|Born||January 5th, 1975
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, Actress, Director|
Sofia Shinas is a Greek Canadian 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 Brandon Lee's murdered fiancée, Shelly, in The Crow.
As a Musician
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.
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. Shinas left the music business to pursue an acting career and has yet to release another album.
As an Actress
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. Shinas witnessed the accident that led to Lee's death and left production by going back home to Los Angeles. 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 would again co-star with Howell in the 1997 action film, Dilemma. In addition to her film work, she has also appeared in two episodes of the TV serie 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 as a thesis project, a film starring Jude Narita and Sebastian Segiel entitled Spring Eternal. Her first feature as director was the thriller My Stepdaughter, released in August 2015.
Fluent in English, Hebrew and Greek, the Canadian director often travels from her Hollywood home over seas and between Canada and the US. 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.
|1994||The Crow||Shelly Webster|
|Terminal Velocity||Broken Legs Max|
|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||Completed; in post-production|
|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)"
- Appleford, Steve (1992-11-01). "Debut Album Presents Sofia Shinas Reconnected With Her Funky Soul". Los Angeles Times.
- "Sofia Shinas: Album credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- "Sofia Shinas Chart History". allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- McDonnell, Jen (2008-07-17). "The Show Must Go On". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- Ishizuka, LiAnn (2008-05-16). "Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2008: Seasons of Love short films". Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- Sofia Shinas at the Internet Movie Database
- Sofia Shinas discography at Discogs
- Sofia Shinas at AllMusic
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