Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon is an American actress probably best known for her roles in “A Knight’s Tale” opposite Heath Ledger and “40 Days and 40 Nights.” She has since been a founding member of the band Warpaint and created a production house called The Maudegone Theater. She will appear in the Fox series “Wayward Pines.”

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Her full name is Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon. She added the “y” in 1995.


She is a mix of French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, Filipino and German ancestry. Her nicknames include Shan and Hot Soss.


Though born in Hawaii, when Shannyn was one she moved to Reno, Nevada where she grew up dancing. As soon as she graduated from high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance.


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While in Los Angeles, she took up deejaying. “I loved doing the club, scratching and mixing records, it gave me power over anyone. They would move to what I’d picked.” She added, “I learned how to DJ so that I wouldn’t have to socialize because though I wanted to be out at night, I was bad at it; 2) I could control the music and atmosphere, and 3) for free drinks.”


Shannyn Sossamon also worked as a model, scoring gigs for American Eagle and Sassy Magazine and the occasional television commercial. While at a birthday party for Gwyneth Paltrow, Shannyn was “discovered” by a casting director and landed on “A Knight’s Tale.” (She beat out Kate Hudson for the role).


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As to Hollywood, she said in 2010, “I have found it to be very difficult to deal with and understand the Hollywood establishment. It always felt very forced to me.” She added, “The pressures, however, of having an up-and-down job where you never know when your next paycheck is coming from can be quite stressful for a mother.”


Shannyn has also never considered getting a boob job. “I’d feel like there were alien invaders in my chest.” When asked about which part of her body she loves and hates, she said, “No comment. I'm trying to love my whole body.”


She has two children, Audio Science Clayton and Mortimer Sossamon.


Shannyn also loves traveling. “I love to travel because I feel like I’m truly a part of the earth in a bigger sense. I understand my place on this earth more when I’m traveling. I feel stuck when I can only be in one home.”

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