Shoshannah Stern

Shoshannah Stern


7/3/1980, Walnut Creek, California, USA

Birth Name

Shoshannah Stern



Also Known As

Shoshanah Stern
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Born into a fourth generation deaf family, Shoshannah Stern is an amazing person and actress who copes with the everyday life of being a star while being deaf. She is the daughter of Ron Stern and Hedy Udowski-Stern. Shoshannah's first language was American Sign Language and she also…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • At Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Denver, Colorado, Shoshannah got to shake Michelle Obama's hand.

    • Shoshannah appeared in the music video "Yes, We Can" for the Barack Obama presidential campaign.

    • Shoshannah's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

    • Shoshannah Stern's the only deaf actor in history to have regular roles on two prime-time television shows.

    • Shoshannah's path to becoming a professional actress started during Winter of her senior year at Gallaudet. During a recess, she received a random email from Warner Bros which asked her to audition for a guest-starring role on the series Off Centre. She quickly went to Los Angeles, auditioned and won the role. This led to bigger and bigger roles which is why she is so famous nowadays.

    • Shoshannah was featured in the Winter 2006 special of World Around You.

    • Shoshannah has a brother and a sister who are both deaf as well.

    • When Shoshannah attended the California School for the Deaf, she often acted in high school plays which were directed by C.J. Jones, a deaf actor. This is where her acting career began.

    • Some of Shoshannah's film credits include: The Auteur Theory, Justice and The Last Shot.

    • ABC's Threat Matrix, which Shoshannah stars in was written entirely for her as the directors and producers found a lot of talent in her.

    • Shoshannah was born into a fourth generation deaf family. Shoshannah's first language is American Sign Language. She also reads lips and comfortably speaks without an interpreter.

    • Shoshanna attended Gallaudet University which is the only liberal arts college for the deaf in the world.

  • Quotes

    • Shoshannah: If you translated my name, it would be Rose Star, which is actually the shade of lipstick I found once, which looked terrible on me.

    • Shoshannah: There's not exactly a huge plethora of deaf characters available out there. It's been an upward struggle, but it's been consistently upward, and that's a wonderful thing. I don't plan on giving up anytime soon.

    • Shoshannah: I was born deaf and it wouldn't be in my control to change it even if I wanted to. If I listened to them say, "You're deaf, so you can't do this," it would mean I'm allowing myself to believe that. I know I've earned the right to be who I am.

    • Shoshannah: I am fourth-generation deaf, which means everyone in my immediate family is deaf. So I grew up always having 100 percent accessibility to language and communication, which was wonderful and something so many deaf people don't have. On the flip side, even though I had some hearing, I wore hearing aids only when watching movies, because hearing was really more of a distraction than a benefit for me. I had no reason to hear since everyone in my world was deaf and I went to a university for the deaf.

    • Shoshannah: I don't really think you can ever really prepare for acting. Anyone can go to acting classes and rattle off dates of famous playwrights' deaths. You'll ace the class, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll land a role. That being said, I also think that my love for literature and translation and learning itself helped a lot. To be an actor, you have to know things, feel things. I think the more you know, the more you learn, the better of an actor you become. My love of the English language definitely paid off. Acting's all about interpretation, and if you give an interesting or different approach to a classic piece of work, that's always a good thing in my opinion.

    • Shoshannah: I'm an actor, not a writer. I'd be pretty annoyed if the writers tried to come in and hang over my shoulder telling me how to act, so I don't go in and tell them how to write. I feel I should defer to the writers and the directors because they're the ones who have the complete vision. They see things through from the beginning to the end. I'm responsible for one small part, so my scope is much more limited than theirs.

    • Shoshannah: I'm trying to get in for roles that aren't necessarily deaf. And that is where the struggle happens.

    • Shoshannah: When I was starting out in the business, I was able to audition right away without much professional experience for deaf roles. I felt very lucky to have such a specific niche as a new actor.

    • Shoshannah: (Talking about her dream of acting) I've never wanted to be anything else. My mother says that even my birth was dramatic! I'd always find excuses to act growing up, even if it was to make up a long-winded story about being an orphan to con some poor man out of buying me a candy bar when I was around 7 years old. I've never wanted to be a fireman or an astronaut like all the other kids my age; I always wanted to be an actor.

  • She's such a wonderful actress I've seen her in Weeds and now Jericho she's destined to go places this girl because she's a talented actress and VERY beautiful I wouldn't be suprised if she snags herself a boyfriend easily.moreless

    Watching her on Jericho she was incredably good trying to help out with running the farm after the nuclear attacks over the hills. On Weeds she plays a sweet but naughty girlfriend which she plays with a charm.

    Shoshannah is desitned to go places big places and all I can say is watch this girl she's going make it big if not Hollywood doesn't know true talent if it jumped up and down on thier precious valuables.

    I can only just remember her on ER and even to what I can remember she was great acting then too even though it was a guest.

    Watch out world you've only seen half of what this girl has.moreless
  • I was editor of her profile on this site before it was taken over by new ownership.

    I just am hoping for the best for Sho and her aim in being successful in her career as a deaf actress and breaking down more doors for future deaf actors/actresses to follow.

    I certainly look forward to seeing her in bigger roles in the near future. She's showing up in a stage performance of 'The Vagina Monogules' next month in the Bay Area, California.

    She also has a role in HBO's 'Weeds' and it recently won an Emmy. Good luck, Sho!moreless