She played Chelsea Daniels, Raven's best friend, on Disney's That's So Raven; she later reprised her role in the sequel titled Raven's Home. She has also had a career on Broadway, including Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
She began acting in the third grade, and by high school was appearing in professional productions.
Despite a notable appearance in the comedy Vampires Suck, her main roles after her years on the Disney Channel took place on stage.
She was born in Naaldwijk, Netherlands, to Dutch-Amercan parents. She grew up with an older sister.
She played Evita Peron in a local production of Evita and was the youngest person ever to play the role at aged 18.