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.

Personal life

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 was the female lead in the television series Zombieland as Wichita, taking over the role from Emma Stone. After filming the pilot episode, the series was not picked up.

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.



2008Lullabye Before I WakeMegan
2010The PranksterSage Ryan
2011Empty SkySamantha McDonnellShort film
2012General EducationKatie
2012Last Hours of SuburbiaJennifer
2013I Chocolate MilkLucyShort film
2013The Starving GamesKantmiss Evershot
2014The ArmadilloMolly GardnerShort film
2014The Jazz FuneralEmily
2015I GlitchSophie
2015"Summer Camp"Michelle


2005UnfabulousGirl CousinEpisode: "The Bar Mitzvah"
2007–08Cory in the HouseMeena Paroom32 episodes
2009–10Desperate HousewivesAna Solis12 episodes
2010The Secret Life of the American TeenagerGirl in Light Blue PajamasEpisode: "Lady Liberty"
2010The Vampire DiariesSarah2 episodes
2011Mean Girls 2Mandi WeatherlyTelevision film
2012–13Switched at BirthSimone Sinclair18 episodes
2013ZombielandWitchitaUnaired Amazon Studios pilot
2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Callie HanniganEpisode: "Seeds"
2016Hopeless, RomanticSummerTelevision film

Music videos

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


2006Sing-Along Bowl-AthonHerselfTV movie
2006New Year Sing-A-Long Bowl-A-Thon!HostHerself - Host
2007The Disney Channel GamesHerselfTV mini-series
2008Breakin' Down 'Cory in the House'HerselfVideo documentary short
2010VH1 Undateable (TV mini-series documentary)HerselfTV mini-series documentary Hour 1-5
2011Dr.Phil.comHerselfAdvice during a live webcast
2012Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World (Catalonia – November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26))HerselfTraveling correspondent