Rowan Blanchard is an American actress who is famous for playing Riley Matthews in the hit Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. But while her Disney girl phase is her most prominent anchor to fame, it might as well have happened in another lifetime.
Since leaving her Disney years behind, Rowan has crafted a different image, one as a vocal activist for various social causes. She has spoken up for feminism, human rights, and against gun violence. Her sexuality has also come under revision, redefining everything we know about the actress whose career is as old as her age.
Rowan Blanchard Began Acting At Five Years Old
Rowan Blanchard was born on the 14th of October, 2001, in Los Angeles, California. Her father’s name is Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, while her mother’s name is Elizabeth. Both of her parents are yoga instructors. Her parents named her after a character in Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour.
Rowan Blanchard started acting in 2006 when she was just five years old. Her first role was an unnamed part as Mona’s Daughter in The Back-Up Plan. In that same year, she began her Disney life, as Caitlin in Dance-A-Lot Robot.
As part of her appearance in children-themed projects, she starred as Rebecca Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World and as Raquel Pacheco in Little in Common. Her most significant Disney role today, began in 2013, at the age of 12. She starred as Riley Matthews in Girl Meets World. She played the role for three years between 2014 and 2017, appearing in 72 episodes.
As for her education, Rowan Blanchard’s higher education path remains undetermined. With her age and career, there are several opportunities available to the actress. As for her primary education, thanks to her acting commitments, Rowan began homeschooling in sixth grade until she graduated high school.
She Has Starred in Few Adult-Themed Projects So Far
Rowan Blanchard would later shed her Disney girl image for a mature image. She started the journey with appearances in adult-themed works. She appeared in the TV movie, Invisible Sister in 2015, and starred in the short film, The Realest Real, in 2016.
In the same year she finished her role in Girl Meets World, Rowan began appearing on The Goldbergs. She starred in eleven episodes in a recurring role as Jackie Geary. Subsequent credits in Neo Yokio, Splitting Up Together, A World Away, and Trusting Hope contributed to the change in her public image.
Her most significant departure from the cookie-cutter world of Disney films and shows was 2020’s Snowpiercer. She starred in the futuristic thriller as Alexandria. Although she had limited appearances in the show’s first season, she is expected to return in a bigger capacity in the second season. But while Snowpiercer and other projects have done a good job of helping her transition from her Disney days, none have had as much impact as her activities off-screen.
Rowan Blanchard’s Emergence as a Vocal Feminist and Human Rights Activist
Her first dive into activism was at a UN Women’s HeForShe event in 2015. Ever since Rowan evolved from a Disney star into an activist, unlike other young celebrities who use their social media pages for just sharing pictures of their fabulous lives, she uses hers to raise awareness on issues close to her heart.
Rowan regularly tweets and retweets issues affecting immigrants, people of color, and the LGBT community. She is also an outspoken feminist. Rowan doesn’t shy away from taking a stand on some of the most divisive issues plaguing her society today, from #BlackLivesMatter to gay pride. She is willing to speak up on issues that even adults shy away from, propelling her into the spotlight, far more than some of her movies have.
Rowan Blanchard is also an author. She released her book Still Here in February 2018. The non-fiction work, which takes the shape of a teenager’s scrapbook/diary, features personal essays, poems, and pictures from not only Rowan but other personalities. The book offers an inside look into what it means to be growing up as a teenager in today’s world and provides insight into her personality change.
Included in this personality change is a sexuality change. Rowan came out in a series of tweets in January 2016 that she is queer. According to her, while she has only ever been with boys, she is sexually open to other genders, a statement that opened doors to queries about her dating status.
Rowan Blanchard is Dating Owen Lang
In her relatively short years in the spotlight, Rowan Blanchard has dated two men – Peyton Meyer and Owen Lang. Her relationship with Owen, her current relationship, began in 2018. Save for a few pictures posted on social media, the two of them have kept a relatively low-profile as a couple. As a result, we know little about their relationship.
Before Owen, she dated Peyton Meyer, her co-star on Girl Meets World. It was a brief relationship in late 2015. Although like her relationship with Owen, we know little about it, we presume they dated after a few months and decided they were better off as friends.
Aside from her two confirmed relationships, she has been linked with other personalities like Uriah Shelton, and Teo Halm, both former co-stars on Girl Meets World.
Rowan Has a Vibrant Family Life
The actress might still have a long way to go regarding her love life, but her family life is well established. Rowan Blanchard has a younger sister named Carmen, who is a budding actress just like her elder sister. She has featured in some TV series such as Encounters (2009) and American Horror Story (2011). Carmen appeared alongside her elder sister and younger brother, Shane, in the 2019 adventurous movie A World Away. Their dad, Mark Blanchard, co-wrote and directed the film.
Unlike her elder sister, Carmen attends public school and helps her sister keep up with all the trends among teenagers.
As for her ethnicity, Rowan Blanchard is white, but she has a rich ancestral heritage. Thanks to her paternal grandparents, her ancestry spans the Middle East and Europe. Via her paternal grandfather, she has Syrian, Lebanese, Moroccan, and Armenian descent. Her paternal grandmother, on the other hand, has roots across England, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.