Maiara Walsh (born February 18, 1988) is a Brazilian-American actress and singer best known for playing Ana Solis on the sixth season of the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives and as Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House. As of 2013, she portrays Simone on Switched at Birth.
Walsh was born in Seattle, Washington to a Brazilian mother and American father of Irish, German, and Swedish descent. She speaks fluent Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish. Walsh and her family moved to São Paulo, Brazil when she was two years old. At 11, she moved to Simi Valley, California to pursue her acting career. Walsh is a human rights activist, and spends much of her time volunteering and getting together community projects. She also enjoys travelling, reading, spending time outdoors, and studying psychology, biology, and neuroscience in her own time. Walsh also writes a personal blog on her official website.
In the fall of 2010, she guest-starred on CW's The Vampire Diaries as Sarah. In Atlanta, Walsh then filmed Mean Girls 2 as Mandi Weatherly, an A-list clique girl. Walsh was also on the Dr. Phil Show. In the segment she revealed painful memories from her time in primary school and gave advice to teens on how to best empower themselves. Later that day, Walsh shared some advice during a live webcast, sponsored by the Dr. Phil Show.
Walsh has had a recurring part since 2013 as Simone Sinclair, a former friend of Bay Kennish, a one-night stand with Emmett Bledsoe, friend / ex-girlfriend of Toby Kennish, and ex-girlfriend of Wilkie, in Switched at Birth.
Walsh is an avid philanthropist, and spends much of her time volunteering and coordinating community projects, ranging from supporting children with disabilities to writing a personal advice blog. In addition to philanthropy, Walsh also has personally written back to fans via her official Facebook page.
|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"|
|2007–08||Cory in the House||Meena Paroom||32 episodes|
|2009–10||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|
|2012–13||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|
|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|
|2006||Sing-Along Bowl-Athon||Herself||TV movie|
|2006||New Year Sing-A-Long Bowl-A-Thon!||Host||Herself - Host|
|2007||The Disney Channel Games||Herself||TV mini-series|
|2008||Breakin' Down 'Cory in the House'||Herself||Video documentary short|
|2010||VH1 Undateable (TV mini-series documentary)||Herself||TV mini-series documentary Hour 1-5|
|2011||Dr.Phil.com||Herself||Advice during a live webcast|
|2012||Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World (Catalonia – November 26, 2012 )||Herself||Traveling correspondent|