Katherine Moennig
Birth Date:
December 29, 1976
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 8" (1.73 m)
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“It's scary how well we all got along. It was this family that was formed in matter of six weeks while filming the pilot.” Katherine Moennig on the cast of “The L-Word”

Actress Katherine Moennig is recognized for her roles of Jacqueline (Jake) Pratt in “Young Americans” (The WB, 2000), which was a spin-off of the series “Dawson's Creek,” and Shane McCutcheon on “The L Word” (Showtime, 2004-2009). She has also acted in several movies, including “Love the Hard Way,” “The Shipping News” (both 2001), “Invitation to a Suicide” (2004), “Art School Confidential” (2006), Kirk Jones’ “Everybody’s Fine,” with Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale, and appeared in ten episodes of the series “Three Rivers” (2009). She made her off-Broadway debut in 2006's “Guardian,” by Peter Morris.

Off camera, Moennig has trained in fencing and states she would become a marine biologist or join the FBI if she were not an actress. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a doorman.


Childhood and Family:

Katherine Sian Moennig was born on December 29, 1977, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and violin maker William Moennig. She is a first cousin of actresses Hillary Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow and the niece of producer Bruce Paltrow, actress Blythe Danner and actor Harry Danner. Growing up surrounded by relatives in the entertainment industry led Katherine to pursue acting from an early age. After high school, she moved to New York City to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Kate, as close friends and family call her, was a bit of a tomboy as a child and enjoyed climbing tress and skateboarding with friends.

Young Americans


Katherine Moennig got her first taste of acting at age 10 when she landed a role in a Children's Theatre Workshop presentation of “Winnie the Pooh.” After the performance, she and a friend wrote an improvised production of the story and performed it at Philadelphia's Free Library. After graduating high school, Moennig made her way to New York City to study at the elite American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In New York City, she also began modeling and performed on stage.

Moennig received an apprenticeship to the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival within two months of her graduation from AADA. During a two season tenure with the festival, she received extensive exposure working on such plays as “The Theory of Total Blame,” “Comedy of Art,” “Morning in the City” and “As You Like It.” In a production of Shakespeare's “As You Like It” in 1999, she had the opportunity to act with her cousin Gwyneth Paltrow. Her first commercial victory came with the starring role in the music video “Is Anybody Home,” which was shot in Toronto for the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace in 1999. She went on to make her film acting debut in 2000's “The Ice People,” a short directed by Susanne Oberbeck.

However, Moennig did not experience a defining moment in her career until July 2000 when she landed the reoccurring role of Jacqueline Pratt, a girl pretending to be a boy in order to attend a renowned all-boy’s school, on The WB series “Young Americans,” opposite Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Mark Famiglietti and Rodney Scott. The show lasted 8 episodes.

2001 proved to be a busy year for Moennig. After starring with Jimmi Simpson in the award winning short “Slo-Mo,” by director John Krokidas, she supported Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna and Jon Seda in the dramatic film “Love the Hard Way,” which was adapted by Peter Sehr from the novel “Yi Ban Shi Huo Yan, Yi Ban Shi Hai Shui” by Wang Shuo. She also appeared with Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett on the Lasse Hallström directed film “The Shipping News.” On the small screen, she appeared in an episode of the NBC hit “Law and Order,” playing Melissa Cobin.

Moennig resurfaced on the small screen in 2003 when she landed a guest spot on the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Fallacy,” in which she portrayed a preoperative transsexual character. In early 2004, she was thrust in the limelight when she began her regular role of Shane McCutcheon, a hairdresser who goes from one girl to another, on the Showtime series “The L Word” (2004-2009). Costars of the popular series included Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Sarah Shahi and Mia Kirshner. Later that same year, Moennig played a supporting role in the comedy “Invitation to a Suicide,” which starred Pablo Schreiber and was written and directed by Loren Marsh. It premiered at the AFI Film Festival in November 2004 and was seen at the Aspen Comedy Festival in February 2005. She returned to the big screen in 2006 with a minor role in a film adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel “Art School Confidential,” playing Candice. John Malkovich also appeared in the film as Professor Sandiford and Anjelica Huston as a teacher. Also in 2006, Moennig made her off-Broadway debut in Peter Morris' “Guardian,” a play about scandal at a military prison in Iraq. In the play, she portrayed a young American Army soldier. She also appeared in Kirk Jones’ “Everybody’s Fine” with Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale and in ten episodes of the series “Three Rivers” (2009)


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