She graduated with a degree in journalism and dance, then took a job as a weather girl at a local television station.
She had guest roles on many sitcoms, including playing Joey's love interest on Friends.
She and her older brother were both adopted. In 2008, she began dating Paul Bryan, and they welcomed a daughter in 2010.
Her good friend and future CSI co-star Jorja Fox first encouraged her to try out for a part on the show.