Graduated in 2007 from the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.
Is of Irish and German descent.
Had 10 years' experience in theater before getting her role in True Blood (2008).
Is a natural blonde. She started to dye it red during her freshman year of high school when she was 14. She decided to change her hair color from blonde to red in order to no longer disappear into the background as she felt she did with her natural hair color. She was also a fan of Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn.
Father is an architect and mother is a teacher.
Completed an intensive Shakespeare program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Attended Carnegie Mellon University's pre-college intensive program in theater.
Has suffered from Celiac disease since she was an infant; a rare hereditary disease that makes her body intolerant of consuming gluten.
Born on the same date as Tina Majorino.