Sonja starred in her first major film role in the Canadian feature film PUNCH. For her performance she was awarded Best Actress by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and received a special Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film and Video. After the success of PUNCH, Sonja was cast in series lead roles on such shows as Cold Squad and Godiva’s (both of which earned her Leo and Gemini nominations), as well as roles in numerous features including CONTROL ALT DELETE directed by Cameron Labine; ELEGY in which she appeared opposite Dennis Hopper and Ben Kingsley; WHERE THE TRUTH LIES directed by Atom Egoyan; and FIDO in which she acted opposite Billy Connolly and Tim Blake Nelson. She also had starring roles in FATHERS AND SONS; CATCH AND RELEASE (in which she appeared opposite Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, and Kevin Smith); DONOVAN’S ECHO (opposite Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood); IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (Leo nomination); RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE (Leo nomination), COLE (for which she received both a Genie and a Leo nomination); and YOUNG PEOPLE FUCKING, for which she won the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2010, Sonja decided to apply some of what she learned from ten years making films in front of the camera to and took up screenwriting. Her first screenplay, CHRISTMAS IS FOR CATS, was awarded an honorable mention in the Praxis feature film screenplay competition. PREGGOLAND, Sonja’s second script was supported by Movie Central, Telefilm Canada and was selected for the Telefilm/CFC Comedy Exchange.
The film had a theatrical release in May 2015 with James Caan and Danny Trejo in lead roles opposite Sonja. Preggoland premiered as a special presentation at TIFF, was awarded “most popular film” at VIFF, was nominated for “best BC film” by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, won “most popular film” at the Omaha film festival and “best screenplay” at the Fargo film festival as well as receiving Leo nominations for Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Film.
Since then, Sonja has continued acting, most notably on MISTRESSES, ANDROID EMPLOYED (Leo nomination for best actor in a comedy) and the film KAYAK TO KLEMTU (Leo win for best supporting actress in a feature film.)
At the same time she had began a career writing for television. In the last two years Sonja has written on KIM’S CONVENIENCE for CBC (Leo win for best screenwriting in a comedy), GHOST WARS for Netflix and LETTERKENNY for Crave/Hulu. She also created a web series for Telus called SUNNYHEARTS CC for which she received a Leo nomination for best web series and was the winner of best screenwriting at the HollyWeb Festival.
Sonja is currently developing a one hour family drama called SUCKLINGS with Amaze Film + Television Productions.