Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings


6/13/1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name

Katherine Litwack


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American actress Kat Dennings, born Katherine Litwack in Bryn Mawr near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is probably most famous for portraying the semi-sarcastic indie-music-loving Norah Silverberg in the 2008 nocturnal teen romance film Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. The youngest among five home-schooled siblings, Kat knew at an early age…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kat got her start on a 2000 episode of the popular HBO series "Sex & The City."

    • One of her big passions in life is writing. In 2009, Kat co-wrote a screenplay with her brother.

    • Her first acting job was appearing in a potato chips commercial for Orleans low fat crisps.

    • After getting four aces during a poker game with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennie Garth, Kat got the poker name, "Four Aces Dennings."

    • She dated actor Matthew Gray Gubler in 2007. In 2008, Kat has also been linked to actor Ira David Wood.

    • When she has time away from work, Kat likes to video blog. She even did one for the Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist DVD.

    • Her mother, Ellie Judith Litwack, is a poet and speech therapist while her dad, Gerald J. Litwack, is a molecular pharmacologist, biochemist, and former Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University. Kat is the youngest among five siblings.

    • Kat is ranked No.33 in AIM.com's "100 Celebs Under 25." She has also been listed among Moviefone's Hottest 25 stars under the age of 25.

    • Although she has been home-schooled, Kat spent one half day at Friends Central in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. After being yelled at for spelling the word "friend" wrong and being ridiculed for her outfit, she left the school and never came back.

    • She performed the song "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" in the 2007 film Charlie Bartlett.

    • She collects old books and is a voracious reader.

    • Kat loves all animals and can't pick a favorite. She also loves Shojo Manga.

    • For her movie Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist, Kat was nominated for a Satellite Award in the category Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical in 2008 and an MTV Award for Breakthrough Performance Female in 2009.

    • Film & TV Movie Credits:
      The Scream Team (2002) as Claire Carlyle
      The Snobs (2003)
      Sudbury (2004) as Antonia Owens
      Arlen Faber (2009)

    • She was originally cast as Laynie Hart on Everwood (2002), but the role was recast for unknown reasons. It later went to Nora Zehetner.

    • Kat is 5' 4½" (164 cm) tall. She has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

  • Quotes

    • Kat Dennings: (On if she was hesitant to do a TV role) I'm just in a really lucky place where I've gotten to work with amazing film people and amazing directors, like Kenneth Branagh, and amazing casts. This is just something different. It's something cool and new, that I haven't gotten to do before. If this goes for eight years, I'll be thrilled. I love who I'm working with. I love this show because it's real. It's more like a half-hour movie than a half-hour sitcom. It's very fresh.

    • Kat Dennings: (On What led her to make a weekly TV series commitment) this literally fell into my lap... ...TV wasn't something I had intended to do, but when this came, and it was Whitney [Cummings] and Michael [Patrick King], with Michael giving me my first big job, it almost seemed like a gift, at just the right time. I was like, "God, this is exactly the answer to everything I've been wanting." I'm just really lucky that this came along.

    • Kat Dennings: (On her the writers pulling from her dramatic chops for her character Max in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls) The show's not just a ha-ha machine,... ...I grew up watching The Golden Girls, The Nanny â€" I want to bring the sitcom back.

    • Kat Dennings: (on what is hip for her) It is an important part of your anatomy. Don't break it as you get older because if you do it's kind of curtains. I just broke a wire coat-hanger at my house. As it happened I was thinking, 'I'm talented at breaking stuff.' I dropped my first iPod thousands of times and it only really conked out last year.

    • Kat Dennings: I basically grew up in the woods. There were deer on my lawn. It was totally awesome. That's why I'm so socially weird.

    • Kat Dennings: (on going to L.A. nightclubs) Ugh, you can't even talk in those places. Plus, I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't like being around people who do. Oh no, I sound really boring!

    • Kat Dennings: (in case she achieves superstar status) If it were to happen, I don't think anything would really change about me. (looks and nods at the pyjamas she's wearing) I'd just, finally, put on some normal clothes and go outside.

    • Kat Dennings: (on what her soul looks like) A moose with a hat on wearing a polka dot bikini sitting atop a barn of dreams.

    • Kat Dennings: (on a photo of her in "Vanity Fair") [laughs] Clearly. I spend all my time drinking highballs on lawn chairs. It looks glamorous, but that shoot was mostly spent laughing, shivering or screaming. [laughs] Any glamorous moment you might mistake me for having is always pretend.

    • Kat Dennings: I can't imagine wanting to be famous just for the sake of being famous. I think fame should come along with success, talent.

    • Kat Dennings: (in a 2008 interview; "here" referring to Los Angeles) Shit is crazy out here. I tried being anorexic for four hours, and then I was like, I need some bagels. I'll never feel comfortable in L.A., really. I knew these nice girls that lived in the Valley. I had no idea they were on meth. They don't realize this is the worst possible thing you can do to yourself.

    • Kat Dennings: (in a 2008 interview) I've never taken any acting classes. I took an acting class when I first started acting when I was 10. The guy who owned the school told me I would never be an actress and I should stop immediately. I deduced that he didn't know what he was talking about and left.

    • Kat Dennings: (on her favorite film character) Probably Phil Connors from Groundhog Day. Bill Murray's one of my favorite actors. I think I've watched that movie over 300 times and could watch it another 300 times... today.

    • Kat Dennings: I can say that I had a particularly painful teenage-hood. I felt pretty alienated most of the time because I wanted to become an actress from an early age and was made fun of relentlessly.

    • Kat Dennings: (about acting) There's nothing else I would rather do, unless there was a profession that involved cuddling bunny rabbits and kittens all day for money.

    • Kat Dennings: I was born knowing I was going to be an actress. When I'm not feeling that great, I can morph into somebody else and experience their emotions instead, which actually helps me deal a lot better with my own.

    • Kat Dennings: When I was younger there was a lot of discouraging talk: lose weight. Color your hair. Straighten your teeth. Get a tan. But I'm a firm believer in everyone being born with what they need to be attractive. In all sorts of ways. And I don't really feel like I want to change that much by myself.

    • Kat Dennings: I don't take crap from anyone, so that makes people think I'm rebellious. I'm not. I'm just not a pushover.

  • Love Kat as Max

    The episode And the Kilt Trip when Max convinced Caroline to use the pee funnel is when I knew that I wanted Kat Dennings (and Max) to be my best friend! Standthesmartway .com sells the funnels like on the show! AWESOME!
  • Love, love, love Kat!!

    What a fantastic actress she is! Not only is she an excellent actress but she is beautiful, hilarious and "real". I liked her the first time I saw her and knew she'd go far. 2 Broke Girls is one of my favorite shows, she rocks as Max!! Such talent she has, her delivery is perfect and so fierce! Looking forward to more of her work along with her current show!