teen Choice Awards under category Choice TV: Villain. In 2013, Parrish won another one of the awards under the same category. Again in 2016, She won another Teen Choice Awards.
In 2008, she was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award under the category Worst Actress for her role in Bratz.
Janel Meilani Parrish is 28-years-old. Janel has a very slim body with a height of 5ft 2in. She weighs 110 pounds (50 kg). Her body measurement is 33-25-34 in, and she has a bust size of 32B.
Janel Meilani Parrish started to date Justin Altamura (bass guitarist) from May of 2015. They are still together.
Janel has a total of 4.1 million followers on her official Instagram page and 1.4 million followers on her Twitter Page (@). She also has two hundred thousand followers and likes on her official Facebook Page.
The estimated net worth of Janel Meilani Parrish is $700 thousand. She earned the sum through her career as an actress, singer and other fields.
Janel Meilani Parrish was rumored to have dated her Dancing with the Stars pair Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Later the rumors were confirmed, but they broke up on 3rd December of 2014.