• Maiara Walsh is an American actress born in 1988
• She is best known for her roles in “Cory in the House” and “Desperate Housewives”
• She has appeared in several music videos and films
• Maiara has dated four men since the launch of her acting career
• She enjoys travelling, singing, and playing sports, and has a net worth of over $1 million

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FactMaiara is also proficient in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese (being half Brazilian via her mother).

Who is Maiara Walsh, star of “Cory in the House”? Wiki Bio

Maiara Kylior Walsh was born in Seattle, Washington State USA, on 18 February 1988 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Meena Paroom, one of the lead characters in the comedy series “Cory in the House” which aired from 2007 to late 2008, and which was created by Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler. The series also starred Kyle Massey and Jason Dolley, and follows Cory and his father Victor Baxter as they start a new life in San Francisco, California – it was nominated for two Image and two Young Artist Awards.

Early life and education

Maiara spent the first two years of her childhood in Seattle, where she was raised an only child by her American father and her Brazilian mother, at which point they moved to Sao Paulo in Brazil; it was there that she learned to speak and write both Portuguese and Spanish. When she was 11, the family moved to Simi Valley in California, as Maiara’s mother wanted to pursue her college degree there.

Maiara attended Royal High School, at which she became interested in acting, and tried her best to appear in all the plays performed at the school. She also practiced acting at a local theatre, and upon matriculation in 2006, Maiara didn’t enroll at a college, but rather decided to focus on becoming a famous actress.

Roles in TV series

Actually Maiara made her debut TV series appearance in 2005, when she portrayed Girl Cousin in the episode “The Bar Mitzvah” of the comedy series “Unfabulous”, which was created by Sue Rose and starred Emma Roberts, Melise and Jordan Calloway. The series is about Addie Singer, who is a teenager interested in music and writing songs – it was nominated for 19 awards without winning any.

In 2007, Maiara competed on the Blue Team in the “Disney Channel Games”, and then in 2009 she was invited to portray the supporting character Ana Solis in the soap opera comedy mystery series “Desperate Housewives”, which starred Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman; it was a huge hit in the US and Europe as well, as it won 65 awards including three Golden Globes while it was nominated for 185 others.

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The following year saw her portray the Girl in Light Blue Pajamas in the episode “Lady Liberty” of the teen series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, while the year 2012 saw her start portraying Simone Sinclair in the romantic teen series “Switched at Birth”, about two girls who find out that they were switched at the hospital shortly after being born – the series was a success, as it won eight awards and was nominated for 22 others.

In 2013, Maiara was invited to star as Wichita in the post-apocalyptic zombie comedy series “Zombieland”, but the potential series wasn’t picked up by any network, however, it was soon turned into a movie.

She went on to guest star in the episode “Seeds” of the series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, while the year 2016 saw her appear as Willow in two episodes of the crime and legal series “Notorious”.

Two of Maiara’s latest appearances have been in 2018, in the action series “The Last Ship” in which she portrayed Mia Valdez, and in the episode “Night Lights” of the police procedural crime series “Criminal Minds” in which she played Nikki Pareno.

Maiara has also been featured in several music videos. She appeared in Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things” in 2008, and then went on to appear in “Go With It” by Tokimonsta and MNDR in 2013, “The Warrior” performed by Diego Boneta in 2015, and “Coming Over” sung by Dillon Francis, Kygo and James Hersey.

Her latest appearance in a music video has been in “Window” by MAGIC GIANT in 2017.

Roles in movies

Maiara made her debut film appearance in 2008, when she portrayed Megan in the romantic movie “Lullabye Before I Wake”, directed and written by Nate Pantumsinchai and which received good critiques, but still passed by rather unnoticed.

In 2010, Maiara appeared as Sage Ryan in the teen comedy movie “The Prankster”, which starred Matt Angel, Danny Max and Kunal Sharma, and is about a secret society that helps fix bad things at a high school. The year 2011 saw her star as Samantha McDonnell in J. Michael Vargas’ short romantic movie “Empty Sky”, which also starred Sarah Kathleen Rosen and Cindy Morgan, and which follows Samantha and Taylor who become best friends after being connected by music.

Maiara’s following role was in the comedy movie “General Education” which starred Chris Sheffield and Elaine Hendrix, and she also portrayed Jennifer in “Last Hours of Suburbia” and Lucy in the short movie “Chocolate Milk”.

Maiara was praised for her performance in the parody movie “The Starving Games”, in which she portrayed the lead character Kantmiss Evershot, and which also starred Brant Daugherty and Cody Christian. It was written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, but gained rather poor reviews as the movie and TV series website IMDb.com has rated it #44 Bottom Rated Movie.

In 2014, she played the lead character Molly Gardner in the short comedy movie “The Armadillo”, written and directed by Joseph Ahern which won him an Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Charleston International Film Festival, while the same year also saw Maiara star as Emily in the drama movie “The Jazz Funeral”, directed and written by Jesse Rosen, which follows a son and father who travel to New Orleans to improve their flirting skills.

She played the main character Emma in the thriller movie “Vanish” in 2015 and in the same year portrayed another lead character, Sophie in the romantic comedy film “Glitch” which also starred Lucas Neff and Blake Silver.

Three of Maiara’s latest roles in movies have been in the horror movie “Summer Camp” in 2015, written and directed by Alberto Marini, the thriller film “Her Boyfriend’s Secret” in 2018 in which she played the lead character Carrie, and the comedy movie “Babysplitters” in 2019, directed and written by Sam Friedlander and which won four awards and was nominated for one other.

Love life and relationships

Maiara is currently single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children. She has dated four men since the launch of her acting career. In 2004, Maiara dated American actor and musician Jason Dolley for less than a year – he is an perhaps best known for his appearances in Disney Channel films and series, such as “Cory in the House” and “Minutemen” among others. In 2007, Maiara began seeing Kyle Massey, who is an American actor and rapper known for his roles in series “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House”.

They dated on and off for three years, and when they split for the first time in 2008, Maiara dated Sean Marquette, an American actor, for several months before getting back together with Kyle. In 2009, they broke up again and Maiara started seeing Corbin Bleu, who is an American actor, model, and singer – they dated for around a year before she broke up with both Jason and Corbin.

Since 2010, Maiara has been keeping the details of her love life hidden from the media’s attention, so she currently appears to be single, at least officially.

Hobbies and other interests

Maiara is keen on travelling and has been all around the US to shoot for her movies and TV series, while she has also been to Europe on several occasions, visiting countries such as England and Russia among others.

She likes to spend her free time in nature surrounded by trees and animals, and often uploads pictures taken during her picnics onto her Instagram account. Her main hobby is singing, and she occasionally performs at clubs with her friends, but hasn’t launched a career as a musician. Maiara likes to play sports such as tennis and volleyball, and she has three to four training sessions at the gym each week, thus her fit body.

She enjoys watching movies in her spare time, and her favorite actor and actress are Matt Damon and Anne Hathaway, while some of her favorite movies are “Catch Me If You Can”, “Titanic” and “One Day”.

Maiara’s net worth and looks

Maiara’s net worth has been estimated at over $1 million as of June 2020. Her hair color is brown while her eyes are blue; she is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall. Maiara’s age is 32.

General Info

Full NameMaiara Walsh
Height1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Philanthropist


SiblingsLydia Walsh


MoviesThe Starving Games, Mean Girls 2, Summer Camp, Vanish, General Education, Empty Sky, The Prankster, The Jazz Funeral, Hopeless, Romantic, Glitch, Wish Gone Amiss, Chocolate Milk, The Armadillo, Revolution
TV ShowsDesperate Housewives, Cory in the House

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1My parents always said that education come first, education's important because you'll always have something to fall back on. I totally agree with this especially in an industry that can throw you away whenever it's done with you.


1Maiara appeared in american record producer/DJ TOKIMONSTA music video for her track "Go with it" (2013),a collaboration with american singer/songwriter MNDR. Via twitter Walsh stated "Go with it was a really 'dope' song''. She also appeared in american DJ Dillon Francis collaboration with Kygo (Norweigan DJ) and singer James Henderson music video for their song "Coming over" (2016).
2Has studied under booking coach Amy Lyndon.
3Unlike her character in Mean Girls 2 (2011), she was bullied in school. Bullies gave her the nickname "My Twigga", a take on her name Maiara (pronounced "MY-Ah-Da"), as she was teased for being small and skinny.
4She pronounces her first name as "MY-Ah-Da" (The R in her name is pronounced as a D. As interviewed on the "Doctor Phil Show" dated March 10, 2011).
5Maiara is also proficient in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese (being half Brazilian via her mother).




Power PlayfilmingDana Pattison
Underwater Upside Downpost-productionOlivia
Switched at Birth2012-2017TV SeriesSimone Sinclair
Notorious2016TV SeriesWillow Ferrera
Hopeless, Romantic2016TV MovieSummer
Chasing the Rain2016Kelley
Summer Camp2015Michelle
The Jazz Funeral2014Emily
The Armadillo2014ShortMolly Gardner
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2014TV SeriesCallie Hannigan
The Starving Games2013Kantmiss
Chocolate Milk2013/IShortLucy
Zombieland2013TV MovieWichita
Last Hours in Suburbia2012Jennifer
General Education2012Katie
Empty Sky2011ShortSamantha McDonnell
Mean Girls 22011TV MovieMandi Weatherly
The Prankster2010Sage Ryan
The Vampire Diaries2010TV SeriesSarah
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2010TV SeriesGirl in Light Blue Pajamas
Desperate Housewives2009-2010TV SeriesAna Solis
Revolution2009TV MovieEmily
Cory in the House2007-2008TV SeriesMeena Paroom
Lullabye Before I Wake2008Megan
Unfabulous2005TV SeriesGirl Cousin


Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World2014-2017TV Series documentaryHerself
Marie2012TV Series documentary
2012 ALMA Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Dr. Phil2011TV SeriesHerself
Undateable2010TV Mini-Series documentary
Breakin' Down 'Cory in the House'2008Video documentary shortHerself
Zapping Zone2007TV SeriesHerself
The Disney Channel Games2007TV Mini-SeriesHerself
New Year Sing-A-Long Bowl-A-Thon!2006TV MovieHerself - Host
Sing-Along Bowl-Athon2006TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Desperate Housewives2010TV SeriesAna Solis
Cory in the House: Newt & Improved Edition2008VideoMeena Paroom
Wish Gone Amiss2007VideoMeena Paroom
Cory in the House: All Star Edition2007VideoMeena Paroom

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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