For anybody who has watched the popular teenage drama series, Pretty Little Liars, the name Janel Parrish certainly rings a bell. Janel Parrish is an American actress, dancer, singer, and songwriter. She has featured in several movies, TV series and stage productions such as Bratz, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Hawaii Five-0, Bay Watch, Les Miserables, Spring Awakening and Grease. She is most popular for her role as Mona Vanderwaal, the mysterious villain in the popular series, Pretty Little Liars. While she’s made headlines in showbiz, fans want more gist other than her life in front of the camera. We’re talking about everything from the man in her life to children and even parents. Sit tight!
A Look into Janel Parrish’s History
Janel Meilani Parrish was born on October 30, 1988, in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii islands. Her mother is Chinese and her father is of European descent. She spent the better part of her early life in Hawaii and attended Moanalua Elementary School and Moanalua High School. Call it a string of Moanalaus and you won’t be wrong.
Growing up for Janel was pretty normal except for one sizzling detail; she comes from a family of bodybuilders. As one among four children, Parrish has an older sister named Melissa Nohelani who served in the U.S. Army. Her family is also highly supportive of her acting career. When she decided to pursue acting full time, the entire family relocated to L.A. so that she could focus on fulfilling her dreams.
Getting in Front of the Big Screens
Her journey to Hollywood began at the early age of 6 when she saw a production of the musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Janel was inspired by the actors she saw on stage and was determined to become a successful actress too. She took acting, singing, and dancing lessons and even began playing the piano. She also entered several competitions organized in her state and within a short time, her fame spread through her community.
Janel got her first acting role in 1996 when she played a younger version of the orphan, Cosette, in the National Touring Company of Les Miserables. She embarked on a country-wide tour with the company and also performed the role for two months on the Broadway production of the movie at The Imperial Theater. She also featured in local productions in Hawaii including The Mania Valley Theater revival of the movie, To Kill A Mockingbird in 1998 where she played the role of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in the movie.
Her outstanding performance in Les Miserables brought her recognition and she landed her first TV role in the popular NBC TV series, Baywatch. In 2000, she played the role of Natalie in the live-action remake of Disney’s Geppetto. Afterward, she got a role in the sitcom, The O’Keefes as Vanessa. Although the sitcom didn’t last for a long time, she delivered a laudable performance. The actress also starred in several made-for-television films such as The Bernie Mac Show, Zoey 101, and The O.C.
Janel Parrish Goes National
Parrish got a well-deserved break in 2007 when she landed a role as one of the main protagonists in the musical comedy, Bratz. Even though the movie was not a commercial success, it helped propel her to fame. Since Bratz, Parrish has gone on to appear in several movies (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Fired Up!, Triple Dog, Hell Is Where The Home Is, Tiger) and TV series (Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii Five-O, Drop Dead Diva, High School Possession, Rush Hour and Rosewood).
Staying true to her theater roots, she has also taken part in several theater productions such as Grease, A Walk to Remember: The Musical, and Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Spring Awakening. Parrish has won four Teen Choice Awards as a TV villain of the year for her role in Pretty Little Liars. She won the awards in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017.
Janel Parrish is also a Social Media influencer and advertises several beauty products on her Instagram where she has over 7.4 million followers. She has a svelte figure with a height of 5 feet 2 inches and a weight of 110lbs (50kg), dark brown hair with captivating light brown eyes. With this, she has attracted brands like Room & Board Modern Furniture products, Beauty Rest Black mattress, and Glade candles which she has worked for in different capacities.
How Rich is the Pretty Liars Actress?
As of this writing, Janel Parrish has a net worth of $700,000. She is also a musician and has released three songs so far: “Rainy Day” (2007), “Heart Made of Stone” (2015), and “Senseless” (2015). She has also sung backup for other musicians and produced the soundtracks of some of her movies and TV series. In fact, on her wedding day, she and her husband marched down the aisle to a song she had specially written for him. Parrish is also a good dancer and came third in the 2014 edition of Dancing with the Stars. Asides film, music, and endorsement deals, there are no other known income sources for the actress that we know of. However, it is not wrong to assume that there are several other investment streams that make up the totality of her nearly $1 million net worth. As she often says in interviews, all of that would not be possible without the support of a special someone in her life. Let’s show you who that is.
Who is the Man in Her Life?
The Pretty Little Liars star has been married to her husband, Chris Long, since 2018. There are scanty details about how they met, but what’s no secret is that Long is a chemical engineer and their relationship started in around September 2016. The couple dated for a year before getting engaged in Toronto, Canada in October 2017. Their wedding took place in Parrish’s home state of Hawaii on the 8th of September 2018.
Parrish’s elder sister, Melissa was her maid of honor while Chris’ brother officiated the ceremony. The beautiful ceremony was attended by some of her Pretty Little Liars co-stars and the couple honeymooned in Hawaii.