Modeled briefly while attending college
Won Miss Illinois beauty pageant and competed for the title of Miss America in 1990 (placed third runner-up)
Moved to Los Angeles and pursued acting full-time
First film role was a small part in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (role was cut from final print)
Made her acting debut in "Who's the Boss?" (ABC)
Made TV-movie debut in "Nightmare in Columbia County" (CBS)
Acted in NBC movie "In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco"
Made radical departure when she guest-starred in two episodes of "Melrose Place" (Fox) as a lesbian actress who endured a staged marriage to a gay bridegroom
Landed a regular role as the extraterrestrial investigator Juliet Stuart on NBC's "Dark Skies"
Joined cast of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN) as Seven of Nine, a young female Borg
Had cameo role as herself (being interviewed by Larry King) in "Disney's The Kid"
Acted in "Wes Craven's Dracula 2000"
Joined the cast of "Boston Public" (Fox) as Veronica Cooke, a frustrated lawyer who quits the bar to become a high-school teacher
First film lead, playing the last woman left on Earth in the indie comedy "The Last Man"
Featured in the romantic comedy "Down with Love" starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor
Joined the cast of "The O.C." (Fox) as a recovering alcoholic who befriends Kirsten
Guest-starred as Courtney Reece on David E. Kelley's "Boston Legal" (ABC)
Co-starred in the CBS legal drama "Shark" as Los Angeles County District Attorney Jessica Devlin
Had a recurring role on the TNT drama "Leverage" as a con woman