Maggie Grace was born on September 21, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio, to Valinn (Everett) and Rick Denig, who ran a jewelry business. She has English, German, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Grace got her start in films in 2002 with Murder in Greenwich (2002) and Shop Club (2002). In 2003, at the age of 20, she played a creepy, Goth-influenced estranged daughter of Wendy Crewson and Tom Selleck in the drama Twelve Mile Road (2003), but her big break didnt come until one year later, playing the beautiful Shannon Rutherford on the hit ABC island-survival drama Lost (2004). She also stars with Smallville (2001) cover boy Tom Welling in the horror film The Fog (2005).