Shannon Elizabeth was born and raised in Texas. She grew up active in dance, cheerleading, student council, and almost chose a life career in tennis. After being featured in a music video her senior year of high school, that happened to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, Shannon felt encouraged to seek out modeling and acting. Shannon's journey took her to New York, many European cities, and L.A. About a year after moving to Los Angeles, she started taking acting classes. She got an agent eventually, and in 1999, she landed the iconic role of "Nadia" in the movie American Pie (1999).
Shannon is still acting in projects she loves and is enjoying wearing more hats these days. She's directing and producing music videos and working on various projects. Shannon's other love, and what she says is her purpose in life, is her non-profit, Animal Avengers. Started in 2001 as a Los Angeles animal rescue, the charity became international in 2015 and moved into doing conservation work in Africa.