Stana Katic

Stana Katic


4/26/1978, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Stana Katic


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Stana Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Croatian Serb parents, who both emigrated from Yugoslavia. She later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois and moved back and forth from Canada to the U.S. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1996 and went onto…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2011, Stana did the voice of the role of Talia al Ghul in the video game Batman: Arkham City.

    • In 2011, Stana won an award in the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in the category Most Glamourous Actress.

    • In 2011, Stana won a Shorty Award in the category of Best Actress.

    • In 2012, Stana was ranked #6 in the list The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011-2012 TV Season by BuddyTV.

    • Between 2009 and 2012, Stana appear in the list TV's 100 Sexiest Women by BuddyTV. She was #24 in 2009, #39 in 2010, #1 in 2011 and #8 in 2012.

    • Stana attended the University of Toronto and DePaul University Goodman School of Drama.

    • Stana's parents are Petar and Rada Katic, both emigrated to Canada and were originally from Croatia.

    • In 2014, Stana won a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Dramatic TV Actress for her role in Castle.

    • In 2011, Stana and her Castle co-star Nathan Fillion won  a TV Guide Award in the category of Favorite Couple Who Should.

    • Between 2012 and 2013, Stana and her Castle co-star Nathan Fillion won two years in a row a TV Guide Award in the category of Favorite TV Couple.

    • In 2009, Stana was nominated for a Satellite Award in the category of Best Actress in a Series, Drama for her role in Castle.

    • In 2012, Stana was nominated for a Prism Award in the category of Performance in a Drama Episode for her role in Castle.

    • In 2013, Stana was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Dramatic TV Actress.

    • In 2013, Stana with her Castle co-star, Nathan Fillion, were nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite On-Screen Chemistry.

    • In 2014, Stana won a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Dramatic TV Actress.

    • Stana enjoys archery.

    • Stana is interested in environmental issues.

    • Besides studying acting, Stana also studied international law and global economics.

    • Stana was voted #24 in BuddyTV's 'TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009'.

    • During her time away from work, Stana loves to travel and explore different places. In Summer of 2009, she toured with an archaeologist and visited temples and ancient burial sites in Polynesia.

    • In 2009, Stana was named as one of Entertainment Weekly's 15 Smartest, Sexiest Women Crime-Fighters for her role as Detective Kate Beckett on Castle.

    • Her family owns a real estate and furniture business.

    • Stana used to cut and style the hair of her brothers when they were between 12 and 18 years old.

    • With a vivid imagination even as a child, Stana used to stack up boxes in their warehouse and make castles out of them.

    • In 1996, Katic finished among the top of her class in West Aurora Senior High School in her hometown of Aurora, Illinois.

    • In 2008, Stana founded her own production company, Sine Timore Productions. Sine Timore means "Without Fear".

    • Stana is the eldest among six siblings, with about seven years separating her from her youngest sibling.

    • Stana is a very accomplished actress as she has been taught improvisation, film and stage combat and many other essential skills. For her role as a Russian assassin in Stiletto, she trained in knifing techniques and Certified Navy Seal skills.

    • Stana has been dividing her time between New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

    • Stana is 5'9" (1.75 m) tall.

    • On Heroes, Stana had to put on an Israeli accent to suit her role. She is also adept in speaking with the following accents: Eastern European, Spanish, South African, Italian, Canadian, New York, Irish, Greek, and British.

    • She enjoys soccer, yoga, baseball, softball, basketball, horseback riding, and swimming.

    • On stage, she has starred as Hotlips in a production of MASH. She also played Yvonne in the comedy Private Fittings by Des McAnuff.

    • Katic took up advanced scene study from Columbia College and in Los Angeles. She also trained in belly dancing at the Canadian Royal Dance Academy and in Isshinryu Karate in Chicago. She has also acquired an extensive knowledge of Shakespeare's works from attending the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.

    • She possesses dual citizenship in both Canada and the U.S.

    • Stana describes her singing voice as alto-mezzo soprano.

    • She is fluent in Italian, French, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovenian.

  • Quotes

    • Stana: (on her relationship with fans) I'm just an actor who's doing a job and if people are enjoying it and want to see it, then I'm a very lucky actor, who's doing a job.

    • Stana: (on her ethnicity) My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that's the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

    • Stana: (on her character in Castle personality) She's a woman, which means that she's inherently strong. There are all these other wonderful facets to her, as well: hope, sometimes girlish hope; self-doubt; confidence. There's a Joan of Arc quality to her, I suppose. There are different ways of communicating with people in different scenarios. In the workplace, you can really only be one kind of person, whereas with Castle, she has to maintain a certain sense of decorum for right now, but as we move forward and he gets to know her more, we get to see her other layers.

    • Stana: (on what drives her character in Castle, Kate Beckett) She was on that typical Manhattan-ite, society girl path, then a personal tragedy struck, and she shifted course, and joined the police force to become a detective. I think she's driven by her need to see justice prevail and her empathy toward victims and their families.

    • Stana: As an actor it seems we're always living out of our suitcase, never really knowing what's next, which can be exciting, but it also can frame your life in a weird way.

    • Stana: (on her parents raising her and her siblings) 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: It makes it weird to work in this industry sometimes. When I need to get a moment of perspective, when I feel as if I'm getting ridiculous about something, I'll just go away and try to communicate or become in communion with truth, and then I realize how ridiculous all these worries are. They mean nothing! In 300 years what will any of us or our little problems mean to people.

    • Stana: When I was growing up, my parents encouraged me to pick a path that was safe and sane.

    • Stana: (on working on "Quantum of Solace") 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!

    • Stana: 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: As an actor, I feel like you're asked to live life as vibrantly as possible.

    • Stana: The luxury of creativity wasn't afforded to my parents because they had to build a life, and they had to survive, so I feel very lucky that I've gotten to pursue a creative life.

    • Stana: (on her siblings) We're all oddballs doing different things in the world, and they're all on their way to growing into really interesting adults, although I don't know if any of us will ever really be adults, because we're all really strange. (laughs)

    • Stana: (on working on Castle) 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.

    • Stana: 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: (on her lesbian sex scenes for the movie Feast of Love with Selma Blair) 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.

    • Stana: Men should never marry their muse. It ruins the illusion.