Kate French

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Kate French
Born Kate Lauren French
(1984-09-23) September 23, 1984 (age 30)
Flemington, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Jon Johnson (2010-present)
Children Henry William Johnson (b.2013)

Kate Lauren French (born September 23, 1984) is an American actress and model. She is perhaps best known for her role as Niki Stevens on The L Word.

Early life[edit]

Kate Lauren French was born in Flemington, New Jersey.[1] Her mother, Joan Gocha, was a model with Ford modeling agency. Her father, William Robinson "Rob" French, was also a model.[citation needed] French spent her childhood years in South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Lambertville, New Jersey. Her family then moved to New York where they settled in Quogue on Long Island. Her mother later married fashion photographer Jim Reiher, who has represented the United States in aerobatics. French attended Westhampton Beach High School where she was a member of the track and field team. She has a younger brother, Scott, as well as a younger half-brother, Hunter, from her mother's remarriage.

Career[edit]

Following in her parents' footsteps, French pursued a career in modeling up until her senior year of high school but always had a passion for acting.[2] She first appeared on the big screen in 2006 with a small cameo role in the film Accepted. French's first appearance on the small screen was in 2006, when French starred alongside Tatum O'Neal in the prime-time telenova soap opera Wicked Wicked Games. In 2007 she landed her breakout role when she joined the cast of The L Word playing closeted lesbian actress, and girlfriend of Jenny Schecter, Niki Stevens, appearing in seasons 5 and 6.[3] French also had a role in the teen drama series South of Nowhere as Sasha Miller, a love interest of Aiden Dennison. French then appeared in two episodes of the teen drama Gossip Girl as Elle, a mysterious nanny.[4] In 2010 French had a recurring role as Renee on One Tree Hill and later had a recurring guest role as Riley Westlake in the Hawaii-set teen drama Beyond The Break. In 2009 French played a supporting role in the independent horror film Sutures and then had a leading role in the independent romantic comedy Language of a Broken Heart, which was selected for the Hollywood Film Festival in 2011. French featured in the rock musical film Girltrash: All Night Long, which is due to be released in 2012. In 2011, French starred alongside Jason Ritter in the short film, Atlantis, a romance film centered around two strangers who fall in love in the lead up to the final launch of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis.[5] and had a leading role in the independent thriller The Red House.[6] French also had a guest role on the television series Up All Night. In 2012, it was announced that French had a supporting role in the independent thriller Channeling.[7] French had a minor role in the indie feminist film Farah Goes Bang directed by Meera Menon. French is attached to the psychological thriller Liquorice.

Other work[edit]

In 2010, French appeared in television advertisements for Bud Light and 7 Up. In 2011, she appeared in advertisements for sunglasses brand Raen Optics. In 2012, French featured in a television commercial for car company GMC.

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, French graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Drama.[8] French had previously studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara but dropped out to start an acting career. She is currently working on her first young-adult fiction novel.[9] After dropping out of college, French lived in San Diego briefly before moving to Los Angeles to start her acting career. French is good friends with writers Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke. In her spare time, French enjoys surfing, water skiing and hiking with her pet dogs. French supports the Surfrider Foundation. In 2008, she appeared alongside comedienne Kathy Griffin in a pro same-sex marriage ad urging California voters to vote against Proposition 8. On September 25, 2010, French married photographer Jon Johnson at her parents' estate in Quogue. She is sometimes featured in his work. They live in Los Angeles.[10] In July 2012, French announced on Twitter that she was pregnant with their first child.[11] On January 12, 2013, she gave birth to a son named Henry William Johnson.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Accepted Glen's Party Girl #2 Cameo
2009 Fired Up! Cute Captain Cameo
2009 Sutures Shannon Supporting role
2010 K Citizen Mindy Short film
Lead role
2011 Language of a Broken Heart Emma Lead role
Nominated – California Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 Atlantis Allison Talbot Short film
Lead role
2012 Girltrash: All Night Long Sid Supporting role
Post-production
2012 The Red House Shelby Gordon Lead role
Post-production
2013 Channeling Tara Supporting role
2013 Farah Goes Bang Katie Supporting role
2014 Liquorice Jade Attached
In-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2007 Wicked Wicked Games Brooke Crawford Telenovela; Supporting role; 50 episodes
2007
2008
South of Nowhere Sasha Miller "Spencer's New Girlfriend" (season 3: episode 4)
"The Truth Hurts" (season 3: episode 5)
"Fighting Crime" (season 3: episode 6)
"Career Day" (season 3: episode 9)
"Love and Kisses" (season 3: episode 12)
2008
2009
The L Word Niki Stevens / Jesse Recurring role; 15 episodes
2009
2012
Gossip Girl Elle "Carnal Knowledge" (season 2: episode 17)
"The Age of Dissonance" (season 2: episode 18)
"The Return of the Ring" (season 5: episode 24)
2009 CSI: Miami Rita "Chip/Tuck" (season 7: episode 21)
2009 Beyond the Break Riley Westlake "All Riled Up" (season 3: episode 11)
"Would I Lie to You?" (season 3: episode 12)
"Wronged" (season 3: episode 13)
"Worked" (season 3: episode 14)
2009 One Tree Hill Renee Recurring role; 7 episodes
2011 Up All Night Jessie "Hiring and Firing" (season 1: episode 9)
2012 Cubicle Cowboy Vicki Overton Pilot
Producer
2013 Major Crimes Jennifer O'Brien "Final Cut" (season 2: episode 1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kate French". Maxim. Retrieved March 9, 2011. "Kate French, Age: 23, Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey" 
  2. ^ Prato, Alison (April 28, 2009). "Bright Lights, Inked City". Inked Magazine (Los Angeles). 
  3. ^ Orange, B.Alan (July 11, 2007). "Kate French Joins Showtime's The L Word". Movie Web. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "GOSSIP GIRL CASTING SCOOP!". OK!. January 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Movie was filmed as space shuttle Atlantis took off from KSC". Orlando Sentinel. July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hallam, Scott (11 April 2012). "Post-Production Wrapping... Prepare for The Red House". Dread Central. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 29, 2012). "Handley joins indie 'Channeling'". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "NYU Tisch Alumni and Faculty Dominate 2013 Tribeca Film Festival". New York University (New York). March 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Priever, Bonnie (February 2009). "KATE FRENCH: L Words to Live By". Campus Circle (Los Angeles). 
  10. ^ "POWER UP 10th Annual Premiere 2010 – Report and Interviews", L Word Online, November 11, 2010, "Since then I took some time off and I got married." 
  11. ^ "It's official". Twitter. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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