Attended the Spence School in Manhattan, an elite private girls' school that was also attended by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kerry Washington.
Had never seen the stage version of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) prior to filming the screen version.
Made her stage debut at seven years of age (she sang "Happy Birthday" for her audition) at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She made $5 a night singing with the children's choir. According to her, "There were horses onstage that were getting $150".
In preparation for her role in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), she attended a séance at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britian, where a medium talked to her about her late grandmother.
Won Best Young Actress in 2004 Critic's Choice Awards
She obtained her high school diploma online via a Stanford University program.
Her favorite actors are Sean Penn (her Mystic River (2003) co-star) and Miranda Richardson (her The Phantom of the Opera (2004) co-star).
Hobbies include reading, horseback riding, and ballet.
Is Dutch and Scot-Irish.
Cousin is Cecilia Becker, daughter of world-famous designer Vera Wang.
Her favorite opera is "Carmen".
Has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body can't tolerant any foods containing gluten and wheat.
Is a vegetarian.
Took cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in London.
Her favorite designer is Ralph Lauren.
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