Although born in San Jose, California, Walsh spent most of his childhood in Arizona. The youngest in her family at 5 years old, she quickly discovered the importance of humility and standing firm, which she attributes to staying humble while navigating the entertainment industry (via Red book). After his parents divorced, Walsh also learned to prioritize being independent. The actor noted, “My mother went back to work, so I spent a lot of time alone and learned to be independent. We move a lot and I make friends anywhere” (via Redbook).
By the time Walsh arrived at the University of Arizona, she was trying to make the most of her college experience, first majoring in business before switching to English. However, she eventually gave up to pursue her love of acting. Originally, Walsh joined a comedy troupe called Burn Manhattan in New York City while serving as a waitress for a living (through Everyone). After a few years, she emigrated to Chicago, where she joined the Piven Theater Studio (via TheaterMania).
Walsh’s big break came in 1997 when she was cast as Drew Carey’s love interest on “The Drew Carey Show. “Reminiscing about her role as Nicki Fifer, Walsh said, ‘I took a chance and packed my bags for 30 days and ended up doing 11 episodes’ (via People.) Over the next few years, Walsh earned several seasons among television shows and movies, including “Law & Order,” “The Norm Show,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and “CSI.”
https://www.looper.com/667020/the-transformation-of-kate-walsh-from-childhood-to-the-umbrella-academy/ Kate Walsh’s transition from childhood to academia