Growing up in Oahu, Hawaii, Janel Parrish discovered her love of performing at a young age. After winning many local talent competitions, she was cast as “Young Cosette” in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. Janel has made guest appearances on Baywatch, The Bernie Mac Show, Zoey 101 and had a recurring role in the NBC series Heroes. In 2007 she was cast in her first starring role as “Jade”, in the theatrical motion picture Bratz: The Movie.
Since 2010, Janel has played, Mona Vanderwaal in the Freeform (previously ABC Family) series, Pretty Little Liars. She won the Choice TV Villain at the 2012 and 2013 Teen Choice Awards for her portrayal.
In addition to acting, Janel is a singer/songwriter who has appeared on the 2003 reboot of Star Search and was on the soundtrack for Bratz: The Movie.