She hit the spotlight in The Devil's Advocate, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a disturbed murderer in the 2003 film Monster. Her other film credits include The Cider House Rules, Snow White and the Huntsman, Young Adult and Mad Max: Fury Road.
She won a modeling contract when she was 16, and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School until she suffered a knee injury.
She played a recurring character named Rita in season three of the FOX comedy series Arrested Development.
She adopted a son named Jackson in March of 2012 and a daughter named August in July of 2015. In 2014 she began dating actor Sean Penn. The couple split in 2015.
She starred in Monster with Christina Ricci.