She had a very prominent modeling career before getting into acting.
She starred in the Resident Evil films, and VH1 has called her "the reigning queen of kick-butt."
She began dating Paul W. S. Anderson and the couple welcomed their daughter, Ever, in 2007. The couple married in 2009. They welcomed a second daughter, Dashiel Edan, in 2015. Their third daughter, Osian Lark Elliot, was born in 2020. She was previously married to actor Shawn Andrews in 1992 and director Luc Besson from 1997 to 1999.
She had a good advertisement career with big labels such as Donna Karan.