Rowan Eleanor Blanchard (born October 14, 2001) is an American actress. She is best known as Riley Matthews, the protagonist of Girl Meets World. She is friends with Mason Cook, Peyton Meyer, Corey Fogelmanis, Sabrina Carpenter and G Hannelius.
Friendship with Sabrina
Blanchard co-starred with Sabrina Carpenter in the TV show Girl Meets World and sang its theme song, "Take On the World". She is friends with Carpenter both on and off-screen. The two first met in 2013 when filming season 1.
Blanchard was born in Los Angeles, California to Elizabeth and Mark Blanchard-Boulbol, who are yoga instructors. Her paternal grandfather, an immigrant from the Middle East, had Lebanese, Moroccan, Armenian, and Syrian ancestry, while her paternal grandmother is of Swedish, Danish, and English descent. Rowan has two younger siblings, Carmen and Shane. She is close friends with actress and singer, Sabrina Carpenter.
Blanchard was in Little in Common as Raquel Pacheco, The Back-up Plan as Mona's 7-year-old kid, and Dance-a-Lot Robot as Caitlin. She starred as Rebecca Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and starred as Cleo in the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister.
In late January 2013, Blanchard was cast as Riley Matthews in Girl Meets World. The titular character is the daughter of Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World.
In 2018, she played Veronica Kiley in the movie A Wrinkle in Time.
She uses multiple forms of social media to be a vocal activist on issues such as civil rights, war, and climate change.
Blanchard is represented by Commercial Talent and Untitled Entertainment.
- She had admitted that her own father taught her P.E. classes, so she understands the teacher-parent/student-child dynamic of Cory and Riley.
- Her height is 5'5" (165 cm).
- Her fans are called "Rowboats."
- Sabrina Carpenter's song "Seamless" is about her friendship with Blanchard.