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. 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.