October 30, 1988 (35)
Janel Parrish is an American actress and singer, widely recognized for her portrayal of Mona Vanderwaal in the hit TV series “Pretty Little Liars.” Stepping beyond her initial breakthrough, Parrish has demonstrated an impressive range in both television and film. Her notable roles extend from the sweet yet resolute Margot Covey in the Netflix film series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” to her Broadway debut as Sandy Dumbrowski in the 2007 production of “Grease.” However, her performance in “Pretty Little Liars” still stands as a benchmark in her career, highlighting her ability to traverse the intricate narrative of a suspense thriller.
Throughout her career, Parrish’s creative journey has been enriched by numerous collaborations with celebrated artists and celebrities. She acted alongside Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, and Shay Mitchell in “Pretty Little Liars,” forming one of television’s most recognizable ensembles. Her work in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” featured her sharing screen space with Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. On Broadway, she interacted with stars like Laura Osnes and Max Crumm. Her stint on “Dancing with the Stars” placed her with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Parrish’s talent and dedication have earned her significant recognition within the industry. Notably, she bagged a Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Villain” for her role in “Pretty Little Liars” in 2012. In addition, her remarkable performance in “Dancing with the Stars” led her to secure third place in the 19th season of the show.