In Flashdance (1983), the birth date that she fills out on the application form is her actual birth date in real life.
Was offered the part of "Apollonia" for Purple Rain (1984). She turned it down because she wanted to concentrate on college.
She was the original choice for the lead role in Pretty in Pink (1986), but the part went to Molly Ringwald.
Thieves took nearly $1,000 from her hotel room while she was on location in Manila, Philippines, shooting the movie Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' (1990) (TV) (aka "Madonna and the Dragon"), in 1989.
While at Yale, she was classmates with David Duchovny, who suggested her for a part on "The X Files" (1993) (which went to Gillian Anderson).
Close friend of Quentin Tarantino. He often stayed at her home while struggling as a director before making Pulp Fiction (1994).
Good friends with Elizabeth Berkley. They each appeared in a Joe Eszterhas-written film (Berkley: Showgirls (1995); Beals: Flashdance (1983)), and they appeared together in Roger Dodger (2002). and the last season of "The L Word" (2004).
In Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), she plays a woman passing for white who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. In real life, this is Beals's racial background, too.
Is a huge fan of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and wanted the cast to guest star on "The L Word" (2004).
Turned down the opportunity to play herself in "It's Like, You Know..." (1999).
In the film The Anniversary Party (2001), Beals plays a character who takes photographs of performers which she then gives away, usually to the subjects of the photos. Beals actually does this.
She and her character on "The L Word" (2004), "Bette Porter", are both Yale graduates with an African-American father and a Caucasian mother.
18 October 2005: Gave birth to her first child, a girl. Father is Beals' husband of seven years, Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon.