Emily wanted to be a ballerina since very young age and convinced her parents to move to Montreal to pursue her dream at the age of 11 (1997).
A year later, in 1998, Emily vistied her older sister Katie on the set of Ladies Room (which was shooted in Montreal). She watched the actors filming scenes and wanted to be an actress, too.
Since then she took acting classes during the weekend and her parents helped her to find an agent. In the same year she had her first roles in commercials and got the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Jackie O: A Life Story, a TV mini- series, a year later (1999). In 1999 she also did the TV mini-series Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Silver Sight, where she played Peggy Gregory .
In the following years she did a few minor roles in different TV productions, such as Radio Active, Lost and Delirious and Dice.
Emily had her break with a TV series called Glory Days in 2001 , where she played Sam Dolan as one of the main characters. Sadly the show got cancelled after only 9 episodes, but this role helped her to get to play the character of Amy Abbott in a new TV series called Everwood . She played this character for 4 season, 2002 till 2006, until the series ended. In between doing Everwood she made appearances in A Different Loyalty , No Good Deed and Ring 2.
With the end of Everwood new roles came along the way, some as Kathleen McKay in Black Irish, a movie by Brad Gann, a guest appearance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and a role of one of the main characters in Brothers & Sisters, a new TV series, where she played Rebecca Harper in 3 seasons (2007 till 2010).
In 2009 Emily got one of the leading roles in a movie called Carriers, opposite Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci and Christopher Meloni.
A year later, she had her next leading role in a movie called Norman .
In the end of 2010, she filmed a movie called Beyond the Blackboard, where she acted next to Treat Williams, who played the leading role in Everwood, once again.
Currently she’s the leading part of the ABC TV series Revenge , which already is on season 3, she also just finsihed filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a movie which premieres in 2014 and Emily is currently filmining another movie called The Girl in the Book (premiering also in 2014).