American actress Maiara Walsh is popular to TV viewers for her roles on
the hit ABC comedy/drama series “Desperate Housewives,”
playing Ana Solis from 2009 to 2010, and the Disney Channel sitcom
“Cory in the House” (2007-2008), as Meena Paroom. In 2012,
she took on the recurring role of Simone in the first season of the ABC
Family series “Switched at Birth.” Her film credits include
“The Prankster” (2010), “Mean Girls 2” (2011,
TV), “General Education” (2012) and “Last Hours in
Currently, Walsh resides in San Fernando Valley, California. She
can speak English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish proficiently.
A great philanthropist, Walsh spends much of her time
volunteering and organizing community projects. She enjoys traveling,
reading, spending time outdoors, and learning Psychology, Biology, and
Neuroscience on her own time.
Childhood and Family:
Maiara Walsh was born on February 18, 1988, in Seattle, Washington. Her
mother is a Brazilian, while her father is of Irish, German, and
Swedish extraction. At age 2, she moved with her family to São
Paulo, Brazil. Nine years later, she returned to the US and settled in
Simi Valley, California in order to pursue her acting career.
Different from her character in “Mean Girls 2,” Maiara
suffered bullying while in school. She earned the nickname “My
Twigga,” a take on her name Maiara (pronounced
“MY-Ah-Da”), from the Bullies as she was teased for being
small and skinny.
“My parents always said that education come first, education's
important because you'll always have something to fall back on. I
totally agree with this especially in an industry that can throw you
away whenever it's done with you.” Maiara Walsh
Maiara was accepted to the University of California, Irvine. She is taking college classes online.
Cory in the House
Maiara Walsh launched her professional acting career in 2005 with an
appearance in the Nickelodeon teen sitcom “Unfabulous”
season 1 episode “The Bar Mitzvah.” She landed her first
regular role on the television sitcom “Cory in the House,”
which ran on the Disney Channel for two seasons from January 12, 2007
to September 12, 2008. There she played the main role of Meena Paroom,
the daughter of the Bahavian ambassador, a fictional country containing
cultural elements of India, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and
Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and very similar to Bolivia. Talking about her
character on the show, she stated, “Meena has to find a way to
make her parents happy and to fit into the American society, which is
kind of a cool thing because there are many multicultural teenagers out
there and people who do have difficulties trying to make their parents
happy, but at the same time, be true to themselves and be able to
accustom to daily American life.”
In 2008, Walsh made her feature film debut as Megan in “Lullabye
Before I Wake,” opposite Jibby Saetang and Dean Shelton. The
romance film was written and directed by Nate Pantumsinchai.
Walsh's television career gained significant boost when she jointed the
cast of the popular ABC show “Desperate Housewives” in
season 5 final in the role of Ana Solis, the granddaughter of Carlos's
Aunt Connie. She remained with the show to the following season. Around
this period, Walsh also starred as Emily in the made for television
movie “Revolution” (2009), opposite Daniel Cudmore and
Billy Campbell, and had a supporting role on the comedy film “The
Prankster” (2010), which was directed and written by Tony Vidal.
She went on to make guest appearances in the television shows ABC
Family's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and
CW's “The Vampire Diaries” (as
In 2011, Walsh was cast as Mandi Weatherly in “Mean Girls
2,” a TV movie spin off/sequel to the 2004 film “Mean
Girl.” Aired on ABC Family on January 23, the teen comedy earned
generally negative reviews from critics and fans from the original
movie. The same year, she starred as Samantha McDonnell in the short
film “Empty Sky,” helmed by J. Michael Vargas.
In January 2012, Walsh began her recurring role as the
manipulative and selfish Simone Sinclair, a former friend of Bay's and
Wilke's former girlfriend, on the ABC Family series “Switched at
Birth,” which premiered on the network on June 6, 2011.
Walsh starred with Chris Sheffield, Elaine Hendrix, Bobby Campo,
Janeane Garofalo and Larry Miller in “General Education,” a
comedy film directed and co-written by Tom Morris. Released on August
24, 2012, the film received unfavourable reviews, but Morris
successfully took home the Breakthrough FilmMaker Award at the 2012
Newport Beach Film Festival. She played the role of Jennifer on the
mystery/thriller movie “Last Hours in Suburbia,” which was
released on September 22, 2012.
Walsh will co-star with James Morrison and Bobby Campo in the Jesse
Rosen film “One of Us Must Know” (2012) and support Matt
Lanter, Eric Tiede and Hallee Hirsh in the drama film “A Chance
of Rain” (2012), by Cindy Gustafson. She also is set to portray
the leading role of Kantmiss Evershot in the forthcoming comedy film
“The Starving Games” (2013), co-directed and co-written by
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.