Born in Michigan but moved with her family to Tennessee in 1998, and went to high school in suburban Nashville.
Caught the acting bug at age 12 in a junior version of the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty play Once on This Island.
Mother, Jackie, was a 1983 Miss Oklahoma contestant and is a songwriter in Nashville, and her song "Dang" was a finalist in a 2007 competition sponsored by Country Music Television and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Was headed to art school after high school, but decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting instead, and within a year landed roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and ABC's The Gates.
In August 2015, was cast as a series regular on NBC's Chicago Med, a spin-off of Chicago Fire.