She was immortalized as TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she won five Teen Choice Awards, and also starred in Cruel Intentions.
She was scouted by an agent at age four, which led to her appearance in commercials and television films.
She won an Emmy Award in 1995 for her role as Kendall Hart on the soap opera All My Children.
She married Freddie Prinze Jr. in 2002, and the couple had a daughter named Charlotte and a son named Rocky James.
She and Alyson Hannigan both starred on Buff the Vampire Slayer.