Shantel Yvonne VanSanten (born July 25, 1985) is an American model and actress. As a model, she has been featured in the magazines Teen Vogue and Seventeen. On television, she played the role of Quinn James in the hit CW teen drama series One Tree Hill. On film, she appeared in The Final Destination, You and I, and Something Wicked.
VanSanten was born in Luverne, Minnesota. She is of Dutch and Norwegian descent. VanSanten was raised in Dallas, Texas where she attended Incarnate Word Academy (an all-girls college prep school) in Houston and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. VanSanten also started her career as a model at the age of fifteen for the Page Parkes Management.
VanSanten first appeared as a finalist on NBC’s reality television series Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Model Search but was eliminated in the series’ first episode. In 2007, it was announced she had signed on in a film adaption of the novel t.A.T.u. Come Back. Filming took place throughout 2007 in Los Angeles and Moscow. Starring alongside Mischa Barton, the film premiered in Russia on January 25, 2011, and in the U.S. a year later.
In 2009, VanSanten appeared as Lori Milligan in The Final Destination, the fourth installment of the eponymous horror film franchise. That same year, VanSanten was cast as a series regular on The CW television drama series One Tree Hill in the show’s seventh season. She portrays the role of photographer Quinn James and the on screen sibling to Bethany Joy Lenz’s character. Shantel’s role on the series has continued till the series ninth and final season. Shantel’s final appearance was in the series 187th and final episode One Tree Hill which premiered on April 4, 2012. BuddyTV ranked her #24 on its “TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2010” list and #21 in 2011.
VanSanten stars as Christine in Something Wicked. The film is the last to feature the late actress Brittany Murphy, who portrays VanSanten’s sister-in-law Susan. In the spring of 2012, VanSanten shot the film “Golden Christmas 3” opposite Rob Mayes, Mark Famiglietti, Nikki DeLoach and Orson Bean in a family, romantic, holiday comedy directed by Michael Feifer.