Shawn had been a vegetarian for 15 years until she one day decided, for no apparent reason, to go back to eating meat. She ate her first ever filet mignon the night she found out she would be joining the cast of Sunset Beach.
Shawn in 5'6" with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Shawn's first scene for Sunset Beach was a location shot of her character, Sara, drowning. Shawn was very nervous about filming the scene because she didn't actually know how to swim at that time.
Shawn became a big fan of The Grateful Dead while a she was a senior in high school. She doesn't consider herself a "Deadhead" but she has seen them in concert at least 23 times.
In 1998 Shawn was voted one of "Soaps Sensational Newcomers" by Soap Opera Digest magazine.
Shawn's husband, Steve, is 14 years older then her. She says when they first met she was unsure about dating him because not only was he older, but he also had 2 children.
When it was announced that Sunset Beach was going to be cancelled in 1999, the cast was asked how they'd like to see the show end. Shawn said she'd love to see her character, Sara, "go psycho and kill everyone." The writers choose to go in a different direction.
As a teen Shawn attended a Saturday youth acting program at a school in Manhattan. The school was founded by stage legend Lee Strasberg.
Shawn has appeared in television commercials for Best Buy, Pizza Hunt, Hyundai, and Dr. Pepper.
Shawn loves hockey and his a huge New York Rangers fan. Her father once played hockey semi-professionally, for the Detroit Red Wings farm team.
Shawn was a Junior in high school when she was cast in her first commercial.
Shawn's favorite charities are The Red Cross and Gilda's Club.
Shawn: I really like daytime. It's fun to act every day. It's a helluva lot more fun than auditions, let me tell you.
Shawn: I would like to be on ER as anything: a doctor, a patient, a corpse. I would just love to work with those actors.
Shawn: I have a complete willingness to just sort of go with it, otherwise I can't exactly figure out what gave me the courage - or the stupidity - that's led me to where I am now. To become an actress.
Shawn: (on the last days of Sunset Beach) I'm taking pictures of everything. I'm sure the sadness will set in. But for now, I prefer to remember how much fun it was rather then dwell on how much I'm going to miss it.
Shawn: I always knew I wanted to be an actress. But it wasn't an aggressive pursuit in middle school or high school, to the point where it was my every thought.