Shannyn Sossamon

by ethnic on March 26, 2008

Birth Name: Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 3, 1978

Ethnicity: Native Hawaiian, Filipino, German, English, French, Dutch, Irish

Shannyn Sossamon is an American actress and musician. She has appeared in the films The Holiday, The Heavy, and One Missed Call. She has Native Hawaiian, Filipino, German, English, French, Dutch, and Irish ancestry.

Shannyn changed her name from “Shannon” to “Shannyn” in high school. The surname “Sossamon” is German.

Shannyn’s paternal grandmother is likely named Ingrid.

Shannyn’s maternal grandmother is Ethel Mangalao (the daughter of Meliton/Meleton Mangalao and Helen Ahialani Uina). Meliton was born in the Philippines. Helen was born in Hawaii, of Hawaiian descent, and was the daughter of John Uina and Keala Mary Kaaimoku/Kaiamoku/Kauaohilo.


Shannyn’s maternal great-grandparents, Meliton/Meleton Mangalao and Helen Ahialani Uina, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Shannyn’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Ahialani (Uina) Mangalao –

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Hill July 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

I guessed half French half Asian.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

she could easily pass for IRANIAN

Hill July 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

heheh good one

bablah April 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

Looks like it might have been a little chilly in that pic.

andrew August 22, 2015 at 8:55 am

in this picture she looks like a French woman

thomas1987 August 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

I thought that she looks French too.I would never guess she’s mixed, she looks only white.

qutsflyd August 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Well, the racial admixture fades away if you have less than 15%-10% of ancestry of a certain race…so yes, she’s white.
She has that Audrey Tautou look…so latin, so french…She’s gorgeous.

andrew August 28, 2015 at 6:42 am

she is not fully European and she doesn’t look it in other pics, where the Pacific Islander influence is clear as day.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm


AUDREY TAUTOU is not the average french woman from next door

her ethnicity is also heavily discussed in her country france

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm

??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!! Um not really. She could pass as a Mestizo Mexican. She does not look “only white”. It’s funny as hell when I see comments saying “he/she looks white”, when they’re obviously mixed with something ethnic.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

even on that second pic she does look like a french woman

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Yes i agree with both of you she looks on that photo like an ethnic french woman

but could also pass for IRANIAN

AnonymousPerson January 5, 2014 at 12:02 am

She’s gorgeous. Mixed people are so attractive.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Lmfao, I’ve seen some that were beaten by not only the ugly stick, but the whole damn tree. There’s ugly asses in every racial group.

Hill June 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Mixed people are always more attractive.

neiltennant July 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm

stupid sentence

MAYA RUDOLPH is also mixed

and the word ALWAYS is disgusting

its like you say all asians do eat dog

Todd August 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

To Eric and Company,
You’re taste must be very ordinary or you’re not very knowledgeable about Shannyn Sossamon’s career.

She’s one of my favorite actresses along with Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman and Emma Watson. Simply put, early in her career she was the most uniquely beautiful young woman that I have ever seen. Just google her. Her beauty was beyond my subjective opinion. She was objectively gorgous. Granted my personal taste favors her more than most. She’s also still very beautiful and, aging gracefully and you can see that in the picture above but man in her 20’s she was an absolute vision.

Now as far as her style goes. Well, she has a very relaxed, quaint and pretty style. Very natural. Especially in her 20’s. She’s always had a cool, unique and beautiful hair style. She’s always been famous for her hair. However, she’s clearly always been very artsy which Eric would define as dressing like a hobo.

Personality wise, well I don’t know her and have never met her. But, from all of the films I’ve seen featuring her, the articles I’ve read on her and photos I’ve seen of her she seems quirky and very very lovely. Which I think is a very attractive combination. One thing she is not is stupid. She was a dancer and a DJ. She was a musician. She’s an actress and a director. She’s an artist and every comment I’ve read of hers seems very intelligent.

One thing she doesn’t seem to be is “Hollywood.” Rather she seems artsy. Eric it seems you confuse artsy for attention seeking. She is not overly attention seeking. Her first film was A knight’s Tale. A big budget Hollywood film. Her second another big Hollywood film called 40 days and 40 nights. Shortly after that she filmed The Rules of Attraction. A risqué Indy film. Than The Order with Heath Ledger. Then she became pregnant with her first child. Once he was born she worked at a record store for a while before returning to film making. Name one other Hollywood actress who would humble herself enough to take a job like that after becoming a movie star. That’s just cool. When she entered the industry she was a breathe of fresh air.

Again I don’t know her personally but her beauty was undeniable. Just watch The Order or Rules of Attraction and try to tell I’m wrong with a straight face. She’s clearly very talented. A dancer. A DJ. A drummer. An actresses. A director.
One of my favorite films of hers is Wrist-cutters A Love Story. A heart warming dark romantic comedy.
A great and unique film about suicide, purgatory and love.

She seemed like a very cool, sexy and artsy young woman when she entered the movie business and now she just seems like a wonderful woman and mother.

EatEricRoberts December 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

Quit yo’ jibba jabba!

andrew July 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

That was the longest comment ever released on EC, not even Fuzzybear reached that lenght in his Afrocentrist deliria.

Sims January 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I knew she was part Asian because she’s as mixed as I am. When you are mixed with many Asian and White nationalities you DO end up looking mixed. If you’re mixed with only two things you usually look more Asian, never more White.

Whatever March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

You can’t say never when you don’t know every body who is half white and half Asian. My sons are half Asian, their dad is Scottish. My older son has green eyes. They both DO NOT look Asian at all.

Islander_Miss October 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Yes, Clart, she is the one in A Knight’s Tale.

I love her dark hair, and her eyes! She’s pretty, but I have to agree with the comments about how she dresses, behaves, seems , etc.. It’s obvious her European heritage is strong; I always thought she was just white.

Eric January 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

She dresses like a hobo and acts as if she has a metal disability, I hate these celebrities that purposely dress strangely in vintage sweaters and other “costumes” to make themselves stand out, would it kill them to show some respect and dress appropriately like they should on national television.

From her mannerisms and incessant giggling it would appear that she is either on drugs or has the brain function of a child.

teri February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

@Eric Wow I totally agree with you, I’ve always thought this whenever I see her in a movie, she just seems so AWKWARD and I hate watching her.

It’s a shame because she’s a nice looking girl but comes off like she’s just out of rehab.

over9000 November 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

Maybe she just doesn’t wanna be like every other conservatard out there. Hate to break it to you, but not everyone has the same sense of style, EVEN on “national television”. In fact, she has more self respect than any of the other actresses you see today. You’re about as emotionally retarded as a duck, because any person with the slightest bit of empathy could tell that she is just nervous. Actually, it doesn’t take a smart person to figure that out.

meagan August 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

She was funny in the movie Our Family Wedding even though she only had a little part.Another thing is of all the ethicity she could have been the first thing would not have popped out of my mind was hawaiian but looking at her now I can see a little bit of all her ethic and so…kinda.Its cool that she was born in Hawaii I guess the reason why I say that is because I’m polynesian and raised in Hawaii and would like to see polynesians in the hollywood business more or so.

ethnic August 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

I agree with you Meagan. Bring on the Polynesian talent.

MEAGAN August 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm


meagan September 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

in the hollywood business i mean

over9000 November 6, 2011 at 1:29 am

Hawaiians are Austronesian, just like many other ethnicities in the Pacific Islands. So, she could pass as a part Maori, Indonesian etc. person too.

ethnic January 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

I put up an interview of her instead of a photo. Hope you enjoy it.


katie September 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm

how do i delete a msge my cousin does’nt want her image/link up.

ethnic September 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

Which comment? I can delete it for you.

katie September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

the one at the top of eva longoria by me,my cousin doesnt want a link to her pic.


IM KIRA January 5, 2010 at 2:18 am

one missed call, was terrible.

clart kent January 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

that does not look like her. this is the girl who was in a knights tale right?

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