- Ran away from home at age 15 after both of her parents died.
- Had a recurring role as Rep. Andrea Wyatt on The West Wing.
- Performed her Oscar-nominated song "In the Deep," from the film Crash, at the 2006 Academy Awards.
- Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives, was so impressed with her performance at the Oscars he created a role for her on his show.
- 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee