Amber was born in Hot Springs, AK but considers herself born and raised in Santa Fe, NM where her parents moved shortly after her birth. Her father, Denis Tassel, worked for the state growing up. Her mother, whom she credits with giving her the "acting bug", Julia Minesci, is an actress as well best know for her infamous role as "Wendy" in AMC's Breaking Bad. Amber grew up riding horses and hanging around at the barn with friends and spending time in her local theater. She considers herself shy but she she enjoys being pushed outside of her comfort zone with acting.