American actress Rowan Blanchard began acting from the age of five. She shot to fame for portraying Riley Matthews, the main character in the short-lived Disney teen series Girl Meets World, a spinoff of Boy Meets World. After the show sadly came to an abrupt end, Blanchard went on to greater things most notably the recurring role of Jackie Geary in the ABC period sitcom, The Goldberg. Here is what you need to know about her life and career.
Rowan Blanchard’s Age, Ethnicity, And Other Background Details
Blanchard was born as Rowan Eleanor Blanchard on October 14, 2001, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Rowan is of mixed ethnicity. Perhaps not many actresses in Hollywood boast of an ethnicity as diverse as Rowan Blanchard’s. Her paternal grandfather entered the US as a Middle East immigrant. He was of Armenian, Lebanese, Syrian and Moroccan ancestry. Her paternal grandmother had roots from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.
Rowan’s father Mark Blanchard-Boulbol is a New Yorker. Though Rowan was born and raised in Los Angeles, most times she identifies as a New Yorker, explaining that she always feels at home in New York. Her father and her mother Elizabeth are both yoga instructors.
Blanchard came to love acting as a child and made up her mind early to pursue acting as a career. Her debut film role came in Jennifer Lopez‘s Back-Up Plan where she played the role of Mona’s 7-year-old daughter. Also in 2010, she appeared in 5 episodes of Dance-a-Lot Robot playing the role of Caitlin. Blanchard then appeared in 2011 films; Little in Common, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.
Rowan Blanchard shot to fame thanks to playing the lead role in Girl Meets World which unfortunately was canceled after 3 seasons. However, it was enough time to gain her the widespread recognition she needed to advance her career. While on the Disney show, Rowan reprised her Riley Matthews role in Best Friends Whenever and played Cleo in the Disney Original film, Invisible Sister.
Rowan Blanchard is the first born child in her family. She has two younger siblings which include a brother named Shane and a sister named Carmen. Rowan and her sister Carmen share an uncanny resemblance. The most visible difference between them is Carmen’s slightly lighter hair and eye color. Carmen is just about a couple of years younger than Rowan. She was born on the 8th of September 2003. Like Rowan, Carmen is also an actress.
When they were kids, the two sisters would often perform in shows, singing and dancing together. Carmen has made appearances in the TV shows; American Horror Story and Encounters. Rowan brought her sister to the premiere of her Disney original movie Invisible Sister (2015).
Boyfriend Or Is She Gay?
Rowan Blanchard may be very vocal when it comes to her opinion on feminism, however, the same cannot be said about her love life. During her Girl Meets World days, Rowan was linked with a couple of her co-stars, among them, Corey Fogelmanis and Peyton Meyer. The super cute photos of Row with these boys found on Instagram sparked dating rumors. She was spotted on several occasions going on dates with Meyer and the pair were said to have dated briefly in 2015.
Despite the cute phots of her and Corey on their respective social media pages, the two never really dated as revealed, much to the dismay of fans who could not help but root for them.
In early 2016, the media was treated to the interesting news of Blanchard’s sexuality. She took to her Twitter page to identify as queer explaining that while she had liked boys all her life, she was open to dating the same sex. However, since then Blanchard has not been linked with anyone either male or female.
Height And Other Quick Facts
Rowan Blanchard stands at about 5 feet 5 inches tall. However, considering she’s still growing, it won’t come as a surprise if she adds on a few extra inches.
- Her first book titled Still Here was released in February 2018.
- Blanchard is an activist with a focus on feminism, gun violence, and human rights.
- The Beatles is her favorite band.
- She is best friends with her GMW co-star Sabrina Carpenter.