- Is of Italian, Irish, German and Cherokee descent.
- After winning a modeling contest at age 15, went to New York City with $300 and within two weeks had gotten a contract as a spokeswoman for Noxzema.
- Studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.
- Won a Back Stage West Garland Award in 2001 for her performance in the play The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
- Was originally cast as Inara in the 2002 cult TV series Firefly, but was replaced with Morena Baccarin before the show aired.
- Floneva Gayheart — Mother
- Wayne — Brother
- Brett Ratner — Ex-fiancé
- Curtis Gayheart — Father
- Eric Dane — Husband (separated)
- Billie Beatrice Dane — Daughter
- Georgia Geraldine Dane — Daughter
- Elizabeth — Sister
- Rachel — Sister
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