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Shannyn Sossamon is a Actor American born on 3 october 1978 at Honolulu (USA)

Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon
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Birth name Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon
Nationality USA
Birth 3 october 1978 (45 years) at Honolulu (USA)

Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon, popularly known as Shannyn Sossamon (born October 3, 1978), is an American actress and musician. After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles to study dance; instead, she started working as a model mainly for television commercials. Her first major film role was in A Knight's Tale (2001), a box office success that brought Sossamon much more recognition. It was followed by appearances in comedies such as 40 Days and 40 Nights and The Rules of Attraction (both 2002). She did further film work in the features The Order (2003), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and The Holiday (2006).

Sossamon was cast in the indie comedy Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006), where her performance was critically acclaimed, and later had the starring part on the CBS supernatural drama, Moonlight, that ran for one season from 2007 to 2008. She played the lead role of troubled Beth Raymond in the horror film One Missed Call (2008), another box office success that earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination. She has focused on smaller scale projects as well, appearing in a number of independent films, including Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009), Road to Nowhere (2010), The Day (2011) and The End of Love (2012). She has also done more television work, as in the first seasons of HBO's comedy How to Make It in America (2010) and ABC's drama Mistresses (2013). Sossamon signed on to appear as a series regular in M. Night Shyamalan's limited show for FOX, Wayward Pines, which premiered on May 14, 2015. She is currently playing the character of Pandora in Fox's "Sleepy Hollow."

As a musician, she provided vocals and drums to Warpaint from 2004 to 2008, when she left the group to focus more on acting. Sossamon's sole recording with the band is the 2009 EP, Exquisite Corpse. Sossamon has directed and produced short and musical videos, released through Maudegone Theater, an online-video project she created on her own in 2010.


Relationships and family
She dated children's book illustrator and author Dallas Clayton from 2002 to 2004. They had a son, Audio Science Clayton, born on May 29, 2003. Though she admitted not being prepared for having a child, she focused on her pregnancy and motherhood, laying aside acting more or less for the next four years: "I wasn't ready to be a mom. But if you have any desire to be a better person, having a baby kicks it right into gear. Now I'm a better actress and a better mother". In March 2012, she announced that she had given birth to her second son, Mortimer. In 2015, Sossamon stated during an interview with Details magazine that she was in a "committed relationship" with the father of Mortimer.

Music and interests
Besides acting, Sossamon continues to study music and dance. After having Audio Science, she started to play guitar very frequently, with lessons about four days a week, as she wanted to create a band with her sister Jenny Lee Lindberg, who knew how to play the bass. Shortly afterwards, they joined Warpaint, an indie rock and psychedelic band formed in Los Angeles. As all the members were playing the guitar at the beginning, she became the original drummer of the group: "When we all started the band together, no one was playing drums, it was like all of us on guitars, I was on guitar with them, and we needed a drummer. We tried out a pool of drummers and then one day I was just practicing, I just decided to sit on the drum kit and it really worked and I had so much fun".

Her sole recording with Warpaint until she left the group to focus on her acting career was the 2008 EP, Exquisite Corpse. When asked about pursuing a musical career as a solo artist following her work with the band, Sossamon responded that although she writes a lot of songs by herself, "it just requires focus and discipline in a way that I need to have for other things right now". Despite her musical work, Sossamon has clarified she rarely calls herself a musician, as she does not "practice or play nearly as much as the great ones do. Most of my days and thoughts are taken up by stories, feelings, and pictures. Music is present in them, too, but always having to do with a picture. When I work with musicians, I actually just see them as actors or performers in general that day. I don’t separate them from the duties they are to perform that day".

Best films

The Holiday (2006)
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

Usually with

Mark Webber
Mark Webber
(2 films)
Nancy Meyers
Nancy Meyers
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shannyn Sossamon (21 films)

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There Are No Saints
Origin Mexique
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Tim Roth, Ron Perlman, Tommy Flanagan, José María Yazpik, Brian Cox, Karla Souza
Roles Inez
Rating48% 2.4213352.4213352.4213352.4213352.421335
Au Mexique, de sortie de prison, un homme emprisonné par erreur se venge des personnes qui ont assassiné sa femme et enlevé son fils.
Sinister 2
Sinister 2 (2015)
, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about films, Films about children, Snuff films in fiction, Films about television, Ghost films
Actors James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Tate Ellington, John Beasley, Lucas Jade Zumann, Clare Foley
Roles Courtney Collins
Rating53% 2.65992.65992.65992.65992.6599
The film opens with a family being hung up like scarecrows in a corn field with sacks over their heads and burned alive. It is revealed to be the nightmare of nine-year-old Dylan Collins, who is staying in a rural farmhouse with his twin brother Zach, and their mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon).
The End of Love
Directed by Mark Webber
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Michael Cera, Mark Webber, Amanda Seyfried, Jocelin Donahue, Shannyn Sossamon, Aubrey Plaza
Roles Lydia
Rating59% 2.952442.952442.952442.952442.95244
Le portrait intime et évocateur d’un père célibataire élevant ses enfants.
The Day
The Day (2011)
, 1h33
Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Ashley Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund, Shawn Ashmore, Cory Hardrict
Roles Shannon
Rating51% 2.5997752.5997752.5997752.5997752.599775
The Day follows a group of five survivors in a post-apocalyptic world as they travel through a bleak environment in an attempt to find food, shelter, and a safe place to stop running from tribes of savage cannibals that roam the country-side. They hope to plant several jars of seeds that they either stole or found during their journey. There was at some point twelve in their group, but it is not known how the others died or how long the remaining five have been on the run.
Road to Nowhere, 2h2
Directed by Monte Hellman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Romance
Actors Cliff De Young, Shannyn Sossamon, Tygh Runyan, Dominique Swain, Fabio Testi, John Diehl
Roles Laurel Graham / Velma Duran
Rating54% 2.7061652.7061652.7061652.7061652.706165
Promising filmmaker named Mitchell Haven invites Laurel Graham, a non-professional actress, to play Velma Duran, a person involved in a financial scandal that made headlines and is featured in the Haven's new film. The director falls in love with his muse, to the despair of some members of the crew.
The Heavy
The Heavy (2010)
, 1h42
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Actors Vinnie Jones, Christopher Lee, Stephen Rea, Shannyn Sossamon, Sadie Frost, Lee Ryan
Roles Claire
Rating49% 2.4547952.4547952.4547952.4547952.454795
The film is about rivalry and betrayal between two brothers. One is a candidate for Prime Minister and the other is a henchman for a businessman. When one is given the opportunity to take revenge against the other, he must come to terms with the truth and face a world where trust doesn't exist and loyalty is rare.
Our Family Wedding, 1h30
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Anna Maria Horsford, Shannyn Sossamon
Roles Ashley McPhee
Rating50% 2.506532.506532.506532.506532.50653
Marcus Boyd (Lance Gross), a young African-American, has recently graduated from Columbia Medical School and is headed to Laos for a year to work with Doctors Without Borders. Unbeknownst to their respective parents, Marcus and his fiancee Lucia Ramirez (America Ferrera), who is Mexican-American, have been living together and would like to get married before they both head off to Laos together.
Life Is Hot in Cracktown
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Kerry Washington, Evan Ross, Shannyn Sossamon, Brandon Routh, Lara Flynn Boyle, RZA
Roles Concetta
Rating60% 3.0496953.0496953.0496953.0496953.049695
The film intertwines several unsettling stories of people in a Manhattan neighborhood ravaged by crack cocaine.
One Missed Call, 1h27
Directed by Éric Valette
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children, Ghost films, Films about child abuse
Actors Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise, Ana Claudia Talancón, Azura Skye
Roles Beth Raymond
Rating40% 2.0152752.0152752.0152752.0152752.015275
The film opens on Shelley, a college student, sitting outside a Japanese style house near a koi pond. Her pet cat is near the pond, and after hearing a strange noise there, Shelley goes to investigate. A hand reaches out of the pond and grabs Shelley, pulling her under. Seconds later, the same hand drags the cat down to its death. A red hard candy floats to the surface of the pond.
Wristcutters: A Love Story, 1h28
Directed by Goran Dukić
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Road movies, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Leslie Bibb, Tom Waits, Mark Boone Junior
Roles Mikal
Rating71% 3.59853.59853.59853.59853.5985
After Zia commits suicide, he finds himself in an afterlife limbo much the same as life, just slightly worse. Here the color is dim, there are no stars, and no one can smile. This strange realm is populated by people who have committed suicide, such as Eugene, a Russian musician who lives with his mother, father, and brother – all suicide victims. Eugene kills himself on stage by pouring a beer he is drinking onto his electric guitar. Together they waste most of their afterlives in bars, until Zia learns from a friend, Brian, that his ex-girlfriend, Desiree, has also committed suicide. He and Eugene take to the road to find her, in Eugene's rundown car. Early on, it is revealed that Eugene's car has two idiosyncrasies: a sort of black hole underneath the passenger seat where items that are dropped disappear forever and broken headlights that cannot be fixed by the most adept of mechanics. On their trip, they pick up hitchhiker Mikal, who insists there has been a mistake, and she is seeking the "people in charge" (a.k.a. the PIC) in order to be sent back.
Catacombs (2007)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Shannyn Sossamon, Pink, Cabral, Emil Hostina
Roles Victoria
Rating45% 2.251632.251632.251632.251632.25163
Victoria (Sossamon) receives an invitation from her sister Carolyn (Pink). The first line of the film is a voice-over: "My sister sent me a postcard, all it said was 'Come to Paris. It'll be good for you.' 48 hours after I arrived, she and everyone I'd met were dead."
The Holiday, 2h18
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Shannyn Sossamon, Eli Wallach
Roles Maggie
Rating69% 3.4513853.4513853.4513853.4513853.451385
Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), a society column editor for The Daily Telegraph in London, has been in love with Jasper Bloom (Rufus Sewell) for over three years, despite his infidelities. When she finds out that he is engaged to the "other woman," Iris despairs over the state of affairs in her life. Meanwhile, Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), a workaholic who owns a company that produces movie trailers in Los Angeles, discovers that her live-in boyfriend Ethan Ebbers (Edward Burns) has been cheating on her with his 24-year-old secretary. She decides she wants to get away for the holidays and visits a home swap website on which Iris had previously listed her "quaint cottage in Surrey.” Amanda contacts Iris about her interest. Iris quickly agrees and the two agree to swap homes for two weeks.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 1h43
Directed by Shane Black
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about television
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller
Roles Pink Hair Girl
Rating74% 3.7483453.7483453.7483453.7483453.748345
At a Los Angeles party, Harry Lockhart recounts recent events. Fleeing a botched burglary, Harry's friend is shot, forcing Harry to evade police by ducking into an audition. Harry unintentionally impresses the producers with an outburst of remorse they mistake for method acting. At a Hollywood party before a screen test, Harry meets private investigator Perry van Shrike, hired to give Harry on-the-job experience for his role, and party host Harlan Dexter, a retired actor who recently resolved a ten year feud over his wife's inheritance with his daughter, Veronica. He also encounters his childhood crush Harmony Lane, but wakes up in bed with her hostile friend. He runs over to Harmony's place at 6am to apologize.
Chasing Ghosts, 1h59
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Michael Madsen, Shannyn Sossamon, Gary Busey, Meat Loaf, Michael Rooker, Sean Whalen
Roles Taylor Spencer
Rating53% 2.6556852.6556852.6556852.6556852.655685
NYPD Detective Kevin Harrison (Michael Madsen), a cop who used to be on the take from mobster Marcos Alfiri (Gary Busey), has since turned good. Harrison is close to retirement when the son (James Duval) of a big-time gangster is killed; and no evidence is left behind. Together with his partner Cole (Corey Large), Harrison goes into the deep of the New York mob world, focused on finding his killer.