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Shannyn Sossamon is the voice actress of Jade Nguyen in the latest entry of the Hitman series, Hitman: Absolution. She also well known for being an actress, musician and dancer, and has performed in a variety of different mediums throughout her career.

Biography

Early life

Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon was born 3rd October 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Sherry Sossamon, a nurse, and Todd Lindberg; her mother later re-married Randy Goldstein. She grew up in Reno, Nevada, and attended Galena High School there. She is of French, Hawaiian, Dutch, English, Irish, Filipino and German descent; her maternal grandmother is Hawaiian-Filipino, and her maternal grandfather is English-German. The "y" in her first name was an adolescent alteration in 1995. The day after her high school graduation, Sossamon moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in dance.[1]

Sossamon appeared in television commercials and had DJ gigs in local clubs. In 1999, Sossamon was discovered by casting director Francine Maisler, while assisting a friend DJ at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party.

Personal life

With Dallas Clayton, she has a son, Audio Science Clayton, born on May 29, 2003. Shannyn continues to study acting, music and dance. She also plays drums in a band called Warpaint, with her sister Jennifer Lindberg and two friends Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokal. They plan to release their first EP soon. [2]

Notable Roles

She starred in the films A Knight's Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Wristcutters: A Love Story, "The Order" and One Missed Call. Sossamon also had a starring role in the CBS's vampire drama, Moonlight.

Career

Filmography

  • A Knight's Tale (film)|A Knight's Tale (2001)
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
  • The Rules of Attraction (film)|The Rules of Attraction (2002)
  • Wholey Moses SHORT(2003)
  • The Order (2003 film)|The Order (2003)
  • Devour (2005)
  • Chasing Ghosts (2005)
  • I Hate You SHORT (2005)
  • Undiscovered (2005)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
  • Catacombs (2007 film)|Catacombs (2007)
  • The Holiday (film)|The Holiday (2006)
  • One Missed Call (2008 film)|One Missed Call (2008)
  • The Heavy (2008)

Television appearances

  • Moonlight (TV series)|Moonlight as Coraline/Morgan (2007)
  • Dirt (TV series)|Dirt as Kira Klay (2007)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Episode "Doubt" (2004) as Myra Dempsey
  • Mr. Show - Episode "Flat Top Tony and the Purple Canoes" (1997)
  • Mr. Show - Episode "Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Dice" (1997) .... Trophy presenter

Television commercials

  • Gap (clothing)|Gap: "Khakis Swing" directed by Matthew Rolston (1998)
  • Gap Denim: "Scratch" directed by Paul Hunter (2001)
  • Kmart
  • Eastman Kodak|Kodak
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pepsi

Trivia

  • Hitman: Absolution is the first video game she has provided her voice to.
  • Sossamon has 3 tattoos, including an S with a flower on her right back shoulder, and an "S" backward on her left shoulder.
  • She appeared in the music video for the song "Believe" by Cher.

External links

Video

Hitman Absolution Powers Boothe & Shannyn Sossamon Interview US05:04

Hitman Absolution Powers Boothe & Shannyn Sossamon Interview US

Video showing some of Sossamon’s work in Hitman: Absolution

References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0815370/bio
  2. shannyn-sossamon.com.

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