Noelle's husband, Eric, owns the famous Coffee Shop in Union Square. The eatery has been the workplace of many up-in-coming actors and singers, including Maxwell and Jennifer Esposito.
When Noelle moved to New York City, at the age of 17, to play "Trisha" on Loving, she lived with co-star Susan Walters. Noelle says Walters was "a great influence on her," calling her "an older sister."
Noelle was discovered when she was only a junior in high school. An agent came to her school to cast a role in a Sissy Spacek film, and although Noelle didn't fit the part, the agent invited her to audition for him in the future.
Noelle and her family own two Labradoodles named Roxy and Ripley.
Aside from being an actress, Noelle is a partner in the t-shirt company, Dear NYC, LLC.
In her spare time, Noelle enjoys cooking and traveling.
Noelle calls herself a "crazy soccer mom," and jokes that her children might have wanted her to take the role of "Lily Snyder" on As the World Turns in order to keep her "off the field."
Noelle has appeared in television commercials for Oil of Olay, Clairol Hydrience, Arrid Extra Dry, and Finesse.
Noelle's all-time favorite Loving storyline was Trisha and Jeff's wedding in Rome, which was shot on location. She also loved the clothes which the show's costume designer, Bob Anton, made for her to wear during that storyline.
Noelle got her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland.
Noelle was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, in the category of "Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series," for her role on Loving. The award eventually went to Kimberly McCullough of General Hospital.
Noelle married Eric Petterson on August 5, 1990. They have three children; Forrest, Spencer, and Brock.
Noelle: (on her first day on the ATWT set) It was a lot of work. They had me do twenty-two scenes in one day; forty-four pages of dialogue. It was a lot of work and I really learned my lines and was so prepared. Jon [Hensley; Holden] was fantastic and he loves to run lines. We just automatically hit it off and had fun together. Everyone was super welcoming and made my transition feel great.
Noelle: (on why she returned to daytime) Daytime allows me to be the mother I want to be and be able to go to school functions, go to my children's sport games, maybe take them to school, cook dinner.
Noelle: (on taking over the role of Lily on "ATWT") I thought if I went back to Daytime it would be as a character that was loved by the audience, had a lot of history, had a core family. Lily felt really right to me and after speaking with Executive Producer, Chris Goutman and getting his take on the show and the character, it just clicked.
Noelle: (on replacing Martha Byrne on As the World Turns) When I was on Loving, I thought that no one could replace [me as] Trisha. I just thought, 'You know what? I have really put my stamp on this role. And then, when the table were turned, I thought, 'Wow, this has got to be a really difficult thing.'
Noelle: (on pregnancy) I really enjoyed being pregnant the first time. It was a great time in my life. It's a miracle to be pregnant and such an amazing thing to have happen to you. Although there are some physical problems that go along with being pregnant, I felt very comfortable with myself.
Noelle: (on her fondest memory of Christmas) Christmas 1984! I had just gotten the part of Trisha [on Loving] and my first episode aired Christmas Eve day. I was with my family and we all watched together.