She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence southern France , because her father, singer and poet , did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris.
However, Novak is a very headstrong and outspoken lady, and she refused to be titled as the next sex symbol.
She was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers in Algeria, the daughter of composer and jazz musician , and an architect mother.
Her father, Edward, is a former Defense Department employee.
She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking.