Marking a segue into leading lady territory, Heidi Schanz
stands out as one of the few action heroines to grace the silver screen this summer. Growing up a Hollywood native but steering clear of the acting scene, Schanz began studying after years of modeling both stateside and abroad.She made her debut in Seven
as Sin of Pride, one of the victims of Kevin Spacey
's sadistic serial killer John Doe.Just prior to that, she appeared as the ultimate dream date Sheila 3.2 in Brett Leonard's Virtuosity
, with Denzel Washington
She again dealt with the wrath of a merciless murderer as Megan Murphy in Kiss the Girls, opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, which was one of the biggest hits from the 1997 fall season.
Additional film roles include Underworld, with Joe Mantegna and Denis Leary, the independent drama Mixing Nia and Zalman King's Shame, Shame, Shame. Schanz appeared in the television pilot for Timecop, a series that was based on the Van Damme-led movie of the same name. Additional television credits include guest appearances on the Nielsen-champ Just Shoot Me, House Rules, The Closer, Men Behaving Badly and the made-for-HBO drama Body Language, with Tom Berenger.
Earlier this year, she appeared in the independent feature Final Voyage alongside Ice-T and Erika Eleniak. Last summer, she played a pivotal role in the Oscar-nominated The Truman Show as Vivien, who is brought in to persuade Truman Burbank to stay in Seahaven.
Heidi Schanz Facts
|The Truman Show|
|Universal Soldier: the Return|
|Shame Shame Shame|
|Flags of Our Fathers|