- Started singing at age 3 and began voice lessons when she was 8.
- In high school she performed in Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Kiss Me, Kate.
- Best known for her debut film role starring as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie remake of Hairspray.
- She was informed that she had landed the role while working at her job at Cold Stone Creamery. Her reaction to the news was recorded and broadcast on Entertainment Tonight.
- Received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Hair Spray.
- She has also starred in Valemont on MTV, Queen Sized on Lifetime and guest-starred on Ugly Betty.
- Authored and published a poem in honor of Jonathan Lee Ielpi, a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11.
- Was arrested along with her father for assault over a conflict about airline seats with Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model.
- 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
- 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Young Actress: Winner
- 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Carl Blonsky — Father
- Joey Blonsky — Brother
- Karen Smeja Blonsky — Mother
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