Maiara Walsh (born February 18, 1988) is an American actress and singer best known for playing Ana Solis on the sixth season of the hit ABC show, Desperate Housewives and as Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House. As of 2012, she portrays Simone in Switched at Birth. Walsh was born in Seattle, Washington to a Brazilian mother and American father of Irish, German, and Swedish descent. She speaks fluent Portuguese and she is proficient in Spanish. Walsh and her family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when she was two years old. At 11 she moved to Simi Valley, California to pursue her acting career. Walsh is a human rights activist, and spends much of her time volunteering and putting together community projects.
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