She was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen at age 17.
An avid activist, she became a spokeswoman for Dosomething.org.
She married her OTH co-star Chad Michael Murray in April of 2005 and the couple separated in September of 2005. She briefly dated Chicago P.D. co-star Jesse Lee Soffer in 2015. She also dated former Google executive Dan Fredinburg. In 2021, she got engaged to entrepreneur Grant Hughes.