Zuniga began her film career with Rob Reiner’s "The Sure Thing" opposite John Cusack. Then, a childhood dream came true when she was cast opposite Lucille Ball in Ball's final performance, "Stone Pillow." Zuniga went on to star in such feature films as Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs," "Vision Quest," "Gross Anatomy" both with Matthew Modine, and other films include, "Staying Together," "Last Rights" and "Stand Ins." Zuniga then became familiar to millions of viewers as Jo Reynolds on the hit series "Melrose Place."
From the ultra sexy centerfold Shelly Pierce on the NBC series "American Dreams," Zuniga went on to star on the ABC Family series "Beautiful People" and then with Jay Mohr in the ABC Family film, "Christmas Everyday." 2010 saw Zuniga star in and produce the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "A Family Thanksgiving," with Academy Award® Winner Faye Dunaway. Here she got to show off her comedic side, when she played a single high-powered attorney, who suddenly finds herself in an alternate reality as a mom, juggling carpool and diapers. She then finished off the year starring in the highly rated Lifetime Movie "On Strike for Christmas."
Other career credits include, the highly rated NBC miniseries' "Pandora’s Clock" and "Degree of Guilt," both based on best-selling novels, and TV guest spots on "Nip Tuck," "Spin City," and "Law and Order."
Born in Northern California and raised between there and Vermont, Zuniga is the eldest daughter of a Unitarian minister mother, and a philosophy professor father. Zuniga studied a year at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and performed in theater in New England before attending UCLA. She studied with renowned acting teachers, Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, Larry Moss and Penny Allen.
Devoted to the environment, Zuniga was appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa to the founding Board of the LA River Revitalization Corp. Her documentary of the TED Conference “The Future We Will Create,” which she produced and directed, is currently available on Netflix, and Amazon.