Full Name: Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon
Birth Date: October 3, 1979
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 5' 8"
Quote: "Someone pays me a hundred bucks every Tuesday to
DJ. I don't think I'll ever give that up."
Shannyn Sossamon Biography
It's the classic Hollywood fairy tale. A small town girl moves to the big
city, unexpectedly gets discovered by a casting agent and a starlet is born.
More than 50 years ago, it happened to Lana Turner, and today, it's happening
to Shannyn Sossamon.
But Sossamon, star of A Knight's Tale, insists that she wasn't some unpolished
country bumpkin turned into a star overnight.
"Can we put an end to this rumor, please?" she begs in her new hometown
of Los Angeles. "The story didn't go that quickly. I've lived [in Los Angeles]
for five years, I'm a dancer, I've done lots of commercials, I read all the
magazines, I've observed all the people in the business," she says, implying
that she's not as naïve as some may make her out to be.
"It's really not that glamorous a story."
Glamorous or not, the story went something like this: "I was helping my
friend DJ a party," she starts. "[The casting director] just saw me and she
called me the next day, we had a little meeting, it was no big deal."
Six months later, that casual meeting led to a shot at a starring role in
a major motion picture, opposite Heath Ledger, one of today's hottest actors.
"They said, 'Well, we'll give her a try', and when I read it, I thought
that it was an amazing story and I wanted to do it really badly." Shannyn
landed the role of saucy socialite Jocelyn, and the rest will, one day, become
Shannyn Sossamon was born in Hawaii and raised in Reno, Nevada. At 17, she
packed up and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a dancer. Though
dancing was her first calling, Shannyn admits that acting always intrigued
her. "I was always interested in doing it, but I was so content with my life
that I didn't really go after it."
That contented life included spinning records at local bars and lounges,
and acting in commercials, which she enthusiastically describes as "the awesomest
job ever -- you work for one day then just sit back and collect the residuals."
After having been spotted by one of Hollywood's most influential casting
directors, she embarked on a spree of auditions before coming across A Knight's
"Most of the auditions I went on, I passed up the projects because I just
wasn't interested," she says of the numerous teen comedies and television
shows she auditioned for. "When I read A Knight's Tale, that was that. I knew
I wanted to do this movie."
Coming up next, Sossamon has another starring role in the romantic film 40
Days and 40 Nights, opposite Josh Hartnett.
But despite her newfound success in the film industry, Shannyn won't be
handing over her turntables for a star on the Boulevard anytime soon.
"Someone pays me a hundred bucks every Tuesday to DJ," she says satisfactorily.
"I don't think I'll ever give that up."
Shannyn Sossamon Filmography
The Holiday (2006) .... Maggie
Catacombs (2006) .... Victoria
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) .... Mikal
Undiscovered (2005) .... Josie
Devour (2005) .... Marisol
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) .... Pink Hair Girl
Chasing Ghosts (2005) .... Taylor Spencer
I Hate You (2005) .... Jo
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
- Doubt (2004) TV Episode .... Myra Denning
The Double (2004) .... Melanie
The Order (2003) .... Mara Sinclair
... aka The Sin Eater (Australia) (Singapore: English title) (UK)
... aka Sin Eater - Die Seele des Bösen (Germany)
Wholey Moses (2003) .... Max
The Rules of Attraction (2002) .... Lauren Hynde
... aka Regeln des Spiels, Die (Germany)
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) .... Erica Sutton
... aka 40 jours et 40 nuits (France)
A Knight's Tale (2001) .... Lady Jocelyn
"Mr. Show with Bob and David"
- Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes (1997) TV Episode .... Fashion Model
- Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Dice (1997) TV Episode .... Trophy Presenter
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