|Born||Katherine Sian Moennig
December 29, 1977
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Other names||Kate Moennig|
|Relatives||Blythe Danner (aunt)
Gwyneth Paltrow (cousin)
Jake Paltrow (cousin)
Katherine Sian Moennig is an American actress best known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word, as well as Jake Pratt on Young Americans. Currently, she plays Lena in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.
Moennig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and violin maker William H. Moennig III. Moennig has a half-sister and a half-brother from her father's first marriage. William Moennig's half sister is actress Blythe Danner, which makes actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow her cousins. Moennig is of German, Scottish, and Irish descent.
In 1999, she had the central role in the Our Lady Peace video "Is Anybody Home?". She also took a role in a Fleet Bank commercial, and appeared in a Red Cross Campaign benefitting victims of Hurricane Katrina. Moennig was a presenter at the 17th annual GLAAD awards and appeared at the 10th annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration.
Moennig's first major role was in the television series Young Americans, playing Jake Pratt. She has played multiple lesbian roles: Shane McCutcheon in The L Word; Rosie's (Drew Barrymore) partner Jilly in Everybody's Fine; Candace, the lesbian lover of Sophia Myles' character, in Art School Confidential; and Lena, a press agent who works for Liev Schreiber's character, in Ray Donovan. She has also pursued transgender roles, auditioning for the part of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry, and playing Cheryl Avery, a young transgender woman in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Fallacy".
In 2007, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) produced the documentary My Address: A Look At Gay Youth Homelessness in cooperation with Moennig. Directed by Gigi Nicolas, the documentary explored the experiences of homeless gay youth and the work of the HMI.
|2000||Ice People, TheThe Ice People||Wanja Kasczinsky||Short film|
|2001||Love the Hard Way||Debbie|
|2001||Shipping News, TheThe Shipping News||Grace Moosup|
|2004||Invitation to a Suicide||Eva|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Candace|
|2010||Lez Chat||Athletic Woman||Short film|
|2011||Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln Lawyer||Gloria|
|2000||Young Americans||Jacqueline "Jake" Pratt||Main role (8 episodes)|
|2001||Law & Order||Melissa Cobin||Episode: "For Love or Money" (S12E03)|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Cheryl Avery||Episode: "Fallacy" (S4E21)|
|2004-2009||L Word, TheThe L Word||Shane McCutcheon||Main role (70 episodes)|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Mary Landis||Episode: "Rock and a Hard Place" (S6E19)|
|2009-2010||Three Rivers||Dr. Miranda Foster||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2010||Dexter||Michael Angelo||Episode: "First Blood" S5E05|
|2013-2014||Ray Donovan||Lena||Main role (12 episodes)|
|As You Like It||Shepherdess|
|Theory of Total Blame, TheThe Theory of Total Blame||Cheryl Avery|
|Comedy of Art||Isabella|
|Morning in the City Nolan||Karen|
|Love Letters||Dr. Melissa|
|Shadow Box, TheThe Shadow Box||Felicity|
|Murder of Lidice, TheThe Murder of Lidice||Byetacc|
|Two Gentlemen of Verona, TheThe Two Gentlemen of Verona||Lucetta|
|Late Show, AA Late Show||Pat|
|Alone at the Beach||Chris|
- Traister, Rebecca (2000-10-08). "Androgynous Actress Kate Moennig Is ‘Alt.Gwyn,’ Paltrow's Cousin". The New York Observer. p. 1. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
- "Alumni News". aada.org. March 2012.
- Fleet Bank ad at YouTube
- 10th annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration at IMDb
- Isherwood, Charles (2006-04-13). "'Guardians' Evokes Abuses of Abu Ghraib and of Fleet Street". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
- Martin, Denise (2009-10-11). "Katherine Moennig on 'The L Word,' 'Three Rivers' and cousin Gwyneth Paltrow (2009-10-10)". Los Angeles Times.
- Katherine Moennig at The L Word official site