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Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard.jpg
Blanchard in June 2015
Born (2001-10-14) October 14, 2001 (age 15)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present[1]

Rowan Blanchard (born October 14, 2001[2]) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World that aired from 2014 until 2017.

Life and career

Blanchard was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] to Elizabeth and Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, who are yoga instructors.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Middle East, who was of part Armenian ancestry,[5] and her paternal grandmother's ancestors are from England, Denmark and Sweden.[6] She was named after a character in Anne Rice's The Witching Hour.[7] Rowan has two younger siblings, Carmen and Shane.[8]

Blanchard began acting at the age of five.[8] In 2010, Rowan was 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.[9][10] She is an active member of Disney Channel Circle of Stars.[11] In early January 2015, Blanchard was cast as Cleo in the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister.[12]

In 2016, it was announced that Blanchard was set to costar in a feature film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time; the film was expected to begin production in November.[13]

Personal life

Rowan 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.[14]

In a series of tweets in January 2016, she stated that while she had "only ever liked boys" in the past, she was "open to liking any gender" and therefore she identifies as queer.[15]

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Back-up Plan, TheThe Back-up Plan Mona's 7-year-old kid
2011 Little in Common Raquel Pacheco
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Rebecca Wilson
2018 A Wrinkle in Time[13][16] Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dance-a-Lot Robot Caitlin Main role
2014–2017 Girl Meets World Riley Matthews Lead role
2015 Best Friends Whenever Riley Matthews Special guest star; episode: "Cyd and Shelby's Haunted Escape"
2015 Invisible Sister Cleo Disney Channel Original Movie
2017 The Goldbergs Jackie Guest role; episode: "A Night to Remember"[17]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Actress Ten and Under Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Nominated [18]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Girl Meets World Nominated [19]
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Girl Meets World Nominated [20]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://video.disney.com/watch/disneychannel-this-is-who-i-am-rowan-blanchard-4fb1e5fa55e064f6f1d38d63 | This is who I am: Rowan Blanchard
  2. ^ a b "Rowan Blanchard: "Riley Matthews"". Disney Channel Medianet. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Yoga Los Angeles :: Mark Blanchard Power Yoga Studio City". Markblanchardsyoga.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Debbie Gibson Online Store – EY Workshop". Debbiegibsonmerch.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Instagram post by Rowan Blanchard • Apr 25, 2015 at 6:58am UTC". 
  6. ^ "Interview with a Yogi". Yogalaw. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rowan Blanchard: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Rowan Blanchard's "Who I Am" (Disney Channel)". Disney Video. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Stransky, Tanner (January 28, 2013). "'Boy Meets World' spin-off: Meet Cory and Topanga's daughter -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana (January 28, 2013). "'Boy Meets World' Follow-Up Casts Cory and Topanga's Daughter". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Disney Channel Circle of Stars Sing Songs". M Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2015). "Disney Channel Greenlights Original Movies 'Invisible Sister' Starring Rowan Blanchard & Paris Berelc & 'Further Adventures in Babysitting' Starring Sabrina Carpenter & Sofia Carson". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Gettell, Oliver (November 1, 2016). "A Wrinkle in Time adds Zach Galifianakis, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rowan Blanchard gave the most moving feminist speech for at the UN Women's Conference". Girls' Life. June 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ Weaver, Hilary (January 18, 2016). "Girl Meets World Star Rowan Blanchard Came Out As Queer and Went to Bat for Her Disney Character, Too". New York Magazine's The Cut Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Wrinkle in Time Cast Announced as Filming Begins". ComingSoon.net. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ Swift, Andy (February 6, 2017). "Rowan Blanchard Joins The Goldbergs in First Post-Girl Meets World Role". TVLine. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  18. ^ "33rd Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. January 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ Eliahou, Maya (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. NBC Universal. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards--- Favorite Female TV Star". Nickelodeon. February 4, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 

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