She was raised as a Roman Catholic. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was a struggling stand-up comedian, trying to win over crowds with her stories of the modeling business. In , she played Lena on Ugly Betty. In , she starred in Witless Protection and featured in a guest appearance in the House season-four episode " House's Head " and in the Pushing Daisies season-two episode "The Norwegians".