Cole was born in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. Cole attended Mirabeau B. Lamar High School where she traveled with the Junior Olympics volleyball squad. It was also in high school she got her start as a model. Cole later moved to New York to further her modeling career. She has appeared in commercials and advertisements for Crest toothpaste, Old Spice, and Dooney & Bourke handbags.
Though Cole has mainly focused on acting, she is still signed to Los Angeles agency Nous Models Management. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
After visiting her mother, Deborah Quinn, and stepfather, actor Shawn Christian (parents of her half-brother Kameron Christian), Cole landed an audition for the now-defunct WB show Summerland. She won the role of Erika Spalding in 2004, relocating to Los Angeles to film the series.
Cole appeared in Ryan Cabrera's True music video and Papa Roach's video for "Scars". She guest-starred in The WB show Supernatural episode titled "Provenance", where she played Sarah Blake, an art dealer. She reprised her role in Season 8's episode "Clip Show". She has played guest roles in the CBS' show NUMB3RS. Cole has appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Bianca. Taylor stars as Desiree in the horror remake, April Fool's Day. Cole had a part in the film 12 Rounds, produced by WWE films and starring John Cena.
In December 2008, Cole appeared as Private Rachel Mills in the Heroes webisode series, The Recruit, and subsequently joined the main series in a recurring capacity playing the same character as at the start of 2009. She stars alongside Tiffany Shepis in The Violent Kind.
She played the role of "Hot Neighbor" in the short-lived TV show Secret Girlfriend in 2009.
In April 2010, she guest starred in the NCIS episode "Guilty Pleasure" as DC escort Charlotte Cook.
From September 2010 to May 2011, she starred in The Event as Vicky Roberts, an assassin for a covert organization.
In October 2011, she starred in the music video for The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne.
In November 2011, she was cast in CSI: Miami in the recurring role of Samantha Owens, a lab technician.