Ewell was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Seal Beach.
She was on her high school's surfing team.
As of 2009, Ewell lives in Los Angeles, California.
Ewell was arrested for disorderly conduct on August 22, 2009 in Smarr, Georgia for loitering on a bridge during a photo shoot with Candice Accola, Sara Canning, and Nina Dobrev and photographer Tyler Shields. The charges were later dismissed.