- Is of partial Filipino ancestry on her mother's side.
- Expressed interest in pursuing acting at age 8 and began her career with roles in commercials and short films.
- Made her prime-time television debut in a 2007 episode of the sitcom Back to You.
- Was cast by the Coen brothers at age 13 to play Mattie Ross in their stirring 2010 remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit. She beat out approximately 15,000 girls for the role.
- Named Best Young Actress at the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.