Pretty Little Liars
Season Premieres Tuesday, January 7, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
Mona Van der Wall on ABC Family’s "Pretty Little Liars"
Janel Parrish portrays the complex character Mona Van der Wall. Originally thought to be the bubbly and materialistic best friend of Hanna Marin, Mona was unmasked as the mysterious tormentor "A" at the end of Season Two. Now locked away at the Radley Sanatarium, she has a lot of answering to do for her actions against the girls.
Born in Hawaii, Parrish started her career with a love for music. She entered and won a state-wide singing contest at age 6 and followed that with being cast in the National Touring Company and Broadway Company of Les Misérables 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. She 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 have seen Parrish appear in such television shows and made-for-TV movies as "Gepetto," "Baywatch," "The O'Keefes," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Zoey 101" and, most recently, "The O.C." In the summer of 2007 Parrish 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, she was cast as a guest star on the NBC hit show "Heroes."
In 2009 Parrish was 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."
Earlier this year Parrish starred in the new Los Angeles production of the stage musical Spring Awakening, which opened at the Theatre of Arts Arena Stage in Hollywood on March 16.
She currently lives in Los Angeles and is well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a recognized film actress and solo recording artist.