- Was an unbilled extra in 1990's The Freshman.
- Studied Russian literature in college.
- First starring film role was 1993's Love and Human Remains, directed by Denys Arcand.
- Appeared in Marilyn Manson's 2001 music video for "Tainted Love" as her Not Another Teen Movie character Catherine Wyler.
- Portrayed the quirky Jenny Schecter on all six seasons of The L Word.
- Took on the title role of Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006) based on James Ellroy's true crime novel about the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short.
- Coauthored the book I Live Here in 2008, which depicts the hardships of women and children in four different parts of the world.
- 1994, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Lauren Kirshner — Sister
- Sheldon Kirshner — Father
- Etti Kirshner — Mother
- Attended McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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