For those who have never missed an episode, let alone a season of the ABC comedy and crime series Desperate Housewives, the name Ana Solis – played by Maiara Walsh – is still a household name.
This Brazilian-American actress and singer have demonstrated great competence not only in her roles, not only as Ana Solis in Desperate Housewives but also as Simone Sinclair in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and as Meena Paroom in the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House.
Here are lesser-known facts about this talented American-Brazilian actress.
Complex Ancestry/ Ethnicity
Maiara Walsh was born on February 18, 1988, in Seattle, Washington, to an American father, 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 descent, while her paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Cahail, who is a daughter of Ira Earl Cahail and Alice Stella Kellogg, who are of Canadian descent.
Maiara Walsh is Multi-Lingual
Probably because of her different ethnic background, Maiara speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish in addition to English.
She Left Home at Age 11 to Pursue a Career in Acting
The star of the Desperate Housewives moved with her family to São Paulo, Brazil when she was only two years old, but moved to Simi Valley, California at the age of eleven to pursue an acting career. In 2010 she got the chance to appear as a guest on CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The following year (2011) she played the role of Mandi Weatherly in Mean Girls 2 – a teen comedy on TV directed by Melanie Mayron. She then played the lead role in the Dr. Phil Show.
That’s not all, 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, girlfriend/ex-girlfriend of Toby Kennish and ex-girlfriend of Wilkie) in Switched at Birth.
She has starred in many other movies, see 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 through and through, and despite her busy schedule she still finds time to do humanitarian work. She spends much of her time volunteering, coordinating community projects, and supporting children with disabilities, and she also writes a personal advice blog.
In addition to her philanthropic work, Walsh also takes the time to personally write to her fans through her official Facebook page.
Maiara Walsh Is Also A Singer
Not many people realize that Walsh is a singer too. Her most popular song is Six Feet Under from the album Six Feet Under.
She can also be seen in some music videos. For example, she appeared in the DJ TOKIMONSTA music video Go with it (2013). She also appeared in DJ Dillon Francis’ collaboration with Kygo (DJ Norweigan) and the music video of singer James Henderson for her 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 had relationships with people like Jason Dolley, Corbin Bleu, and Kyle Massey. She was once associated with Sean Marquette.
Her favorite foods are pasta and olives and Brazilian BBQ, her favorite sports are soccer and softball. Besides acting, Maiara deepens her knowledge by studying psychology, which she says gives her an advantage.