She won Oscar Awards for her roles in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby. She also had roles in The Black Dahila and P.S. I Love You.
She is an Oscar-winning actress who portrayed a transgender male in Boys Don't Cry, and dropped out of high school to pursue acting.
She starred in the crime/thriller Insomnia with Al Pacino.
She competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state swimming championships.
She married Chad Lowe in 1997, and the couple divorced in 2007.