Rowan Blanchard (born October 14, 2001) is an American actress, who was included on a list of Time's list of Most Influential Teens in 2015. She first became known for starring as Rebecca Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011), and had her breakthrough portraying Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World (2014–2017), both of which earned her Young Artist Award nominations. She has since had roles as Jackie Geary on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs (2017–2018), and Alexandra Cavill in the TNT series Snowpiercer (2020–present).
Blanchard was born in Los Angeles, California, to Elizabeth and Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, who are yoga instructors. Her paternal grandfather was of Armenian, Syrian, Lebanese, and Moroccan ancestry, and her paternal grandmother's ancestors are from England, Denmark, and Sweden. Her paternal great grandparents had met in Aleppo, present-day Syria. She was named after a character in Anne Rice's The Witching Hour. Rowan has two younger siblings, Carmen and Shane.
Blanchard began acting in 2006 at the age of five, first being cast as Mona's daughter in The Back-up Plan and was in the main cast of the Disney Junior Original Series Dance-a-Lot Robot as Caitlin. In 2011, she was cast as Rebecca Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and as Raquel Pacheco in Little in Common.
In late January 2013, Blanchard was cast as Riley Matthews in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She also sings the title song, along with co-star Sabrina Carpenter. The titular character is the daughter of Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World. She was an active member of Disney Channel Circle of Stars. In early January 2015, Blanchard was cast as Cleo in the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister.From 2017 to 2018, Blanchard had a recurring role on the ABC series The Goldbergs. In September 2017, Blanchard announced that she would be releasing a book, titled Still Here, which was published in February 2018. Blanchard also co-starred in the feature film adaptation A Wrinkle in Time, which was released in March 2018.
On March 27, 2019, it was reported by Deadline that Blanchard was cast as Alexandra Cavill in TNT's Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs based on the 2013 South Korean-Czech film of the same name by Bong Joon-ho, from Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T. Blanchard will be a guest star with an option to become a series regular in the series' second season.
In 2014, Blanchard had revealed on Instagram that she had been struggling with depression. She wrote: "As I found myself, this year in particular, going through ups and downs with depression, I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings (human feelings), I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary."
Blanchard is a public activist in areas such as feminism, human rights, and gun violence. While most of her comments regarding these issues are posted via Twitter or Tumblr, she has spoken at the UN Women and US National Committee's annual conference as part of #TeamHeForShe, a feminist campaign.
In April 2018, Blanchard criticized Israel and its military on her social media and shared her own post with a photo of Palestinian activist girl Ahed Tamimi holding the Palestinian flag, and Blanchard wrote that the unjust genocide in Palestine should stop and they should let the citizens of the Gaza Strip return safely back to their homes in their rightful, stolen land. In May 2018, Blanchard criticized the State of Israel once again in her social media and shared another photo of Tamimi, where Blanchard quoted that "Gaza qualifies under every definition of genocide yet massacred protestors must always be identified as 'peaceful'."
|2010||The Back-up Plan||Mona's 7-year-old kid|
|2011||Little in Common||Raquel Pacheco|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Rebecca Wilson|
|2016||The Realest Real||Paige||Short film|
|2018||A Wrinkle in Time||Veronica Kiley|
|2019||A World Away||Jessica|
|2010||Dance-a-Lot Robot||Caitlin||Main role|
|2014–2017||Girl Meets World||Riley Matthews||Lead role|
|2015||Best Friends Whenever||Riley Matthews||Episode: "Cyd and Shelby's Haunted Escape"|
|2015||Invisible Sister||Cleo||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2016||Beat Bobby Flay||Guest judge||Episode: “Back to School”|
|2017–2018||The Goldbergs||Jackie Geary||Recurring role (seasons 4–5), 12 episodes|
|2018||Neo Yokio||Bergdorf Chan / Salesclerk 3 / Teenage Girl||Episode: "Pink Christmas"|
|2018–2019||Splitting Up Together||China||Episodes: "Messy", "China-Curious"|
|2020–present||Snowpiercer||Alexandra Cavill||Guest role (season 1); main role (season 2)|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Actress Ten and Under||Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Nominated|||
|2015||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|2017||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Female TV Star||Girl Meets World||Nominated|||
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Changemaker||Herself||Nominated|||
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