Soon, her acting experience paved her way towards becoming a soap opera actress.
In 1992, she made her debut in the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
She played the role of Brenda Barrett.
Vanessa had her first son from her brief relationship with co-star Brian Austin Green from Beverly Hills, 90210.
She received one Emmy Award and three Soap Opera Digest Awards for her outstanding performance in General Hospital.
Playboy even offered Vanessa to be their front cover, but she later rejects them.
Vanessa also has her fair share of several romantic escapades.
She starred in Beverly Hills, 90210, as Gina Kincaid and Las Vegas as Sam Marquez.