Shannon Marie Kahololani “Shannyn” Sossamon, is an American actress, director, and musician. She has appeared in the films A Knight’s Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights, The Rules of Attraction, The Order, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Holiday, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Road to Nowhere, The End of Love, and Sinister 2.
Shannyn is of Irish, French, Dutch, Hawaiian-Filipino, German and English ancestry. Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Sossamon spent most of her youth at a local dance studio. After graduating high school, at age 17, she decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a life in the creative arts.
As a musician, she provided vocals and drums to Warpaint from 2004 to 2008. She abruptly left the group after recording their first EP. Sossamon’s sole recording with the band is the 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse.
In 2009, Sossamon began directing and producing shorts and music videos through her small production company, the Maudegone Theater. In 2019 she created a video channel called THE MAUDE ROOM, a variety show in which she serves as writer, director, and performer.