Maiara Walsh And 5 Lesser Known Facts About The American Brazilian Actress
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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.

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Maiara Walsh And 5 Lesser Known Facts About The American Brazilian Actress
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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

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lullabye Before I Wake Megan
2010 The Prankster Sage Ryan
2011 Empty Sky Samantha McDonnell Short film
2012 General Education Katie
2012 Last Hours of Suburbia Jennifer
2013 Chocolate Milk Lucy Short film
2013 The Starving Games Kantmiss Evershot
2014 The Armadillo Molly Gardner Short film
2014 The Jazz Funeral Emily
2015 Vanish Emma
2015 Glitch Sophie
2015 “Summer Camp” Michelle

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
2016 Notorious Willow 2 episodes

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.

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Maiara Walsh And 5 Lesser Known Facts About The American Brazilian Actress
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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.

Music Videos

Year Title Artist
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

Relationship Status

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.