She was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in May 2007. She placed No.27 in Premiere.com's "40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women (Right Now)" list in 2009.
She has been nominated for five Black Reel Awards.
She is a spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris.
In preparation for her role as a shoplifter in the 2001 movie Lift, she stole an apple from a New York deli. Following production of the movie, she returned to the deli and paid for it.
She has plans to form a production company with her fiancée David Moscow.
She was photographed on the cover of Vanity Fair's 2005 Hollywood issue alongside stars including Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson and Rosario Dawson.
In 2007, she was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Screen Couple" along with Shawn Wayans for the comedy Little Man.
She appeared in the critically-hated Wayans Brothers comedy Little Man. Kerry only did the movie as it was light entertainment, whilst the last film she had made, The Last King of Scotland, was so dramatic and violent.
She has worked with Chris Rock twice, in the movies Bad Company and I Think I Love My Wife.
She owns a pet shih-tzu dog called Josephine.
When she first started out in the business, she worked as a substitute teacher to pay the bills.
She tries to go back and forth from small independent films to big-budget studio movies as much as she can.
She says that she had the most fun on a movie set whilst filming the comedy Little Man.
Her role on Boston Legal was written for her personally by David E. Kelley.
She was offered a regular role on the series Boston Legal as Chelina Hall, but departed the show after its first season, due to her growing movie career.
Kerry made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm Magical Make-Over (1994).
In 2002, she won a Urbanworld Film Festival MECCA Movie Award in the Future of Film category.
In 2001, She won the Teen Choice Award for Film: Choice Breakout Performance for Save the Last Dance.
In 2005, Kerry won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for Ray.
Kerry measures 1.64 m.
As of October 2004 she is engaged to actor David Moscow.
Graduated from The George Washington University's theater program in 1998.
Her father is a real estate broker and her mother is a college professor.
Kerry: (On filming The Last King of Scotland in Uganda) For an African-American there's a mythical duty to feel you've arrived in the Motherland. I was petrified I wouldn't feel that, which would make me a bad black person. But this role made me engage with Africa on an intimate level.
Kerry: I don't see myself directing for another 15-20 years, just because there's so much that I want to do as an actor and as a producer in so many different mediums.
Kerry: I love writing, you know? About a year ago I got really exhausted from reading bad scripts and I know that I am a writer and that I have stories to tell, so I thought, "Let's do this!" So I'm co-writing a screenplay now with another screenwriter and loving it. Absolutely loving it.
Kerry: I don't really see myself not being able to act. Even if people don't think I am sexy enough for film at 40, I'll still be acting.
Kerry: I come from the theater and I plan to always do theater.