Her family moved from Peru to Sydney, Australia when she was 13. She was the lead character in a television pilot called Mermaid that did not get picked up for production.
She began starring in a Lifetime original series called UnREAL in 2015.
She was born to a Peruvian mother and Argentine father. In 2016, she briefly dated her Vampire Diaries co-star Zach Roerig. In 2018, she became engaged to Jordan Burrows.
She caught the eye of show producer Aaron Spelling who helped to forward her career.