Shannyn Sossamon Was Hollywood’s Next Big Thing – But Then She Totally Vanished From The Spotlight

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Sossamon told the Los Angeles Times newspaper in 2008, “I never dreamed of being a professional dancer. It was more like I just love to do this. It wasn’t clear what I wanted, but I was fine with that. I had never… needed a plan. I’m really good at feeling safe in the unknown.”

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Sossamon continued to study dance whilst working as a DJ. However, it wasn’t long before acting became a viable option for the young upstart, and incredibly, it was during a night spinning records at a birthday party for Gwyneth Paltrow when it all began. She was spotted by a casting director who took a leap of faith by setting up an audition for her.

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That audition just happened to be the Heath Ledger-fronted adventure-comedy A Knight’s Tale. Speaking to IGN in 2001, Sossamon explained, “I was always interested in doing it [acting], but I was so content with my life that I didn’t really go after it.”

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