Beauty and character, those two words sum up the talented actress. From the pages to Teen Vogue to the scenes of One Tree Hill, Shantel VanSanten has had a progressive career. She is one of the few stars who has managed to find that perfect blend between modeling and acting. Undoubtedly, this is a feat that most people in showbiz only dream about. How did she achieve all this? That perfect blend of good looks and on-screen talent is what has driven her so far. Based on that, here is all there is to know about this accomplished star.
Shantel VanSanten’s Bio
Shantel VanSanten was born in the town of Luverne, Minnesota on the 25th of July, 1985. She is of Dutch and Norwegian descent. Despite being born in Minnesota, she grew up in Spring, Texas where she studied at Incarnate Word Academy. The uni-sex college prep school which is located in Houston was her school till she moved on to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas. It was during her school days that her modeling career kicked off at Page Parkes Management. Her actual breakthrough role came she appeared on Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Model Search, unfortunately, she was eliminated in the first episode. The year 2007 had her appearing in the film adaptation of t.A.T.u. Come Back. Filming for the production took place in both Russia and Los Angeles.
Though it was filmed three years earlier, it was premiered in Russia in January of 2001. It came out a year later in America as You and I. From that point, Shantel Vansanten’s career forged ahead, seeing her indulging in film, TV, music videos as well as some voice overs.
Who Is Her Boyfriend?
A love life examined under a microscope is one of the ‘perks’ of being in the spotlight. Shantel VanSanten is no exception to this, as her relationships have been followed closely. Back in 2008, she was dating the American sprinter, Michael Johnson. Unfortunately, the relationship was short lived as it only lasted for about a year. Soon after, she went on to date her One Tree Hill costar, James Lafferty. Rumors were also sparked up that she was involved with another costar of hers, Robert Buckley, but she cut them down before they could take root. Fast forwarding a bit to 2015, there was a lot of speculation surrounding her relationship with her British costar on The Messengers, John Fletcher.
After a cute photo of the two holding hands was released, the only thing remaining was a confirmation. The public got what they needed when they both proceeded to post cozy pictures themselves on social media. Unfortunately, the walls came tumbling down in 2017 when they, oh so subtly, took down their shared pictures. A year later, she moved on to be with the Canadian actor Victor Webster, the two are still currently serving relationship goals.
Shantel VanSanten’s Movies and TV Shows
Shantel VanSanten has come a long way since her appearance in t.A.T.u. Come Back. Soon after that, in 2009, she landed a role in the fourth installment of the popular horror movie Final Destination. Though the movie took a handful of blows from the critics, it did quite well in the Box Office. With a whopping $186.2 million, it still remains her highest grossing movie yet. It was not until 2009 that she landed the role she is most known for till date. She landed the recurring role of the photographer, Quinn James, in the seventh season of the hit TV series, One Tree Hill. She remained on the show for a total of two seasons, until 2012, when the show eventually rounded up.
Some other roles that she played were in TV shows, Gang Related (2014), The Messengers (2015) and The Flash. She got some well-deserved screen-time on The Flash while playing the role of Barry Allen’s love interest for a while. Shantel VanSanten has played an array of roles since then, but most recently she added the role ‘voice actor’ to her portfolio. She voices Wraith in the popular video game Apex Legends.
– There is not a lot of information out there about Shantel VanSanten’s family. Nevertheless, she was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother, Doris.
– Not much is said about her father, the nature of their relationship or the lack thereof. However, another interesting tidbit about the actress is that she was raised alongside two siblings.