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: 10/03/1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

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

Actor

Sleepy Hollow 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sinister 2 2015 (Movie)

Courtney Collins (Actor)

Wayward Pines 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Devour 2014 (Movie)

Marisol (Actor)

The Jesuit 2014 (Movie)

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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)

One Missed Call 2008 (Movie)

Beth Raymond (Actor)

Catacombs 2007 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

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)

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)

(Actor)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Dallas Clayton

Companion

Randy Goldstein

Step-Father

Todd Lindberg

Father

Audio Science Clayton

Son
Born May 29, 2003 father Dallas Clayton

Sherry Sossamon

Mother

Milestones

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

2003

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

2002

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

2002

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

2001

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

1999

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

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Shannyn is the drummer and vocalist for the band Warpaint

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