Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish.
Though she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by a local producer while shopping at a grocery store and was cast in the movie.
Carrere won ShoWest Convention Award in 1994, Grammy Award in 2008 and 2007 and 7 other nominations.
She longed to be a singer as a child.
She has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including , , and.