Melissa Molinaro must have felt like the world was against her when she came very close to being a member of either Danity Kane or The Pussycat Dolls but failed at the last hurdles. The singer who has also fashioned out careers as an actress, model, and choreographer, is best known for appearing in the reality TV shows Making the Band 3 and Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. Read on to find out more about her early life, career, and family.
Melissa Molinaro was born Melissa Smith, one of two children to Divina and Stephen Smith, on the 4th of June, 1982, in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Both her parents are Canadian, however, her father is of English descent while her mother is of Italian descent.
At a very young age, the age of 3 to be exact, she began figure skating, before later starting gymnastics at the age of 5. The young lady was later enrolled at Deborah’s Stage Dance Door Performing Arts Academy where she got to star in productions of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Cabaret. After having spent all her childhood years in Canada, she joined her family to move to the United States when she was about 13 years of age, as the family settled at Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Molinaro continued to hone her acting, singing, and dancing skills all through her teenage years. When she turned 18, she successfully auditioned to join the girl pop group, Goddess, which she then became the lead singer of. Interscope Records went ahead to sign her to a production deal, through which she was able to make her first recording demo.
In the coming years, as Goddess failed to achieve huge success, Melissa Molinaro did not relent in her pursuit of greatness, as she went ahead to begin an acting and modelling career. She appeared in music videos for artists like Celine Dion and The Black Eyed Peas and had small roles in films and television shows like High Crimes (2002), Grounded for Life (2003), The Hillz (2004), and Happy Family (2004). During this same time, she modelled and appeared in commercials for companies like Microsoft, Xbox, Miss Fitness, Detroit Automotive Show, Nivea, Skechers, Nappytabs, and Dickies Girls.
In 2005, Molinaro took part in the reality television series Making the Band 3 where she was very close to winning a spot on the girl group Danity Kane. A few years later, she took part in another music reality show called Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll where she again came close to becoming the next member of the famous girl group and dance ensemble. As things would pan out, Molinaro got her first lead role soon after in the action movie Command Performance (2009) which was starring and directed by Dolph Lundgren, and the rest became history.
Melissa Molinaro’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Melissa Molinaro is estimated to have a net worth of $8 million. The Canadian-American was able to make her wealth through her work as an actress, singer, model, choreographer and she is still very active in the field.
Family – Husband, Siblings
Melissa Molinaro is happily married to her husband, Bryan Kowalski. The two are said to have dated for about 2 years, before getting engaged, and then exchanging marital vows after another two years on the 2nd of October, 2016. The couple’s wedding went viral on social media after Molinaro ditched her gown for a leotard and then entertained her husband and guests with a choreographed dance.
Unlike his wife, Bryan Kowalski does not work in the entertainment business. The Oakland University, Michigan graduate of Business Administration and Marketing, serves as the managing consultant of Mainspring Consulting Group LLC. He has previously worked with Health Management Associates, Inc. and WellCare Health Plans.
Melissa Molinaro has one sibling, a brother named Nicholas Smith. It is not clear who is older between him and his sister. Also, not much is known about him, other than the fact that he works in the automotive industry with his father.
Melissa Molinaro is not as tall as the average American woman who stands at 5 feet 4 inches, she has a height of 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm). The voluptuous actress who sports dark brown hair colour and grey eyes further weighs about 49 kg (108 pounds) and has general body measurements of 37-24-36 inches (94-61-91.5 cm).