Cathy's son was cast as Connie Resiler's son, Brian, in seasons one and two of The Shield.
Cathy can often be seen wearing a blue wrist band is episodes of The Shield. It represents "The Blue Band of Hope" and serves to help raise autism awareness.
In 2004 Cathy was presented with the CAN (Cure Autism Now) Media Award for helping to raise autism awareness.
Cathy is married to Shawn Ryan, writer and creator of The Shield.
Cathy was three months pregnant when she began filming on the first season of The Shield.