Ryan was born in Newark, New York. Ryan grew up with divorced parents, and has a younger brother and a sister. She is of mixed Italian and Irish descent.
She attended a Catholic private school in her home town. Her first sexual experience was with a close girlfriend the summer before high school. During high school she held a couple of jobs. She has said to have worked at a fast food resturant and a clothing store. She has also stated that she also worked as a stay at home nurse for an elderly lady.
When Ryan turned 18, she went to college and stripped at a local strip club. She admits that this is when she became more sexually open. She then packed up all of her stuff and moved to Los Angeles, California. She then entered the porn business in July, 2006.