Shannyn Sossamon

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Shannon on The Day

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10/3/1978, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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  • Shannyn Sossamon was born Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon at Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu to parents Sherry Sossamon and Todd Lindberg.

    Her nurse mother later re-married Randy Goldstein. She changed the 'o' in her name to a 'y' in 1995. Sossamon spent her early years in Reno, Nevada. The day after her high school graduation at Galena High School, Sossamon moved to Los Angeles to persue a career in dance. Once there, she began work as a DJ in local clubs. Sossamon's rise to fame in Hollywood happened after she starred in A Knight's Tale. Since then, she has appeared in many films and TV shows.

    Sossamon has one son with Dallas Clayton, named Audia Science Clayton. He was born on May 29, 2003. She continues to study acting, music, and dance and was orginally a drummer in the Los Angeles psychedlic band Warpaint with her sister Jenny Lindberg, but had to eventually leave because of her busy schedule.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Shannon Marie Kahoolani Sossamon

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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    • Shannyn: (about her biggest fear) What is my biggest fear? Aw man. Um? I think the one that's the most consistent, obviously, because I won't bring it into the arena of anything having to do with my child, but the one for me personally, my whole life. I sleep with my hands on my neck when I sleep. I don't know why. I always have, forever. I feel like maybe in a past life I was hung or sliced. I mean it's weird. There's no explanation for it. There's something I think is going on in that sort of... If I sleep on my stomach, the hand goes here. If I sleep on my back, it sort of goes like this. It's very strange. So I think it would be safe to say that I have a fear of someone coming. Yeah, it's really pretty intense.

    • Shannyn: (about if she has an affinity for the genre horror is) No. I seem to get cast in it a lot. Probably because I'm just one of those people that gets scared easily. I'll be walking down the hall somewhere and I'll hear something and it's like... It's just really easy for me to jump and it's really real; and so in a film it's not fake when I'm scared.

    • Shannyn: (about what was it about this role [her character on Moonlight] that really drew you in and made you want to do it) Well, Joel [Silver] calling me and asking me was one thing. It was a character like I hadn't really played before that much, so him believing in me and seeing that was nice. It was kind of like he was letting me know that he believed that I could stretch myself, before he'd even seen it, without me reading or anything. When you have people on your team who believe in you, it always helps the person as well. You know what I mean? It's like you have a team, so it feels really good. My point in telling you that, was that I didn't even have to read much. It was like kind of already a nice gesture. Then just the always wanting to play a vampire. But they didn't have a lot written on the page, so when you say character, I had no character. It was like. Here's the rough storyline and we know that she turned him into a vampire in the 50s, and somehow she kidnapped the young, little blond girl, because we need, our Beth. We knew the way that they met, that Mick and Beth met. That was it. So it's been a little interesting. Tricky, actually, to figure it out.

    • Shannyn: (about if she was a fan of vampire literature or movies before Moonlight) I always loved the aesthetic. I mean I've never really been a super fan of anything in my life, so even if I like something, I'm never, like, psycho fan. So I don't have all the vampire movies or know all the lines by heart or anything. But I always have been a fan of the aesthetic and just that whole feeling of vampire culture. But not to the point where I'm like, Oh, yeah, I've got all the movies and all the books!? Do you know what I mean? But I love the feeling.

    • Shannyn: (about what traits she likes in a man) Just, not pushovers. I'm a little bit of a brat, so it creates a challenge when they have a little bit of brat in them, too. I stay true to myself, which seems bratty sometimes, and that's OK.

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    • Awards & Nominations: - In 2001, Shannyn was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Film - Choice Breakout Performance. - In 2001, Shannyn was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Film - Choice Chemistry. - In 2002, Shannyn was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for 40 Days and 40 Nights. The category was Film - Choice Chemistry. - In 2002, Shannyn won a Young Hollywood Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Breakthrough Performance - Female. - In 2002, Shannyn was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Best Kiss. - In 2002, Shannyn was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Best Musical Sequence. - In 2002, Shannyn was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for A Knight's Tale. The category was Breakthrough Female Performance. - In 2008, Shannyn was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for One Missed Call. The category was Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller.

    • In 2003 Shannyn took a small break from her career, probably because of her new motherhood. In 2005 she came back with some small roles in movies.

    • Shannyn danced throughout high school, she danced competingly for three years. She loves many forms of dance including jazz, ballet, lyrical and tap. Shannyn attended Dance Unlimited and trained under Gina Hernandez. She says she loved it there. She was dancing four days a week. Dancing professionally was her dream.

    • Shannyn was discovered when she was helping a friend DJ at a birthday party for Gwyneth Paltrow in October 1999.

    • Shannyn was born in Hawaii but grew up in Nevada.

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