Monday, August 15, 2016
Teen Star: Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard (born October 14, 2001) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Riley Matthews on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World.
Blanchard was born in Los Angeles, California, to Elizabeth and Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, who are yoga instructors. Her paternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Middle East and her paternal grandmother's ancestors are from England, Denmark and Sweden. She also has Armenian ancestry. She was named after a character in Anne Rice's The Witching Hour. Rowan has two younger siblings, Carmen and Shane.
Rowan Blanchard is an outspoken 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 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.
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