For all of those who never missed an episode let alone a season in the ABC comedy-drama and mystery series Desperate Housewives, the name Ana Solis – played by Maiara Walsh still rings a bell.
This Brazilian American actress and singer has shown great expertise not just in playing her roles, not just as Ana Solis in Desperate Housewives, she is also well known for playing Simone Sinclair on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and appearing as Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House.
Here are lesser known facts about this talented American Brazillian actress.
Complex Ancestry/ Ethnicity
Maiara Walsh was born February 18, 1988, in Seattle, Washington to an American father who is also of Irish, English, German, and French-Canadian descent and a Brazilian mother.
Maiara’s paternal grandfather Laurence Mason Walsh was the son of Royal Hill Walsh and Ina Mae Swihart who are of English origin while her paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Cahail who is a daughter to Ira Earl Cahail and Alice Stella Kellogg, who are of Canadian origin.
Maiara Walsh is Multi-Lingual
Probably due to her diverse ethnicity, asides English, Maiara also speaks Portuguese fluently and she is proficient in Spanish.
She Left Home at Age 11 to Pursue a Career in Acting
The Desperate Housewives star and her family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, when she was just two years old but she moved to Simi Valley California, at the age of eleven to pursue a career in acting. In 2010, she got a chance to star as a guest on CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The following year (2011), she appeared as Mandi Weatherly in Mean Girls 2 – a teen comedy television film directed by Melanie Mayron. Then she starred on the Dr Phil Show.
It didn’t end there, Walsh took over from Emma Stone as the female lead in the television series Zombieland. In 2012, she starred as Simone Sinclair (a former friend of Bay Kennish, a one-night stand with Emmett Bledsoe, friend/ex-girlfriend of Toby Kennish, and ex-girlfriend of Wilkie) in Switched at Birth.
She has appeared in many other films, check out the list below
|2008||Lullabye Before I Wake||Megan|
|2010||The Prankster||Sage Ryan|
|2011||Empty Sky||Samantha McDonnell||Short film|
|2012||Last Hours of Suburbia||Jennifer|
|2013||I Chocolate Milk||Lucy||Short film|
|2013||The Starving Games||Kantmiss Evershot|
|2014||The Armadillo||Molly Gardner||Short film|
|2014||The Jazz Funeral||Emily|
|2005||Unfabulous||Girl Cousin||Episode: “The Bar Mitzvah”|
|2007–2008||Cory in the House||Meena Paroom||32 episodes|
|2009–2010||Desperate Housewives||Ana Solis||12 episodes|
|2010||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Girl in Light Blue Pajamas||Episode: “Lady Liberty”|
|2010||The Vampire Diaries||Sarah||2 episodes|
|2011||Mean Girls 2||Mandi Weatherly||Television film|
|2012–2013||Switched at Birth||Simone Sinclair||18 episodes|
|2013||Zombieland||Witchita||Unaired Amazon Studios pilot|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Callie Hannigan||Episode: “Seeds”|
|2016||Hopeless, Romantic||Summer||Television film|
She Is A Philanthropist
Maiara Walsh is a philanthropist to the core, in spite of her busy schedule, she still finds time to do some humanitarian work. She spends much of her time volunteering, coordinating community projects and supporting children with disabilities, she also spends time in writing a personal advice blog.
Asides from her philanthropic work, Walsh also takes time to personally write back to her fans via her official Facebook page.
Maiara Walsh Is Also A Singer
Not many are aware that Walsh sings too. Her most popular track is Six Feet Under from the album Six Feet Under.
She has also made appearances on some music videos. For instance, she was in DJ TOKIMONSTA music video Go with it (2013). She also appeared in DJ Dillon Francis’ collaboration with Kygo (Norweigan DJ) and singer James Henderson’s music video for their song Coming over in 2016.
|2008||“7 Things”||Miley Cyrus|
|2013||“Go With It”||Tokimonsta featuring MNDR|
|2015||“The Warrior”||Diego Boneta|
|2015||“Six Feet Under”||Herself|
|2016||“Coming Over”||Dillon Francis, Kygo featuring James Hersey|
Maiara Walsh is currently single but has been in relationships with the like of Jason Dolley, Corbin Bleu and Kyle Massey. She was once linked with Sean Marquette.
Her favourite foods are pasta and olives and Brazilian BBQ, her favourite sports are soccer and softball. Besides acting, Maiara is taking out to add to her knowledge by studying psychology, according to her, learning this gives her an advantage.