Fast five with SHANNYN SOSSAMON
This TV scream queen dials up the scares with horror flick Sinister 2
Name Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon
Born Oct 3, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Filmography A Knight's Tale (2001), 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), The Rules of Attraction (2002), The Order (2003), The Holiday (2006), Catacombs (2007), One Missed Call (2008), Wayward Pines TV series (2015), Sleepy Hollow TV series (2015)
1 PROMISING START
Of Hawaiian, French, Dutch, Irish, Filipino, and German descent, Sossamon relocated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after graduating from high school and took up gigs as a DJ. It was at a Hollywood party where she met a casting agent that led to her breakout role as the late Heath Ledger's lady love in A Knight's Tale in 2001.
2 SCREAM QUEEN
The 36-year-old appears to be a magnet for scary movies, having starred in five horror flicks, including her latest, Sinister 2, which opens here tomorrow.
The brunette beauty, who took time off in the mid-2000s after having her first child, has seen a career surge lately in supernatural TV series such as Wayward Pines and Sleepy Hollow.
3 THE HORROR, THE HORROR
In Sinister 2, Sossamon plays Courtney Collins, the protective mum of nine-year-old twin boys Dylan and Zach, who relocates to the country to evade her abusive husband. But unknown to her, their new rural house is marked for death.
"I'd done a couple of horror films and really didn't ever want to do another because they're draining, but this script was very good," she said.
"Courtney is very disturbed when she sees one of the boys behaving in a manner that reminds her of (their) father. She doesn't think, 'it's paranormal'. Instead, she is haunted by the real-life roots."
4 CREEPED OUT
As with most horror flicks, something strange did happen on the set of Sinister 2.
She told Details: "I was hit on the head by a flying prop during the shoot. It was one of those freak things, and it was in a scene where everything was being moved around by unseen forces. So that was weird."
She "believes in the unseen", especially after having filmed Sinister 2, which "brings the (supernatural) to a much more heightened place".
"I've always been someone who is comfortable with the unknown. I don't question it too much."
5 MATERNAL INSTINCTS
The drama which Courtney goes through felt very real to Sossamon, as she also has two sons, aged 12 and three.
She told Details: "I love being a mother. The best way I've ever heard being a parent described is that it's like your heart all of a sudden has little legs and is free to walk around."
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