“For actors, every time we do a new role, it's kind of like entering into a new sandbox. The only thing that you can hope for is that the person on the other side of the sandbox is willing to bounce the ball back to you.” Stana Katic
Canadian born actress Stana Katic acquired notice through multi episode appearances in the hit TV series “The Shield” (2004, as Ayla), “24” (2006, as Collette Stenger) and “Heroes” (2007, as Hana Gitelman). Currently, she stars as devoted detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series “Castle” (2009), opposite Nathan Fillion. The naturally brown haired beauty has also guest starred in TV series such as “Alias,” “JAG,” “The Closer,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “CSI: Miami” and acted in the TV film “The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice” (2008) and the miniseries “Would Be Kings” (2008). Making her feature acting debut in “Shut-Eye” (2003), Katic has since appeared in Jesse V. Johnson's “Pit Fighter” (2005), Katherine Torpey's “Truth About Kerry” (2006), Robert Benton's “Feast of Love” (2007), Nick Vallelonga's “Stiletto” (2008), the 22nd James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” (2008) and “The Spirit” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
“They educated us. They inspired us. They challenged us. We challenged them. They let us travel. They gave us lessons, piano, ballet, karate, and so on. They are ambitious. They're fabulous parents and I'm really fortunate to have them.” Stana Katic
The eldest of six siblings, Stana Kati was born on April 26, 1978, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to Serbian parents who were originally from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. She later relocated with her family to Aurora, Illinois. The following years found her alternating between the U.S. and Canada.
Stana graduated from West Aurora Senior High School in Aurora, Illinois, in 1996. She then went to the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, where she studied acting. Stana also studied at Columbia College and in Los Angeles and trained in belly dancing at the Canadian Royal Dance Academy. She also took Karate in Chicago and once majored in Biology and International Law at the University of Toronto.
Stana speaks fluent Italian, French, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovenian and is a citizen of both the U.S. and Canada. Her hobbies include baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer, yoga, horseback riding and softball.
Stana's family owns a real estate and furniture business.
Quantum of Solace
“Acting was always the focus. It's weird, I was asked as a little kid by parents' friends, 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' I think I was four years old and I said, 'I want to be an actress.' I always knew.” Stana Katic
Stana Katic had her first taste in front of the film camera in 1999 when she was invited by a friend of hers to appear in the Canadian short “Acid Freak,” directed and written by Philippe H. Bergeron. She also participated in as many plays as possible. In 2003, Katic made her feature acting debut in “Shut-Eye,” a dark contemporary gangster drama helmed and written by local Chicago filmmaker John Covert, who also starred as Ed. In the movie, she played the supporting role of Angela.
Katic branched out to the small screen the following year by appearing in episodes of the CBS short-lived drama series “The Handler” (starred Joe Pantoliano), the J.J. Abrams-created “Alias,” “Dragnet,” which starred Ed O'Neill as Joe Friday, and the CBS legal drama series “JAG.” She then received a recurring role on the prime-time FX police drama series “The Shield” (still in 2004), playing Ayla.
In 2005, Katic resumed her film career by playing Marianne in “Pit Fighter,” for filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson. Costars of the action movie included Dominiquie Vandenberg, Steven Bauer, Fernando Carrillo and Stephen Graham. She quickly returned to television with a one episode role in “The Closer” and a two episode appearance in the popular medical series “ER” (as Blaire Collins, 2005). The green-eyed actress gained further notice on television with her recurring role of Collette Stenger on the Fox hit series “24” (2006). The same year, she also appeared in the TV series pilot “Faceless,” directed by Joe Carnahan, and in an episode of “Brothers & Sisters” called “Patriarchy” (as Karen Wells). She then starred as best friend Emma in the mystery film “Truth About Kerry,” which was scripted and directed by Katherine Torpey, and supporting Federico Castelluccio, Aaron Hendry and Dion Basco in the made-for-TV film “Dragon Dynasty.”
Katic's popularity rose in 2007 when she was hired to portray Hana Gitelman on the NBC science fiction series “Heroes,” created by Tim Kring. She was featured in the episodes “Unexpected” and “Five Years Gone.” Subsequent TV appearances included the “CSI: Miami” episode “Deep Freeze” and the “The Unit” episode “Binary Explosion” (both also 2007), where she played Rita Sullivan and special agent Deborah Lane, respectively. In 2007, she also got a prominent film role in Robert Benton's drama “Feast of Love,” where she was cast as the lesbian lover named Jenny. The film, which starred big names like Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear, earned mixed reviews and debuted at No. 12 at the box office. On practicing lesbian sex scenes with Selma Blair, she revealed, “We rehearsed our love scene quite a bit in a private room together. We both looked at the bed, looked at each other and walked into the room and went at it. As a kisser, I would say Selma was very titillating. It was my first time kissing a woman and I had a great time with her, but I reconfirmed to myself that I'm 100 per cent heterosexual.”
Katic next worked with Robert Forster, Natasha Henstridge, Currie Graham and Ben Bass on the TV miniseries “Would Be Kings,” which was broadcasted in Canada in 2008. The show won a 2008 Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Award for Picture Editing - Television Movie/Mini-Series and Gemini nominations for Best Dramatic Mini-Series and Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. She then offered a remarkable portrayal of Raina, a Russian assassin, on the action film “Stiletto,” opposite Tom Berenger, Michael Biehn, Kelly Hu, Tom Sizemore and William Forsythe. Directed by Nick Vallelonga, the movie premiered at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on April 29, 2008.
Later that same year, Katic was cast as Corrine Veneau, a Canadian Intelligence Service Agent, on “Quantum of Solace,” the second James Bond film to star Daniel Craig as 007, and was featured as rookie cop Morgenstern in the comic book adaptation “The Spirit,” which was directed by Frank Miller and starred Gabriel Macht, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Paz Vega, Jaime King, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. She also costarred with Noah Wyle and Bruce Davison in the made-for-TV film sequel “The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice,” which was directed by Jonathan Frakes. Recalling about working on “Quantum of Solace,” she said, “It was a blast! I really wanted to be a part of that film and was up for the role of Strawberry Fields originally, but they felt I wasn't right for it, plus I didn't want to play someone who got killed and everyone gets killed in that bloody movie!”
In March 2009, Katic began her regular role on the ABC mid-season replacement series “Castle,” created by Andrew W. Marlowe. In the series, she stars as detective Kate Beckett, opposite Nathan Fillion as famous mystery novelist Richard Castle. The show has been renewed for a second season that will begin on September 21, 2009. Commenting about working on the show, she stated, “That's a whole new experience, the TV world and the hours you put into TV versus film. We're shooting 10 pages in a day. We're there from 12 to 17 hours in a day and that's crazy for me. And you have to be on because you're in every shot. It was definitely a stamina builder but I enjoyed it so much and I learned so much, but I can't walk away from it without saying how lucky I am.”
Katic will appear with Jason Behr, Jesse James and Michael Reilly Burke in the TV series pilot “Company Man,” which is slated to broadcast in the U.S. in 2010.