She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Up in the Air and later starred in the action film Source Code. Her other notable films include The Departed and 15 Minutes. She has also earned praise for her portrayal of Norma Bates in the A&E series Bates Motel.
In 1998 she was in the movie Return to Paradise, which featured several stars including Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix.
She was the love interest of George Clooney in the award-winning film, Up in the Air.
Ukrainian was the first language she learned, and she danced with a Ukrainian folk-dancing group.
She married actor Sebastian Roche but the couple divorced in 2004. She then married Renn Hawkey in 2008 and the couple had a son named Flynn and a daughter named Gytta.