Rickards began to appear in a number of minor roles, while Child labor laws restricted the number of hours she was able to work. After making a number of guest appearances in short roles, including a role in The Format's music video for "She Doesn't Get It" in 2007, she landed the role of Samantha Walker, a runaway foster child, in the sixth season of The CW's One Tree Hill.
Rickards belongs to white ethnicity and holds an American nationality. Talking about her personal life she has an affair with Philip Wheeler who is an American football linebacker. The couple seems to be very close to each other and is often seen posting their photos together on Instagram.