She starred in her first film, Jacob's Ladder, with a fellow classmate. She spent her early years living in Cuba, before her family moved to New York.
She was one of the founders of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. She made an appearance in the film Rush Hour, as Detective Tania Johnson. She also appeared on popular television shows such as T.J. Hooker, NCIS, and Without a Trace.
She had two children with her husband, Hans Rolla. Her father Mario Pena was a prominent Latin American actor, writer and director.
She was a guest voice actor on the animated show American Dad with Seth Macfarlane as Stan Smith.