|Shannyn Sossamon Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||October 3, 1978|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Shannyn Sossamon is an American actress, director, and musician who is best known for starring in films such as A Knight’s Tale (2001), 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), and The Rules of Attraction (2002). From 2004 to 2008, she had played drums for and provided backing vocals to the indie rock band Warpaint but had led the group abruptly after recording their debut EP titled Exquisite Corpse (2009). Later that year, she had started directing and producing short films and music videos by creating a production company called Maudegone Theater.
Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon
Shannyn, Shan, Hot Soss
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Shannyn had graduated from the Galena High School in Reno, Nevada, in 1995. The very next day after her graduation, she had moved to Los Angeles to study dance.
Actress, Director, Musician
- Father – Todd Lindberg
- Mother – Sherry Sossamon (Nurse)
- Siblings – Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Lee Lindberg (Younger Sister) (Singer, Bass Guitarist)
- Others – Randy Goldman (Step-Father) (Salesman, Auto Dealership Manager), Chris Cunningham (Ex-Brother-in-Law) (Video Artist, Music Video Director), Ethel Mangalao (Maternal Grandmother)
Indie Rock, Art Rock, Dream Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
- Manimal Vinyl
- Rough Trade Records
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Shannyn has dated –
- Paolo Keppella (1998-1999)
- Dallas Clayton (2002-2004) – Shannyn began dating American children’s book author and illustrator Dallas Clayton in 2002 and they have a son together named Audio Science Clayton (b. May 29, 2003). The couple had parted ways in 2004.
- André Benjamin (2003) – Shannyn had reportedly had a short-lived fling with rapper André Benjamin aka André 3000 in 2003 when they were cast in the lead roles in a movie titled Memphis which was eventually shelved.
- Joaquin Phoenix (2005-2006) – Rumor
- Eugene Goreshter (2006)
- Tygh Runyan (2010)
- Richard Purser – Shannyn has a son named Mortimer Sossamon (b. December 2011) with her former partner Richard Purser.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Asian)
She is of French and Irish descent on her father’s side and Native Hawaiian, Filipino, English, Dutch, and German descent on her mother’s side.
- Petite frame
- Center-parted, neck-length hair
- Charming smile
Shannyn has been featured in the TV commercials for –
- GAP Jeans (2001)
- Martini (2008) with George Clooney
Shannyn Sossamon Facts
- Shannyn, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, was raised by her mother primarily in Reno, Nevada after her parents had got divorced when she was 5 years old. Consequently, she had taken her mother’s surname as her last name instead of her father’s.
- She had replaced the letter ‘o’ with the letter ‘y’ in her birthname of Shannon in 1995, the year of her high school graduation.
- In 1999, she was assisting a friend who was working as a DJ for actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her younger brother Jake’s joint birthday party (the siblings have a birthday just 1 day apart). It was at that event that she was discovered by casting director Francine Maisler who was then casting for the starring role in the medieval adventure comedy film titled A Knight’s Tale (2001). It became Shannyn’s first feature film and a breakthrough in her acting career.
Featured Image by Shannyn Sossamon / Instagram