Her father, William, was a general practitioner. Her mother, Barbara, was a volunteer.
They divorced when Emily was 2.
She studied journalism and dance at East Carolina University. Upon graduation she worked as the weather girl at the Greenville CBS affiliate. She then moved to LA, where her father paid for 2 years of acting
Does regular volunteer work at All Saints' Episcopal Church soup kitchen in Beverly Hills.
Majored in journalism at University
Member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at ECU
Is a model for Cariol.
She collects bugs as a hobby.
Although she plays a character with a very serious personality on "CSI: Miami" (2002), says that she is a very "silly, goofy" person in real life.
Fronts her own 80s cover band called, "White Lighten."
Loves construction, might have been an interior decorator.
Has a brother named Whit.
"It's not a bad idea to be single, so I can concentrate on my job."