Entertainment Weekly predicted her Oscar win for Monster (2003) eleven months before she won it.
Has appeared nude in the May 1999 issue of Playboy magazine. The photos had been taken years earlier before she had became famous, and she unsuccessfully tried to prevent the magazine from publishing them.
Ranked #3 in Ask men's top 99 "most desirable" women of 2005.
Trained as a ballet dancer at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and performed in both "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". Her dancing career ended after a knee injury.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 29, 2005.