Janel Meilani Parrish is an American actress, dancer, singer and songwriter. Parrish was born on October 30, 1988 in Oahu, Hawaii, to Mark Parrish, who is of European descent, and Joanne, who is of Chinese descent. She attended the Moanalua Elementary and Middle Schools. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for the role of Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie. In 2014, Parrish participated in the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars, taking third place.
In 2000 she was featured in Disney’s made-for-TV live-action incarnation of the Pinocchio story entitled Geppetto. At the age of six, Parrish entered and won a statewide singing contest. While studying acting, Parrish continued training vocal and learned to play the piano as well as dancing. On September 4, 2014, Parrish was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.