Lean, strikingly featured, and appealing to both male and female audiences, actress Katherine Moennig did not shy away from characters with strong sexual identities over the course of her career. Her...
Played a bisexual magazine writer in the Showtime series "The L Word"
Played a teenage girl posing as a boy in order to attend a tony New England prep school in "Young Americans" (The WB), a spin-off of "Dawson's Creek"
Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Began acting at age ten, debuting in a production of "Winnie the Pooh" at the Children's Theatre Workshop; wrote and directed an improvised version of the play and performed it at Philadelphia's Free Library (date approximate)
Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"
Did behind the scenes theater work at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where her aunt and cousin frequently worked
Appeared in a music video by the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace
Will star in Peter Morris' "Guardians" off-Broadway
Acted in a production of "As You Like It" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring her cousin Gwyneth Paltrow
Had a small part in Lasse Hallström's "The Shipping News"
Lean, strikingly featured, and appealing to both male and female audiences, actress Katherine Moennig did not shy away from characters with strong sexual identities over the course of her career. Her first notices came while playing a young woman who masquerades as a boy in order to attend an all-male school in the short-lived WB series "Young Americans" (2000); three years later, she found more substantial fame as the self-destructive Shane McCutcheon on "The L Word" (Showtime, 2003- ). Her androgynous looks and choices of roles led many in the press to speculate about Moennig's own sexuality. That she skirted the issue in interviews seemed to indicate that Moennig had something to hide, but in reality, it only added to her appeal with viewers.
Moennig on the androgynous look she has adopted for her role on "Young Americans": "I've gone out as myself, as Kate, and people have thought I've been a guy. And it throws me off a bit. But that's kinda good because it does throw me off. I'm not used to it so I just play along with it and it gives me something to work with." --to TV Guide.com, July 26, 2000.