Few actresses of recent years were as hotly tipped for the top as Shannyn Sossamon. Having been spotted by a casting director, the distinctive performer quickly shot to fame with a breakthrough role in A Knight’s Tale alongside Heath Ledger. But while Ledger went on to star in films including The Dark Knight (which features on our list of “The 25 Best Action Movies On Netflix Right Now”), the Hawaiian-born leading lady has virtually vanished from the public spotlight. So, what happened?
Not every performer aspires to stage or screen from an early age. A good example of someone who never allowed acting aspirations to dominate her path through life is Shannyn Sossamon. While she did ultimately pursue an acting career, her journey began on a different course.