Shannyn Sossamon

Actor, Dancer, Disc jockey
As gifted as she was quirky, Shannyn Sossamon followed her independent spirit to build a fascinatingly diverse acting career. Born Oct. 3, 1978 in Honolulu, HI, Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon added the distinctive ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Actor (29)

How to Make it in America 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Sleepy Hollow 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Sinister 2 2015 (Movie)

Courtney Collins (Actor)

Wayward Pines 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Devour 2014 (Movie)

Marisol (Actor)

Over the Garden Wall 2014 (Tv Show)


The Jesuit 2014 (Movie)


Mistresses 2013 (Tv Show)


The End of Love 2013 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

The Day 2012 (Movie)

Shannon (Actor)

Road to Nowhere 2011 (Movie)

Laurel Graham/Velma Duran (Actor)

Our Family Wedding 2010 (Movie)

Ashley McPhee (Actor)

Life is Hot in Cracktown 2009 (Movie)

Concetta (Actor)

The Heavy 2009 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Moonlight 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


One Missed Call 2008 (Movie)

Beth Raymond (Actor)

Catacombs 2007 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

Dirt 2007 (Tv Show)


Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

Mikal (Actor)

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Chasing Ghosts 2005 (Movie)

Taylor Spencer (Actor)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

Pink Hair Girl (Actor)

Undiscovered 2005 (Movie)

Josie (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)


The Order 2003 (Movie)

Mara Sinclair (Actor)

40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 (Movie)

Erica Sutton (Actor)

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Lauren Hynde (Actor)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

Lady Jocelyn (Actor)

Other Side of Simple (Movie)



As gifted as she was quirky, Shannyn Sossamon followed her independent spirit to build a fascinatingly diverse acting career. Born Oct. 3, 1978 in Honolulu, HI, Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon added the distinctive spelling of "Shannyn" as a teenager growing up in Nevada, where her exotic beauty and rebellious nature helped her stand out. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career, but occasionally booked a commercial or a TV bit part. Sossamon's focus only centered on acting after a casting director discovered her DJ-ing at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. She landed her star-making role as Heath Ledger's fiery love interest, Lady Jocelyn, in "A Knight's Tale" (2001), earning nominations for three MTV Movie Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. Sossamon scored follow-up successes in the abstinence comedy "40 Days and 40 Nights" (2002) and the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), but made her biggest media splash when, the following year, she famously named her firstborn Audio Science. Although she began her career as a leading lady, Sossamon increasingly sought out quirky character roles in such projects as "Wristcutters: A Love Story" (2006) and "The Holiday" (2006), although she did find time to topline the horror flick "One Missed Call" (2008). The actress found a steadier home on television, earning series regular roles as a ghost on "Dirt" (FX, 2007-08), a vampire on "Moonlight" (CBS, 2007-08) and a gallery owner on "How to Make it in America" (HBO, 2010-11).


Dallas Clayton


Randy Goldstein


Todd Lindberg


Audio Science Clayton

Born May 29, 2003 father Dallas Clayton

Sherry Sossamon




Co-starred in "One Missed Call," a remake of the Japanese horror film "Chakushin Ari"


Co-starred with Patrick Fugit in the controversal indie film, "Wristcutters: A Love Story"


Had a small role in Nancy Meyers' "The Holiday" as Jack Black's girlfriend


Co-starred with Kip Pardue and Ashlee Simpson in "Undiscovered"


Appeared in "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang," opposite Robert Downey Jr.; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival


Reunited with director Helgeland and co-star Ledger for "The Order"


Co-starred in "Forty Days and Forty Nights," opposite Josh Hartnett


Cast in the ensemble "Rules of Attraction"; Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1980s-set novel


Made feature acting debut in "A Knight's Tale," opposite Heath Ledger; directed by Brian Helgeland


Spotted by a casting agent while helping a friend DJ Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party

Moved to Los Angeles the day she graduated from high school

Raised in Reno, Nevada

Bonus Trivia


"I really want to keep at it until I find out what I'm capable of. I just know I could do a lot more. Like anything else, like DJing, I want to be so good that I can't stop. I don't think I could live with myself if I stopped trying." - Sossamon on acting to Interview magazine, June 2001


"You know when there's someone new on the rise and there's too much hype? I didn't want that to be me. I didn't really want there to be any hype. It feels like setting yourself up for something instead of letting it happen naturally. What if people don't like me or my work? I want people to see my movies but I was never looking to participate in any of the sexy-girl Maxim business; it's just not my style. But I'm trying not to be cynical - I don't want to be one of those people who has a cool opportunity and blows it. It's really amazing what's happening to me." - Sossamon to Interview magazine, June 2001


Shannyn is the drummer and vocalist for the band Warpaint