Sofia Shinas

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Sofia Shinas
Born Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Actress, Director
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner (1992)

Sofia Shinas is a Greek Canadian[1] television and film actress and director who began her professional career in the entertainment industry as a recording artist. She is best known for her hit single, "The Message", and her role as Eric Draven's murdered fiancée, Shelly, in The Crow.


As a musician[edit]

In 1992, Shinas released her debut, eponymously titled album on Warner Bros. Records. She co-wrote every song and worked with various noted producers and remixers, including Steve Peck, Daniel Abraham (record producer), Mitch Kaplan, Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Roger Sanchez, Tommy Musto, Ben Grosse and Boris Granich.[2]

Her first single, "The Message", reached #20 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play chart and was a crossover pop hit, peaking at #75 on the Hot 100 chart. The second single, "One Last Kiss", didn't fare well enough to chart at all, except in her native Canada, where it became a minor hit. Her third and last single, "State of Mind", peaked at #16 on the Dance/Club Play chart.[3] Shinas left the music business to pursue an acting career and has yet to release another album.

As an actress[edit]

Shinas made her film debut in the 1994 action thriller The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. The film was a box office success and, since its release, has become a cult favorite.[4] After The Crow, Shinas landed a role opposite Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski in Terminal Velocity. In 1995, she starred alongside C. Thomas Howell in the independent action/drama, Hourglass. Two years later, Shinas again co-starred with Howell in the 1997 action film, Dilemma. In addition to her film work, she has appeared in two episodes of the TV series The Outer Limits (in the "Valerie 23" and "Mary 25" episodes) and an episode of The Hunger.


In 2008, Shinas graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles, California where she directed a film titled Spring Eternal as a thesis project.[5] Her first feature as director was the thriller, My Stepdaughter, released in August 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Fluent in English, Hebrew, and Greek, the Canadian director often travels from her Hollywood home to between Canada and overseas. She has four cats and a dog and is a passionate animal welfare advocate and wildlife conservationist. She is particularly interested in big cats and has worked with captive tigers as an animal handler.


Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Crow Shelly Webster
Terminal Velocity Broken Legs Max
1995 Hourglass Dara Jensen
1996 Ripper Man Gena
Dilemma Lydia Cantrell
1997 Hostile Intent Gina Alternative title: Lethal Games
2000 Red Shoe Diaries 12: Girl on a Bike Woman on Train Segment: "Borders of Salt"
2004 Planet of the Pitts Fay Kennedy NBC News Anchor
2016 DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse Rosabel
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Red Shoe Diaries Woman on Train 1 episode
1998 The Hunger Claire 1 episode
1995–1998 The Outer Limits Mary 25/Valerie 23 2 episodes



  • 1992: Sofia Shinas


  • 1992: "The Message"
  • 1992: "One Last Kiss"
  • 1992: "State of Mind (You Make Me Feel Good)"


  1. ^ Appleford, Steve (1992-11-01). "Debut Album Presents Sofia Shinas Reconnected With Her Funky Soul". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Sofia Shinas: Album credits". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Sofia Shinas Chart History". Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ McDonnell, Jen (2008-07-17). "The Show Must Go On". The Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  5. ^ Ishizuka, LiAnn (2008-05-16). "Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2008: Seasons of Love short films". Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 

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