In 2004, Lanter was a contestant on Bravo's reality show Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. Within a few weeks of moving to Los Angeles, California, Lanter successfully auditioned for the role of Nick on the supernatural teen-drama Fox series Point Pleasant.
He gained fame by playing Liam Court in The CW's teen drama series 90210, a spin-off of the 1990s Fox series Beverly Hills, 90210.
He also appeared in some major released films, such as Disaster Movie, War Games: The Dead Code, Sorority Row, Vampires Suck, The Roommate, and Pitch Perfect 3.
She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the New Somaly Fund which empowers women victimized by human-trafficking and sexualized violence.
Mc Cord is the cover model for the July 2009 issue of Signature magazine, a Los Angeles regional magazine.
For her role in Excision, Mc Cord won "Best Actress" at the Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema in 2012.