Born in Hawaii, Janel Parrish started her career with a love for music. She entered and won a state-wide 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 acting auditions in Hollywood. While studying acting, Parrish continued to train vocally, eventually adding piano 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," as well as a recording deal with Geffen Records.
Currently, Parrish can be seen on Tuesday nights appearing as "Mona" in the top-rated Freeform TV series, "Pretty Little Liars." For her role she won the "Choice TV Villain" award at the 2012 and 2013 Teen Choice Awards, as well as a TV Guide Award nomination. In 2014, she finished in third place on the 19th edition of the ABC hit show "Dancing with the Stars."
Her love of musical theater also remains. In 2012, Parrish returned to her theater stage roots in Over the Moon Productions' intimate presentation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" as "Anna." In 2014 and 2015, she hit the stage in "Cruel Intentions," "For the Record: Baz Luhrmann" as well as "For the Record: Tarantino."
Other television credits include "Mysteries of Laura," "Drop Dead Diva," "Hawaii Five-O," "Heroes," "Gepetto," "Baywatch," "The O'Keefe's," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Zoey 101," "True Jackson, VP" and "The O.C." She has also graced the big screen starring in feature films such as "Bratz: The Movie," "One Kine Day" and "Knots."