Maiara Walsh And 5 Lesser Known Facts About The American Brazilian Actress

For all of those who never missed an episode let alone a season in the ABC comedy-drama and mystery series Desperate Housewives, the name Ana Solis – played by Maiara Walsh still rings a bell.

This Brazilian American actress and singer have shown great expertise not just in playing her roles, not just as Ana Solis in Desperate Housewives, she is also well known for playing Simone Sinclair on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and appearing as  Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House.

Here are lesser-known facts about this talented American Brazillian actress.

Complex Ancestry/ Ethnicity

Maiara Walsh was born February 18, 1988, in Seattle, Washington to an American father who is also of Irish, English, German, and French-Canadian descent and a Brazilian mother.

Maiara’s paternal grandfather Laurence Mason Walsh was the son of Royal Hill Walsh and Ina Mae Swihart who are of English origin while her paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Cahail who is a daughter to Ira Earl Cahail and Alice Stella Kellogg, who are of Canadian origin.

Maiara Walsh is Multi-Lingual

Probably due to her diverse ethnicity, asides from English, Maiara also speaks Portuguese fluently and she is proficient in Spanish.

She Left Home at Age 11 to Pursue a Career in Acting

The Desperate Housewives star and her family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, when she was just two years old but she moved to Simi Valley California, at the age of eleven to pursue a career in acting. In 2010, she got a chance to star as a guest on CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The following year (2011), she appeared as Mandi Weatherly in Mean Girls 2 – a teen comedy television film directed by Melanie Mayron. Then she starred on the Dr Phil Show.

It didn’t end there, Walsh took over from Emma Stone as the female lead in the television series Zombieland. In 2012, she starred 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.

She has appeared in many other films, check out the list below



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lullabye Before I Wake Megan
2010 The Prankster Sage Ryan
2011 Empty Sky Samantha McDonnell Short film
2012 General Education Katie
2012 Last Hours of Suburbia Jennifer
2013 Chocolate Milk Lucy Short film
2013 The Starving Games Kantmiss Evershot
2014 The Armadillo Molly Gardner Short film
2014 The Jazz Funeral Emily
2015 Vanish Emma
2015 Glitch Sophie
2015 “Summer Camp” Michelle


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Unfabulous Girl Cousin Episode: “The Bar Mitzvah”
2007–2008 Cory in the House Meena Paroom 32 episodes
2009–2010 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
2012–2013 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
2016 Notorious Willow 2 episodes

She Is A Philanthropist

Maiara Walsh is a philanthropist to the core, in spite of her busy schedule, she still finds time to do some humanitarian work. She spends much of her time volunteering, coordinating community projects, and supporting children with disabilities, she also spends time writing a personal advice blog.

Asides from her philanthropic work, Walsh also takes time to personally write back to her fans via her official Facebook page.

Maiara Walsh Is Also A Singer

Not many are aware that Walsh sings too. Her most popular track is Six Feet Under from the album Six Feet Under. 

She has also made appearances on some music videos. For instance, she was in DJ TOKIMONSTA’s music video Go with it (2013). She also appeared in DJ Dillon Francis’ collaboration with Kygo (Norweigan DJ) and singer James Henderson’s music video for their song Coming over in 2016.

Music Videos

Year Title Artist
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

Relationship Status

Maiara Walsh is currently single but has been in relationships with the likes of Jason Dolley, Corbin Bleu, and Kyle Massey. She was once linked with Sean Marquette.

Her favorite foods are pasta and olives and Brazilian BBQ, her favorite sports are soccer and softball. Besides acting, Maiara is taking out to add to her knowledge by studying psychology, according to her, learning this gives her an advantage.