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Born in Hawaii, Janel Parrish started her career with a love for music. She entered and won a state-wide singing contest at age six and soon followed that with being cast in the National Touring Company and Broadway Company of “Les Miserables” as “Little Cosette.” It wasn’t long before Parrish’s Broadway experience and recognition led her to acting auditions in Hollywood. While studying acting, she continued to train vocally, eventually adding piano and dance to her repertoire. Parrish also began writing her own music, which led to becoming the lead singer in a three-girl pop group called “Impulse.”
The past few years has seen Parrish appear in many television shows and made-for-TV movies, such as “Gepetto,” “Baywatch,” “The O’Keefe’s,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Zoey 101,” and “The O.C.” In the summer of 2007, she made her feature film debut starring as “Jade,” one of the lead characters in the Lionsgate feature film “Bratz: The Movie.” Immediately following the film’s release Parrish, was cast as a guest star on the NBC hit show “Heroes.” She played May, the head cheerleader at the new school that Claire (Hayden Panettiere) attends.
In 2009, Parrish was quite busy filming multiple episodes as “Kyla” on the hit TV show “True Jackson, VP” on Nickelodeon and had starring roles in two feature films: “One Kine Day” and “Knots.”
Recently, she appeared as a guest star, on the hit CBS show “Hawaii Five-0.” Parrish is starring in the new film, “The Concerto,” playing the lead character “Lisa Wagner.”
Parrish currently lives in Los Angeles and is well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a recognized film actress and a solo recording artist.