She is a trained actress, singer and dancer.
She is a very accomplished swimmer.
She was "Punk'd" when the show's interviewer Ryan Pinkston questioned her at a red-carpet event for "wearing sunglasses at night." She was later allowed to help the show (and specifically Wilmer Vilderama) "Punk" Seth Green.
As a kid, Erika was involved with the theater groups Serendipity Theatre Company and Pasadena Dance Theatre.
Erika has Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Welsh, and Irish ancestry.
Her height is 5' 5" (1.65 m).
Erika: (about her role in the movie "Traffic") I'm a goody two-shoes who's never taken anything stronger than Tylenol... So I played her like a bored girl blessed with everything except parents actually involved in her life.
Erika: I'm more proud of my upper body. Let's just say I'm a typical female in that way.
Erika: I tend to choose roles in films that say something that I can get behind, something that I agree with, something that I can relate to [and] something that I think is good to say. Because if you're putting it out there, it's got to be something worth it.
Erika: (on being home-schooled) I think it was right for my life, making a movie is a little bit like high school. Because everybody lives together and you see each other every day and word travels fast around there.
Erika: At about twelve I just knew, something clicked, and I knew I wanted to be an actor and my parents, to their credit, granted this 12 year old girl a chance to give it a try.
Erika: (in a 2006 interview) I take things on a day to day basis when it gets really hectic. But I do think long term and I'm looking forward to the next couple of years when I do start producing my own films with my production company and playing some characters that are older and that's really exciting to me.
Erika: (on working in "Traffic") Here I was able to work with a cast, director and story that I could really put myself behind, and drug rehabilitation, education and prevention is something that I really feel passionately about now. But, after Traffic, I was offered a lot of these roles, and I was just like a kid in a candy store, so I got to snap some of these up.
Erika: I don't know if my agent will be upset but I quoted him saying that he would jump out a window if I turn down another project.
Erika: (comparing her character in "The Upside of Anger" to herself) We're alike in that I am ambitious, I don't want to do things, and I've been attracted to older men. I think I have a much better relationship with my mother.
Erika: (about "Flightplan") I love it. It's a great ride. Even knowing what was going to happen, I was caught up in it.
Erika: To be entirely honest, I am an extremely confident person, and I don't think I would have gotten into this business if I felt that I wasn't going to succeed and I intend to be in this business, for the rest of my life.