She Played Jocelyn in A Knight’s Tale. See Shannyn Sossamon Now at 44.

Shannyn Sossamon - A Knights Tale

Shannyn Sossamon burst onto the Hollywood scene in the early 2000s with breakout roles in films like A Knight’s Tale and 40 Days and 40 Nights. With her striking looks, ethereal screen presence, and undeniable acting chops, she seemed destined for stardom. However, after a few high-profile roles, Sossamon stepped back from the spotlight. What ever happened to this talented actress and what has she been up to lately? Let’s delve into her life, career, and recent activities.

Background Information and Early Roles

Born on October 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shannyn Sossamon grew up in Reno, Nevada. Her ancestry includes Irish, French, Dutch, Hawaiian-Filipino, German, and English roots. After graduating high school at age 17, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the creative arts, focusing initially on dance.

A Knight’s Tale

Shannyn Sossamon - A Knights Tale

Sossamon’s entry into Hollywood was almost serendipitous. In 1999, she was spotted by a casting agent while helping a DJ friend at Gwyneth Paltrow’s birthday party. This led to an audition for “A Knight’s Tale,” where she beat out competition, including Kate Hudson.

A Knight’s Tale follows the story of William Thatcher, a peasant who poses as a knight to compete in jousting tournaments.

Shannyn Sossamon plays Lady Jocelyn, William’s love interest, portraying a strong and independent character that challenges traditional medieval roles.

The film was notable for its blend of modern music with a medieval setting, earning over $117 million at the box office.

While critics were mixed in their reviews, often pointing to anachronistic elements, audiences generally appreciated the film’s entertaining approach, and it has since gained a cult following.

Shannyn Sossamon - 40 Days and 40 Nights

After her breakout role in “A Knight’s Tale,” Shannyn Sossamon continued to build her acting stock and appeared in 40 Days and 40 Nights opposite Josh Hartnett.

She continued this momentum with acclaimed performances in 2002’s Roger Dodger and Rules of Attraction. By 2003, she had top billing in the studio thriller The Order. Within just a few years, Sossamon had gone from unknown to starring in major Hollywood features.

Career Slowdown

Shannyn Sossamon’s career trajectory took a significant turn after she gave birth to her son in 2003. While she was riding a wave of success in the early 2000s, her career came to a “total stop” after her pregnancy.

In an interview with UPROXX, Sossamon described this period as a “blessing in disguise,” emphasizing the joy of motherhood and the birth of her beautiful son.

She describes this period as a blessing that grounded her and led her to explore different artistic mediums, including writing, directing, and music.

Despite the slowdown, she continued to work in various roles, including well-received indies and TV series, and expressed her love for acting and her desire to have fun and do work that makes her happy.

Middle Career

In the mid-2000s, Sossamon transitioned to more indie-style films as her fame peaked. She starred in quirky romantic dramedies like Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) and also appeared in several horror films like One Missed Call (2008) and The Day (2011). She had a supporting part in the 2015-16 TV series Sleepy Hollow.

Shannyn Sossamon - Sinister 2

Sossamon played a leading role in the horror film “Sinister 2,” released in 2015. She portrayed the character Courtney Collins, a mother hiding with her twin sons from an abusive husband.

The film follows her family as they become entangled in a series of supernatural events linked to the malevolent spirit Bughuul. Her involvement in “Sinister 2” marked a notable entry in her acting career within the horror genre.

What is Shannyn Sossamon Doing Now?

Shannyn Sossamon now

In recent years, Shannyn Sossamon has been acting in a variety of independent and small budget films across different genres.

In 2022, she appeared in two films, portraying Leah Chaudhry in “Grimcutty” and Inez in “There Are No Saints.” The previous year, in 2021, she took on the role of Liz Corksey in “High Holiday.” Her work also includes a short film titled “The Hour After Westerly,” where she played ‘The Woman’ in 2019, and a 2018 appearance as Liz Beth Stevens in “Ghost Light.”

Shannyn Sossamon now

Sossamon has also been actively involved in a new and personal project called “The Maude Room.” This project is described as a “little picture show theater” and is an upcoming series of various short videos that Sossamon and her friends have put together. The aim is to bring back the magic that many aspiring filmmakers and performers cling to in a challenging industry.

“The Maude Room” is part of an upcoming device application called “Picture Show City,” which hopes to connect film lovers and creative minds in a way that’s often lost in the business side of Hollywood. Sossamon’s passion for making short experimental videos and her dissatisfaction with the Hollywood system led her to this creative venture. She also expressed her love for Instagram and how it inspired the idea for “The Maude Room” and the “Picture Show City” app.

Additionally, Sossamon has been reflecting on her career and the direction she wants to take. She mentioned a realization that acting might be more of a hobby for her, and she has been working on turning her life in a different direction. Her focus is now on creating a new system that aligns with her spirit and allows her to be in charge of her creativity.

Other Interests

Shannyn Sossamon’s involvement in the music industry is multifaceted and extends beyond her acting career. She was a member of the band Warpaint, where she played drums and provided vocals until she left in 2008. Sossamon also directed a music video for the band and has appeared in several other music videos for various artists.

Her connection to music is deeply personal, and she has often expressed how music is an essential part of her life and artistic expression.

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