Meighan is represented professionally by the firm Auckland Actors.
After her last appearance on Shortland Street, Meighan moved to Los Angeles for a short time.
While Meighan was a cast member of the New Zealand soap Shortland Street she, along with co-star Katrina Devine, released a single entitled "I Love You Timothy." The song was recorded as part of their character's storyline.
When Meighan's recurring role on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street ended in 1996 she was very worried that she would never work [in the television industry] ever again. Six months later she landed her career making role in the televison movie Young Hercules.
Meighan is very skilled at accents, having used both a Brooklyn accent and a standard American accent on Xena: Warrior Princess. She also speaks Japanese.
After her character "Discord" was killed on Xena: Warrior Princess Meighan took a job working as Ted Raimi's on-set personal assistant. At the time, Raimi's character "Joxer" was turned into an old man and his heavy makeup and thick prosthetics made it harder for him to locate his marks. He says of working with her, "I asked Meighan because she's so responsible and works so hard that I didn't know anyone else who would be as good as her. But I didn't know if she'd do it, because she's an actor first and foremost, she's not anybody's assistant. So I got very lucky and she was very kind to do it. Plus she's always nice to hang out with because she's always got a lot to talk about. She's a clever girl."
Meighan's hobbies include rollerblading, horseback riding, listening to music and, watching movies. She also loves to travel, and by age 19 she had already made several trips to Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Mexico.
When she was 16 years old, Meighan decided that she wanted to become an actress. A short time later she moved to Auckland, from the New Zealand farming town where she grew up, and enrolled in a school with a drama department. Before the end of her semester she landed her first professional acting gig.
Meighan originally auditioned for the part of "Yvenna" in the pilot episode of Young Hercules, but lost the role to actress Johna Stewart-Bowden. However, the director T.J. Scott enjoyed Desmond's audition so much that he created the role of "Discord" just for her.
On December 27, 2004, Meighan got engaged to her boyfriend Michael Walker.
Meighan is 5'4" with brown hair and brown eyes. For her most famous role, as Discord, she sported a very large black wig.
Meighan says that of all the Young Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episodes she appeared in, her favorites were "Married with Fishsticks" and "Two Men and a Baby".
Meighan worked as a Special Effects Runner on the 2005 movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She also worked on it's sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, as a Location Coordinator. She has also worked in the art department for the hit New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune.
Meighan has three siblings. Two sisters and one brother.
Meighan: I have always thought that I'm a city girl born into a country girl's position. And my first sixteen years were spent furiously plotting how I was going to get out of Kytire, go to a city, and become an actress.
Meighan: (on playing "Discord" on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) This has been one of the most-over-the-top shows and roles. You know, it's no holds barred on anything, and everything goes. And the more outrageous it is... why, the better it seems to work!
Meighan: I've never had any formal training, but I like to think that I make a good study of people, what motivates us as individuals, and the emotions that lie beneath our outward actions. I've been lucky enough to meet some really different people on my travels. I believe that the more I live my life and experience things, the better I'll be as an actor.
Meighan: (on her character Discord's death on Xena) It was great fun to film. It's not every day you get to have your head cut off by Xena!
Meighan: (on the Hercules episode "I Had a Hammer...") Doing an episode with Cory Everson, Miss Olympia, I wanted all of a sudden to get a year's membership at the gym. Here I'm a goddess [Discord], and I'm puny next to that woman! Thank God I have magical powers!