In order to make her portrayal of Hope, a blind woman, on The Young & the Restless more believable, Signy took classes at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.
Signy is a fitness nut who "discovered" Jane Fonda's fitness books and videos when she was pregnant with her first child. After giving birth, she used the things she learned from Fonda to get back into shape.
While attending UC Berkeley in California, Signy was approached by an agent who suggested that she become a model. One month later she had signed a deal and was traveling to Paris on her first modeling job.
Signy recalls that after she appeared in two episodes of The X-Files she received even more fan mail than she did when she starred on The Young & the Restless and Guiding Light combined. Although she admits that most of her X-Files related fan mail was from conspiracy theorists.
Signy was named "Star of the Week" by Soap Opera Magazine in their December 1, 1998 issue.
As a cast member of The Young & the Restless, Signy was featured in the books The Young & the Restless: Most Memorable Moments, Cooking with the Young and the Restless, and The Young & the Restless: Special Silver Anniversary Collectors Edition.
Signy won a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actress" for her portrayal of "Hope Adams" on The Young & the Restless in 1995.
In 1989, Signy married actor Vincent Irizarry and together they have one daughter, Siena Sophia, born in 1990. The couple divorced in 1992. Then, in 1999, she married Thomas Nolan. The couple has one daughter, Isabella Grace, born in 2000. They divorced in 2004.
Signy's theater credits include:
- The Taming of the Shrew
Signy, who began studying ballet when she was 5 years old, received a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School when she was just 13 years of age.
Signy is the youngest of four children. She has two sisters, Bethany and Tiffany, and one brother, Jeffrey.
In 1994 Signy was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" for her work on The Young & the Restless. The award eventually went to Susan Haskell of One Life to Live.
Signy has appeared in two music videos for the group Huey Lewis and the News; "Heart and Soul" and "I Want a New Drug."
Signy: When I went to audition for Celeste on Santa Barbara, who was a prostitute on the verge of becoming homeless, I didn't wash my hair for four days. The guard wouldn't let me in - he didn't believe I was there for an audition. When they brought me back for the final callback for NBC, they said, 'By the way, we're thinking you might want to take a shower and put on a little bit of makeup.'
Signy: (on her character, Suzanne Modeski, from The X-Files) My understanding was that they had written this part for some pretty big actress, I'm thinking Winona Ryder, who at the last minute was not able to play the character - something else came up. It's such a great show, and I was such a fan of the show. I felt so lucky.
Signy: I'm much more interested in playing a character role than a leading lady. I'd rather challenge myself than stand there and just look good.
Signy: I would say that my greatest obsession, if you can call it that, is I'm really meticulous about house cleaning. My house has to be immaculate!
Signy: Perfect happiness, to me, is a really healthy home environment for my loved ones and myself - particularly for my daughter, Siena.