Woodward first on-screen acting job came in when she played the recurring role of Missy on Nickelodeon 's television series Clarissa Explains It All.
She reprised this role twice during the show's five seasons. Woodward next appeared in made-for-television films: Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare and Tornado!
Woodward's big-screen debut came in when she played Emma Sharp, the daughter of a Texas Ranger assigned to protect a group of cheerleaders who witnessed a murder in the action comedy Man of the House. InWoodward got her big break in the series The Richeswhich aired inked girls pornstars two seasons — on cable network FX.
Woodward shot the pilot Limelightabout a New York City school for performing arts, but the series was not picked up.
She also starred in another teen thrillerThe Shortcut. InWoodward starred in the independent drama Girlfriend. She shannon played the lead character in the ensemble comedy-drama The Breakup Girl.