Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born in Indio, California, to Patricia Marcil, an herbalist, and Peter Ortiz, a contractor and self-made millionaire.
Marcil's father is Mexican, and her mother is an American of French and Italian ancestry.
Her role as Brenda Barrett gained positive reactions from fans and critics, and garnered her numerous award nominations.
While on the show, she also made movies like “The Rock” alongside Nicolas Cage in 1996 and “976-WISH” in 1997.
In 1998, after six years on General Hospital, she left the show to star in the made-for-television movie To Love, Honor and Deceive, and had a recurring guest role on the police drama High Incident, produced by Steven Spielberg.Regarding diet, she doesn’t believe in restricting anything and tries to eat everything in moderation.