She was included in TIME's 2012 list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
She had two younger brothers and two younger sisters. Her mother worked as a vegan chef. She was once in a relationship with Ned Benson, but the couple split in 2010. She married Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2017.
She starred in the acclaimed film The Help, which co-starred Emma Stone.