Born in Hawaii, Janel Parrish started her career with a love of music. She entered and won a statewide singing contest at age 6, 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 auditions in Hollywood. She also began writing her own music, which led to becoming the lead singer in a 3-girl pop group called “Impulse,” as well as a recording deal with Geffen Records.
For seven seasons, Parrish was seen on Tuesday nights as “Mona” in the top-rated Freeform television series “Pretty Little Liars.” For her role, she won the Choice TV Villain award at the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 Teen Choice Awards, as well as a TV Guide Award nomination. In 2014, she finished third place on the 19th season of the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.”