Shantel VanSanten’s parents divorced when she was young and she was raised by a single mother!

Actress Shantel VanSanten is of Dutch and Norwegian descent.


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FBI: Most Wanted actress Shantel VanSanten was raised by her single mother and grandmother, Doris, after her parents’ divorce. When she turned four, her mother remarried, and her stepfather provided her with unwavering support.

However, her relationship with her father remains positive. She is still grateful to him and misses him, even though they live in different states.

In her Instagram caption, she writes, “Coming from divorced parents, I often didn’t get to see my dad on his birthday. Living in other states also means we missed out on sharing a lot of our lives.”

She shares a close bond with her family, evident in the heartfelt captions accompanying the pictures she posts on her Instagram.

Besides her parents, Shantel’s aunt Diane and her grandmother Doris also played a huge role in shaping who she is today!

Shantel VanSanten was born in Luverne, Minnesota, to her parents, whose names are not disclosed on the Internet.

However, despite their separation, they, as a parent, provided her with all their love and support.

Shantel’s mother faced many hardships as a single mother raising three children but later married a great man who became Shantel’s father figure.

She shares, “She was a single mom at times and fought for herself fiercely to be the best mama she could be!

Talking about her father, he has married a woman named Carla, and both share a deep affection for Shantel.

Alongside her mother and stepfather, Shantel was also raised by her beloved grandmother, Doris, who she cherished deeply.

She also considered her aunt Diane, who served as her godmother, a significant influence. Sadly, both Doris and Diane passed away due to lung cancer.

Her grandmother’s influence continues to drive Shantel’s dedication to raising awareness about lung cancer through her advocacy efforts.

Furthermore, her aunt’s positive outlook on life and generosity has greatly inspired her.

According to her Instagram posts, Shantel VanSanten has achieved her goal of paving the way toward finding a cure for lung cancer.

Additional Information

  • Born on July 25, 1985, Shantel VanSanten attended an all-girls school in Houston and Texas Christian University.
  • She started her career as a model when she was just 15 years old and later found her passion for acting and has appeared in various movies and TV series like, ‘The Final Destination,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘The Boys,’ and many more.
  • She also has a dog named Nova, who she loves endlessly.
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