Janel Meilani Parrish (born October 30, 1988) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for the role of Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie.
Parrish first achieved fame in Hawaii as the winner of local talent contests. She got her start as a professional entertainer when she was cast as “Young Cosette” in the National Touring Company of Les Misérables, and later portrayed “Young Cosette” in the Broadway production as well; the role showcased both her acting and singing abilities. She subsequently appeared in several community theater productions in Hawaii—most notably as “Scout” in Manoa Valley Theatre’s revival of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1998. Parrish got her first off-stage acting job as a minor role in 1999’s four-part miniseries Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke. Shortly after, she appeared in two episodes of Baywatch as a young girl named Hina.
1. I LIKE JEWELRY. BIG RINGS, BIG NECKLACES. SHOES, BELTS, LUGGAGE.
2. I DEFINITELY AM A TWIHARD!
3. YES, I HAVE BEEN STUDYING PIANO SINCE I WAS SIX. CLASSICAL, JAZZ, COMPOSITIONAL, BROADWAY, EVERYTHING. I JUST LOVE IT ALL.
4. MY TOP THREE PERSONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: LEA MICHELE. I THINK SHE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO DRESS. BLAKE LIVELY IS GREAT. AND RIHANNA. I REALLY RESPECT HOW BOLD AND OUT-THERE SHE IS.
5. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A ROLE MODEL FOR GIRLS.
6. I LIKE TO STAY HYDRATED WITH WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND SNACK ON APPLES, BUT MY GUILTY PLEASURE WOULD DEFINITELY BE A CARAMEL MACCHIATO FROM STARBUCKS!
7. I AM TERRIFIED OF SHARKS, SO I DON’T SURF!
8. IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL, THERE IS A CLIQUE.
9. FOR ME, MY FAVORITE TRENDS OF SUMMER ARE LOTS OF COLOR, WEDGES, ROMPERS AND BRIGHT LIPSTICK.
10. I’M HOPING TO DO MORE WITH MY MUSIC. I DID THE STAGE MUSICAL ‘SPRING AWAKENING’ RECENTLY AND IT REIGNITED THE LOVE I HAVE FOR SINGING.
11. I’M LUCKY TO HAVE PARENTS WHO USED TO BE BODYBUILDERS! THEY HELP ME KEEP FIT BY GOING TO THE GYM AND TRAINING WITH ME. I’M ALSO ADDICTED TO CARDIO BARRE CLASSES AND HIKING.
12. MUSIC IS MY PASSION, SINGING, PERFORMING. I PLAY PIANO AND MUSICAL THEATER IS MY BACKGROUND.