Maiara Walsh is a Brazilian American actor and singer, best known as the scheming young girl ‘Ana Solis’ from 'Desperate Housewives' and ‘Meena Paroom’ from 'Cory in the House.' Mentored by Amy Lyndon, Maiara has made a niche for herself in the industry. She has worked in several short films and has had significant roles in feature-length films as well. Apart from 'Desperate Housewives,' Maiara’s performance in 'Switched at Birth,' too, has been well-appreciated. In addition to acting, Maiara loves music; she was a member of a jazz band. A well-traveled individual, Maiara transforms her travel experiences into her creative ventures. She is an avid supporter of human rights and other such noble causes.
Childhood & Early Life
Maiara Walsh was born Maiara Kylior Walsh on February 18, 1988, in Seattle, Washington. She was a toddler when her family relocated to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a few years and then moved back to Seattle.
In Seattle, Maiara developed interest in music and performing arts. She would actively participate in her school plays. At the age of 11 years, Maiara’s family moved to Southern California, so that she could pursue her career.
Maiara attended her grad school in California and pursued acting as well. She also attended 'Warner Loughlin Studios.'
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Maiara began her career in acting in 2005, with a brief role in the 'Nickelodeon' sitcom 'Unfabulous.' The following year, she was roped in for the 'Disney Channel' drama 'Cory in the House,' which was her first recurring role. Maiara was booked for 32 episodes (2007–2008) as Meena Paroom, daughter of the Bahavian ambassador, a fictional country and the crush of the titular character played by Kyle Massey.
In 2008, Maiara made her film debut as Megan in 'Lullabye Before I Wake' and starred as Samantha McDonnell in the 2011 short film 'Empty Sky.'
Maiara’s next prominent TV role was of Ana Solis that she played in 12 episodes of the superhit 'ABC' mystery comedy-drama, 'Desperate Housewives.' Her character was introduced in the sixth season. Toward the fall of 2010, Maiara guest-starred on the 'CW' drama 'The Vampire Diaries' as Sarah.
Maiara played Mandi Weatherly, the self-proclaimed leader of the 'North Shore High School' clique called ‘The Plastics' in the 2011 'ABC Family' film 'Mean Girls 2.' She next starred as Katie Bradford in the 2012 comedy 'General Education.'
Maiara was seen as Simone Sinclair in 18 episodes (2012–2013, 2017) of the 'ABC Family' teen family drama 'Switched at Birth.' She was considered for the role of Wichita in the TV adaptation of the 2009 most-apocalyptic horror-comedy 'Zombieland.' However, On 17 May 2013, creator Rhett Reese announced that 'Amazon' did not pick up the series.
Maiara was in the lead role of Kantmiss Evershot in 2013 parody film 'The Starving Games,' based on 'The Hunger Games.' She essayed the character Emma in the 2015 thriller 'Vanish' and Sophie in the short 'Glitch.'
In 2016, She was seen as Summer in the TV movie 'Hopeless, Romantic.' Maiara was cast as Carrie in the short 'Her Boyfriend's Secret' (2018) and Taylor Small in 'Babysplitters' (2019).
Back in 2012, Maiara formed a seven-piece jazz band and created a production of a period love story showed through a music show titled 'Dream.' She performed ten of the original songs live on the stage for the show.
As a singer, Maiara has performed at several well-established venues such as 'Hotel Cafe,' 'Bardot,' and the 'Montalban' in Los Angeles. Her soulful, edgy, and melodic music primarily is a fusion of heavy bass beats and ballads. She has also released an EP.
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In 2015, Maiara became a director with the feature titled 'Phoenix,' which was about a lonely girl ending up in the wrong places and wrong relationships. Next In 2017, she came up with her second directorial venture, a narrative short film called 'Young Blood.'
’Young Blood’ was highly appreciated by the critics that encouraged Maiara to write a feature based on the characters which will be her first film as a director. She also has an upcoming supernatural show for 'Popstar' magazine's media platform.
Maiara appeared in the music video of 'Go with it’ (2013) by the featuring artist DJ TOKIMONSTA in collaboration with American singer/songwriter MNDR. She had also appeared in the music video for 'Coming over' (2016) that featured DJ Dillon Francis, Kygo (Norweigan DJ) (Norwegian), and singer James Henderson.
Family & Personal Life
Maiara’s father is a mix of American, German, Irish, English, and French-Canadian ethnicities while her mother is Brazilian. Maiara is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
The name is pronounced as "MY-Ah-Da,’’ as told on the 'Doctor Phil Show' on March 10, 2011.
Maiara has volunteered at 'Children's Hospital Los Angeles,' equestrian therapy, and organized workshops for the 'Young Women's Empowerment Network' and BBYO. In 2018, she joined the 'Reality Storyteller’ program in Israel, where she learned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Later in 2019, Maiara attended other by programs by the organization in Greece and Germany to learn about the global refugee crisis.
As a part of the Young Women's Empowerment Network,' Maiara has and co-hosted the 'Girl Prep' events in Hollywood. She is the youth ambassador for 'In a Perfect World.'
Maiara offers equestrian therapy for hospitalized children as a mode of physical and mental therapy.
Of her multiple relationships, Maiara first dated actor-musician Jason Dolley for about six months in 2004. Her relationship with her 'Cory in the House' co-star Kyle Massey which was much hyped in the media. They were together from 2007 to 2010.
According to sources, Maiara had brief relationships with Sean Marquette, Cole Sprouse, and Corbin Bleu while still dating Kyle Massey.
Maiara wishes to attend college and major in psychology.
Maiara was tagged as "My Twigga," by her bullies in school. she was teased for her small and skinny physique.