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Shannyn Sossamon

Facts about Shannyn Sossamon

Date of Birth:03 October 1978
Birthplace:Honolulu, HI
First Name:Shannyn
Last Name:Sossamon
Height:5' 8" (173 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:A Knights Tale
Religion:Occult / Thelemite
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Shannyn Sossamon

Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon (born Oct. 3, 1978 (43 years ago)) is an American actress, musician, dancer, DJ, and former model. She is perhaps best known for her roles in A Knight's Tale, The Rules of Attraction, 40 Days and 40 Nights and One Missed Call.

Early years

Sossamon was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Sherry Sossamon, a nurse, and Todd Lindberg; her mother later re-married Randy Goldstein. She is of Dutch, English, Irish, German, French, Filipino, and Hawaiian descent. The y in her first name was an adolescent alteration in 1995 (26 years ago). Sossamon grew up in Reno, Nevada, and attended Galena High School there. The day after her high school graduation, Sossamon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. After moving to Los Angeles, Sossamon began to work as a DJ, booking gigs in local clubs.


Early Career (1998–2001)

At the beginning of her career, Sossamon modeled for various companies including Sassy Magazine, Unionbay Clothing, American Eagle Outfitters, and Planned Parenthood. She also appeared in two TV commercials for Gap and starred in music videos for artists such as Daft Punk, The Goo Goo Dolls, Cher, Mick Jagger, and DJ Quik as well as KORN. In 1999 (22 years ago), Sossamon was discovered by casting director Francine Maisler, while assisting a friend DJ at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. After going through several auditions, Sossamon beat out Kate Hudson (12 walls) for the role of 'Lady Jocelyn' and landed the lead female role in the 2001 (20 years ago) movie A Knight's Tale opposite Heath Ledger. The movie received generally positive reviews and performed strongly at the box office with a domestic take of more than $55,000,000.

Rise to Fame (2002–2004)

After starring in A Knight's Tale, Sossamon began to receive a lot of attention from Hollywood. In 2002 (19 years ago), she starred in Miramax Films' romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights, alongside Josh Hartnett. The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was considered a box office success after earning a worldwide total of $95,146,283.

Also in 2002 (19 years ago), Sossamon played a lead role in Roger Avary's dark satirical ensemble The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Brett Easton Ellis book of the same name. The movie was fairly controversial and provocative. It included suicide, heavy drug use, and [[Sexual intercourse|sexual content. Initially, The Rules of Attraction was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, but the film's distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment, ordered the filmmakers to edit the movie in order to receive an R rating. The movie received extremely mixed reviews from critics; most either loving it or hating it. Rolling Stone called the movie "a perverse and sickly delightful treat," while Richard Roeper stated that he "hated this movie." Despite the mixed critical reception, the movie is considered a cult hit. The movie grossed $11,819,244 worldwide, almost tripling its budget.

Sossamon and Heath Ledger (5 walls) were cast together again and starred in the supernatural thriller The Order. The movie was released in late 2003 (18 years ago). It was received very poorly by critics and flopped at the box office. After shooting the unsuccessful movie, she became pregnant and decided that it was a good time to take a short break from acting.

In 2004 (17 years ago), Shannyn guest starred on the episode "Doubt" on the popular NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It was her only acting appearance of the year.

Recent Years (2005–present)

Shannyn returned to movie in 2005 (16 years ago), by starring in the direct-to-video low-budget horror movie Devour, alongside Jensen Ackles and William Sadler. Next, she had small roles in the movies Undiscovered and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Undiscovered was a box-office and critical failure, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang performed well at the box office, grossing more than $17,000,000 and was significantly praised by critics. She also appeared alongside Kate Winslet (8 walls), Jack Black, Cameron Diaz (31 walls), and Jude Law (4 walls) in Nancy Meyers's 2006 (15 years ago) romantic-comedy The Holiday. The movie was mainly aimed toward women, and it received positive reviews from critics.

In 2006 (15 years ago), Sossamon was cast as the female lead in the independent movie Wristcutters: A Love Story opposite Patrick Fugit, Tom Waits, and Will Arnett. Wristcutters revolved around two characters who fell in love in purgatory after committing suicide. Its interesting plot gained the movie a lot of attention. The movie was shown at both The Sundance movie Festival and The Seattle International movie Festival Awards in 2006 (15 years ago). Autonomous movies picked it up for distribution, and it was released on Mar. 25, 2008 (13 years ago), to extremely positive reviews. It was nominated for several awards including Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, two Independent Spirit Awards, the Humanitas Prize.

Sossamon was next cast in Courteney Cox's dark drama series Dirt on FX. She starred as Kira Klay, a celebrity who, after realizing that she is pregnant, kills herself. She then appears in visions to a schizophrenic photographer. Shannyn appears in five episodes in the first season.

She then starred in the horror movie Catacombs alongside singer Pink. It was FEARnet and Lions Gate Entertainment's first movie collaborating. It was first released in 2007 (14 years ago) in several countries including Italy, Japan and Mexico, but it wasn't released in the United States until 2008 (13 years ago). It was filmed in early 2005 (16 years ago), but its release was delayed for more than two and a half years for unknown reasons.

Next, Sossamon signed on as a series regular on CBS's vampire drama Moonlight. The series began airing on sep. 28, 2007 (14 years ago), and was watched by 8.54 million viewers. CBS ordered a 16-episode first season, but over the season, viewership decreased to around 7.5 million viewers. The series had a very large fan base, but despite fans' efforts, CBS canceled the series after the first season.

Her next project, One Missed Call, was a remake of the Japanese horror movie Chakushin Ari. The movie also stars Ed Burns, Azura Skye, Margaret Cho, and Ray Wise. The movie received extremely negative reviews from critics but was considered a major box-office success, grossing more than $42,000,000 worldwide. It was also considered a success on DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and Blu-Ray, generating sales of more than $25,000,000 since its release on Apr. 22, 2008 (13 years ago).

In 2008 (13 years ago), Sossamon appeared with George Clooney (5 walls) in the commercial "A Beautiful Race" for the company Martini. Her next two films—The Heavy and Life Is Hot in Cracktown—are set to be released in late 2008 (13 years ago) or 2009 (12 years ago).

Personal life

Sossamon has three tattoos, including an S with a flower on her right back shoulder, and an "S" backward on her left shoulder. She also has a tattoo, of a set of eyes with arched brows underneath the word "Believe," located on the small of her back. With Dallas Clayton, she has a son, Audio Science Clayton, born on May 29, 2003 (18 years ago). Graham Coxon's 5th solo album Happiness in Magazines features a song called "Spectacular", reportedly about Sossamon after seeing her picture (wallpaper) on the internet. Sossamon continues to study acting, music and dance.


  • A Knight's Tale (2001, 20 years ago)
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002, 19 years ago)
  • The Rules of Attraction (2002, 19 years ago)
  • Wholey Moses (short film) (2003, 18 years ago)
  • The Order (2003, 18 years ago)
  • Devour (2005, 16 years ago)
  • Chasing Ghosts (2005, 16 years ago)
  • I Hate You (short film) (2005, 16 years ago)
  • The Double (short film) (2005, 16 years ago)
  • Undiscovered (2005, 16 years ago)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, 16 years ago)
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006, 15 years ago)
  • The Holiday (2006, 15 years ago)
  • Catacombs (2007, 14 years ago)
  • One Missed Call (2008, 13 years ago)
  • The Heavy (2009, 12 years ago)
  • Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009, 12 years ago)
  • Man Without A Head (2009, 12 years ago)

TV-shows (series)

  • Moonlight as Coraline/Morgan (series regular) (2007–2008)
  • Dirt as Kira Klay (recurring character) (2007, 14 years ago)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Myra Dempsey – Episode "Doubt" (2004, 17 years ago)
  • Mr. Show – Episode "Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes" (1997, 24 years ago)
  • Mr. Show – Episode "Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Dice" (1997, 24 years ago)

Music videos

  • Daft Punk – Revolution 909 (1998, directed by Roman Coppola)
  • Deborah Cox – "It's Over Now" (1998, directed by Marcus Raboy)
  • DJ Quik feat. 2nd II None – "Hand In Hand" (1998, directed by Terry Heller)
  • The Goo Goo Dolls – "Dizzy" (1999, directed by Nancy Bardawil)
  • Cher – "Strong Enough" (1999, directed by Nigel Dick)
  • KoЯn (4 walls) – "Make Me Bad" (1999, directed by Martin Weisz)
  • Mick Jagger – "God Gave Me Everything" (2001, directed by Mark Romanek)
  • The Black Heart Procession – "Not Just Words" (2006, directed by Rainbows & Vampires)


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