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    • Katherine loves decorating.

    • Katherine's decision to become an actor was influenced by the time when she used to watch movies with her father as a kid.

    • Katherine's favourite food is sushi.

    • Katherine is 5'8".

    • Kate's fashion hero is the French designer Hedi Slimane.

    • The first concert Kate ever went to was Michael Jackson's Thriller.

    • Two directors that Kate would love to get the chance to work with are Ang Lee and David Fincher.

    • If Kate was not acting, she would likely be working in her father's violin shop. But if she could do anything, she'd want to travel around the world and get paid to surf.

    • A few movies that Kate thinks are "damn near perfect" are Midnight Express, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake), and Cool Hand Luke.

    • If Kate had to play an L Word character other than Shane, she'd want to portray a combination of Jenny and Alice, because she thinks those two characters have a lot of layers of depth and emotion that would be interesting to work with.

    • Kate doesn't consider herself to be famous, nor does she believe her life has changed very much because of this so-called 'fame'.

    • Kate keeps her figure mainly by surfing and keeping away from sugar. She doesn't really enjoy going to gyms, but when she does she tends to run and lift light weights.

    • Kate and her L Word co-stars like to imitate people and prank each other to pass the long hours on set. One time Kate, Leisha (Hailey), and Mia (Kirshner) rearranged Ilene Chaiken and Rose Lam's offices as a joke while they were filming The L Word.

    • Kate is an avid fan of music and likes to listen to The Killers, Metric, Cutcopy, and The Pixies. But her most favourite band is Led Zeppelin.

    • Kate felt that her most rewarding role was when she played Cheryl Avery on Law and Order: SVU because of how well written her character was.

    • Kate's idea of a romantic date is when she can be comfortable, laugh, and be honest with another person.

    • Kate's dream role would be to portray Patti Smith in a script about Patti's life.

    • Although she plays a hairdresser on television, Kate has very little haircutting experience and tells people that they'd be insane to let her cut their hair.

    • Besides modelling and acting, Kate worked at a pizza joint and a grocery store when she was a teenager for a very brief period (her job at the grocery store only lasted 1 day).

    • When Kate was just a little tomboy living in Philadelphia, she and her friends rode around on their tricycles and called themselves the Big Wheels Harley Gang.

    • If acting wasn't her profession, Katherine would like to attempt designing. On the other hand, one job she would never want to have would be a car salesman.

    • Although Kate really doesn't enjoy travelling too much, she has been all throughout Mexico and really loves it there.

    • Kate has two dogs named Floyd and Captain that are terrier mixes.

    • While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Kate starred and appeared in numerous dramatic productions including The Shadow Box, The Murder of Lidice, A Late Show, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Burn This, Alone at the Beach, Lovers, and Anna K.

    • Kate was the spokesperson in a Showtime commercial for the Red Cross in support of hurricane Katrina relief funding.

    • When Kate was told that Erin Daniel's L Word character Dana was going to be killed off the show, Kate was really pissed off. Even now, she still doesn't agree with the plot decision of Dana's death and she finds it very difficult to say goodbye to such a close castmate.

    • Kate shares a very similar style with her alter ego Shane and picks out a lot of the wardrobe that she's seen wearing on The L Word.

    • Kate learned how to skateboard and do her own skateboarding stunts for season 3 of The L Word when her character Shane works at a skateboarding shop as a hairdresser.

    • Kate was in a commercial for Fleet bank in 2002 that promoted the bank's speedy service.

    • Kate's all-time favorite book is The Beach by Alex Garland.

    • In five words Kate describes herself as clean, forgiving, cranky, impatient, and shy.

    • Kate's favorite sport is surfing, which she enjoys doing when she has free time.

    • Kate loves reading and her favorite author is the late Augusten Burroughs.

    • Kate's favorite word is 'cosy', and her least favorite word is 'no'.

    • Kate's favorite actresses are Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Martha Plimpton, and Frances McDormand.

    • On doing love scenes, Kate says, "A love scene, regardless of who you're doing it with, is an uncomfortable experience. It's not natural, it's very technical, and it's the farthest thing from sexy you could ever imagine. So I just kind of let go of a part of myself and just do it. I forget that there's a camera in my face and a director looking at the scene in another room and lighting and sound... I just have to shut all of it out and make this experience as comfortable as I can."

    • Off the small screen, Kate thinks of her L Word co-stars as family.

      Kate: I look at them as my sisters.

    • Many people wonder why Kate is so secretive about her sexuality. Here was how she responded to this in a recent interview:

      Kate: It's not for the sake of being mysterious; it's really because I believe it's nobody's business. I've seen up close what can happen when actors talk publicly about their relationships: their personal life gets dismantled. It's a show business game, and it's one game I won't play.

    • When asked about the motives of her character in the recent play The Guardians, Kate replied, "It's all about power. And how desperate people do desperate things. The message is so clear: that power can be completely misplaced, and, because of that, a lot of things go wrong. I fell in love with this character: she doesn't play the victim and she's unapologetic."

    • "I don't think I look like a boy, but I don't think androgyny is such a bad thing," Kate says in regards to her appearance.

    • Ironically, the character that Kate played as a child in the Winnie the Pooh play was the "semi-drag" Christopher Robin.

    • Before being distracted by the "acting bug" at age ten, Kate seriously considered becoming a doorman.

    • Katherine was the lead actress in the Our Lady Peace music video for the song "Is Anybody Home?"

    • Kate's first off-broadway appearance took place in 2006 when she starred alongside Lee Pace in the two-person play The Guardians, a play that told a fictionalized version of the story behind the Abu Ghraib photos.

    • Katherine admits that she was a tomboy when she was growing up.

    • Katherine is a decent skate-boarder.

    • Katherine says that if she hadn't gone into acting, she would either have studied marine biology or applied to the FBI.

    • On Young Americans, Katherine says, "I learned that what makes it difficult is playing two exact opposites at the same time, but other than that, it's so much fun."

    • Katherine half-jokes, "The clothes are comfortable... but on a deeper level, I learned that the competition between boys and girls isn't as strong as between women."

    • On playing a girl that poses as a guy on Young Americans, Katherine says, "I learned that what makes it difficult is playing two exact opposites at the same time, but other than that, it's so much fun."

    • Katherine says, "I think I am just as masculine as I am feminine. A nice balance, and it's wonderful learning to explore that side of yourself and see that part of your sexuality that you don't always see."

    • Katherine says, "Honestly, I haven't been in Hollywood that long to really be immersed in it, but one thing I do know is not to lose yourself, stay true to you. Because in the end it's all a big game."

    • Some of Kate's favorite TV shows include Six Feet Under, The Cosby Show, The Wonder Years, 90210, Intervention, and, although she's embarrassed to admit it, Laguna Beach.

    • Katherine says, "I really enjoy painting. It has this calming affect."

    • Katherine says, "I grew up in Philly, went to a prep school for some reason, and then moved to New York when I was 18 to study."

    • On her experience on Young Americans, Katherine says, "I really enjoyed my experience playing Jake. It was exceptionally rewarding. It was my first job, my first time in front of a camera and I just became this sponge that absorbed as much as could. I learned a lot on that job and I was given an outlet to play someone who was very much like myself as a kid. It was like I came full circle."

    • On playing a lesbian character, Katherine says, "I don't look at it as having a positive or negative impact. I see it as a chance to explore another part of myself and to learn something that's beyond positive. Everything is a stepping stone and that's how I see this. And if it is a risk and a little scary, then that's all the more reason to do it. Right now I'm focusing on giving this character a voice, and if I do that, I can't see that as being a negative thing. And just because I'm playing this role doesn't mean I can't do something else. That's the beauty of being an actor."

    • Katherine says, "Nothing is worse then working with a director who looks at filming like curing cancer, where everything is so serious and rigid. God forbid something goes wrong and the world will end!"

    • On her character (Shane) on The L Word, Katherine says, "I certainly think there are similarities between myself and Shane. There has to be. In every role you play you have to start with you, since you're the root. I can relate to a lot of what she is going through in the inside. And in the ways that I differ from her, I find that I learn more about myself."

    • On her show The L Word, Katherine says, "Part of the beauty with the show is that there is so much going on. Every character is so different then the other that it gives a whole spectrum of personality, and as the story progresses it will only add to that. Also, what I love is that it doesn't put these women in boxes. The story line is a very honest and realistic view on life, and how they deal with it."

    • On her The L Word character, Katherine says, "Instead of her sleeping around, I'd like to see her in a relationship that grows and see what happens."

    • On sexuality, Katherine's L Word alter ego Shane says, "Sexuality is like fluid,whether your gay or straight, just go with the flow."

    • On her youth, Katherine says, "I was a tomboy growing up. All my friends were guys, and I'd get mad in the summer when they would take their shirts off but I couldn't."

    • Katherine says she finds a woman's nose the most attractive part of the female body.

    • Kate has often been compared to Meg Ryan.

    • Katherine's friends call her "Kate."

    • Katherine sports four tattoos on her body: a violin on her lower back which she got after her father died, a bird on her left arm, the letter "K" on her wrist, and her life number on her finger.

    • Katherine completed work on Art School Confidential, which is set for release in 2006.

    • Katherine auditioned for the leading role of an FTM (Female to Male) youth in Boys Don't Cry, but the role ended up going to Hilary Swank.

    • Kate attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and St. Mary's Interparochial School in Philadelphia.

    • Katherine is trained in fencing.

    • Katherine is a first cousin to leading actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Quotes

    • Katherine: My best friend growing up really put the bug in my ear about acting. We created this one hour-and-a-half improv play when we were 10 or 11 and performed it at the library. We just played off each other so well and had the best time doing it and the funniest part was, we wound up having packed houses, other people loved it too. So I thought, maybe I can graduate from the library and actually do this for a living. I couldn't imagine anything else that I would enjoy more.

    • Katherine: My biggest challenge is trust, and really believing that trust, in letting things just happen personally and professionally and trust with myself. But I'm getting better at it.

    • (On her favorite feature)
      Katherine: I like my hands. Nice long fingers. Strong. They serve me well.

    • (On the roles she chooses as an actress)
      Katherine: I like stories that are not normal, everyday lives. I don't personally seek them out, but they find me.

    • Katherine: What I find very attractive, what I find sexual, are people who are unapologetic for who they are and comfortable with themselves. And I think with those two things sexual energy does come out because you're not hovering or censoring yourself, you're just being who you are. And being who you are is a very attractive quality in a person.

    • What Kate likes about her character Shane from The L Word:

      Katherine: I liked the way my character, Shane, was first introduced. You get introduced to her through this sexual action, and I thought that was so cool and just kind of summed up what she enjoys and who she is, to a certain extent. She's a complete sexual being and the great thing is that she doesn't apologize for it. It's just who she is. We rarely see women be able to do that on television.

    • Katherine: I think my comparison with Shane would be a loner. I always got the impression that she wasn't scared to be alone. She enjoys it. I can relate to that.

    • Katherine: Stage is about imperfections and working with them, whether it be from you or the audience.

    • Katherine: I went to an all-girls pre school where everyone went off to Harvard or Yale, and I had zero interest in doing so. I think they thought I was on drugs. There was a neighboring all-boys school, so we'd get together and do dumb things. It was your typical Catholic-American upbringing.

    • (answering on the following question: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?)
      Katherine: "A few people want to see you."

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