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Born in Hawaii, Janel started her career with a love for music. She entered and won a statewide singing contest at age 6 and soon followed that with being cast in the National Touring Company and Broadway Company of Les Miserables as Little Cosette. It wasn’t long before Janel’s Broadway experience and recognition led to acting auditions in Hollywood. While studying acting, Janel continued to train vocally, eventually adding piano to her repertoire. She also began writing her own music, which led to becoming the lead singer in a 3 girl pop group called “Impulse” as well as a recording deal with Geffen Records.
Currently, Janel can be seen as “Mona” in the top-rated ABC Family TV series, Pretty Little Liars. For her role she won the “Choice TV Villain” award at the 2012 and 2013 Teen Choice Awards as well as a TV Guide Award nomination. Her love of musical theater also remains. In 2012, Parrish returned to her theater roots in Over the Moon Productions' intimate presentation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening as Anna. In 2014, she hit the stage in For the Record: Baz Luhrmann as well as For the Record: Tarantino. Other television credits include Drop Dead Diva, Hawaii Five-O, Heroes, Gepetto, Baywatch, The O’Keefe’s, The Bernie Mac Show, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, and The O.C. She has also graced the big screen starring in feature films such as Bratz: The Movie, One Kine Day and Knots. JANEL PARRISH partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY.