Katherine Moenning


December 29, 1976

Pennslyvaina, Phillidelphia, United States



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Katherine Moennig (b. December 29, 1977) is an American actress best known for her role as Shane McCuctheon in The L Word


Prior to The L Word, Katerine Moenning made her television debut as the elusive Jake Pratt in Young Americans, a girl masquerading as a boy at the all-male Rawley Academy. Kate also and played a transsexual on Law and Order. She auditioned for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry.  

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Katherine Moennig was born December 29, 1977 and grew up in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of a Broadway dancer and a violin maker. She is also the niece of actress Blythe Danner and cousin of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow.Katherine Moennig preferred climbing trees and skateboarding to playing with tea sets as a tomboy growing up in Philadelphia, PA. The daughter of a Broadway dancer mother and a violin maker father, Moennig was primed to perform at an early age. She first stepped on stage at 10 years old in a Children's Theatre Workshop production of "Winnie the Pooh" and opted to expand the experience by writing and directing an improvised version of "Pooh" with a friend. The duo performed their original production at Philadelphia's Free Library. She continued doing school productions before moving to New York and entering the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Within two months of graduation, she landed an apprenticeship at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival and acquired a wealth of experience working behind the scenes. During a second stint at Williamstown, she appeared in a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." In her leisure time, the young actress enjoys sleeping late, spending time with friends and walking around New York City. The New York Post's Page Six gossip column reported in April 2005 that Kate Moennig and Francesca Gregorini, ex of , were spotted ‘canoodling’ at a party at for Paper magazine’s ‘Beautiful People’ issue, in “full view of guests." When asked if playing a lesbian might change people's perceptions of homosexuality, Kate Moennig replied in Girlfriends Magazine: "I certainly hope so, I mean, considering the day and age that we're in, and all the crap that we deal with. Even if people aren't initially open to it, I would hope this would give them some insight, help them to realize that love is love, you know?" Katherine Moennig refuses to discuss her sexual orientation with the press or public. In an interview with The Advocate she said, "We [actors] want to keep that personal life sacred, because that's what's most important at the end of the day."