katherine_moennig: Thus far, I am happy. With
Shane, it's a very slow build-up, character-wise, and I think as time goes
on, it will only evolve more.
family business focuses on making violins. do you know how to make violins
or play the violin?
Flygrl, no I have no idea how to play.
the tattoo on your back real or is it put on for the show? If it is real, is
it a guitar?
Yes it is real and no it is not a guitar. It's a violin.
Katherine, how does playing such a sexy, laid back character compare with
your personality off-screen?
Moonspyke, I would like to think I'm just as laid-back as Shane is. As for
being sexy, though, I don't know who looks at themselves and says, "I'm
sexy" in the mirror. So I don't compare her to myself in that way. But I
think the character and myself have a few things in common.
Kate, do you think your character will ever have a long term relationship?
ILaughLoveLive, I do think that at some point Shane will have a substantial
relationship with someone. It seems that she's on the search for it in her
own way, and I find when you stop looking, it just arrives. But that's more
of an Ilene Chaiken question, at the end of the day.
Kate, what to you feel your biggest reward is playing Shane?
My biggest reward is working on a show that is ground-breaking and working
with such a wonderful group of people. It makes going to work a pleasure
every day. And having a character that is unique and something that I
benefit from-- I think that's the most important, to learn something about
yourself through work. I have the pleasure of doing that.
kharm: Do you
have any idea how many women want you?
I haven't the slightest idea, Kharm! But I'm flattered.
just want you to know that you have to be the hottest and coolest person on
tv right now. What do you do in your spare time? What kind of music do you
Thank you, Final Hour, that's very sweet of you to say. I appreciate that
very much. In my spare time, I find different ways to be creative. I have an
amazing group of friends that I spend an obscene amount of time with and who
I love to pieces. I just try to enjoy life every day.
tend to take characters that are very different - what attracts you to them?
I don't think I personally seek out these types of characters, but I find
them interesting because they're not a common voice in film and television.
But they're equally important, and I like to give characters voices that
people don't see everyday. It's very gratifying to speak for individuals
that aren't always shown.
spicy: Do you
think only lesbians can enjoy this show?
I don't think only lesbians will enjoy the show, Spicy. The show is made up
of a diverse group of women who are all very different from each other, but
they're all looking for love, and that pertains to everyone. How can
everyone not relate to that want? Because at the end of the day, that's what
makes us breathe, that's what makes us happy.
Kate, how is your relationship with all the others on the show?
I adore everyone I work with. It's fun to go to work. The women on the show
have become dear friends, and they're amazing actors, and I learn so much
from them. It's such a gift, it's such a privilege to work with them on this
show that we all love to collaborate on.
are the things that make you happy?
Guise, what makes me happy? Friends, love, food and life.
we see more character development for Shane - in tonight's episode we heard a
little about her childhood - but when will we really get to know Shane?
Yeah, you will see more of her as the season progresses, but it's slow, and
second season, I think, is really going to be the time when you learn more
heidi: I was
SO impressed with the storyline tonight, do you all collaborate on them, or
are they pre-dominantly the writers and directors?
Heidi, I'm really glad that you liked this episode. The beauty that we have
of working on the series is that we are allowed a lot of input with the
writers to make the characters real and three-dimensional. So a lot of it
goes to the writing staff, and when we have questions or when we have ideas,
they are always added in, which is not very common in television, but we're
very lucky, and we have a very trustworthy group of writers behind us.
What is in your CD Player right now?
you sit around on Sunday nights and watch the show?
Gaymom, a few nights myself and a few other cast members went to Revolver,
this bar in LA in Santa Monica, because they have screenings for the show,
so we checked that out for two weeks. But usually I have a few friends over
and we enjoy it and laugh over it together. Like tonight.
you ever get embarrassed doing the sex scenes?
No. I just focus on the other person, and just turn off my peripheral vision
and forget about everyone else in the room.
Katherine, do you read the message boards?
Indygrl, sometimes. I try not to.
you have any hairdressing skills? Would it be safe to leave one's hair in
your hands with a pair of scissors?
Timesup, I have very little, and you'd have to be insane to allow me to cut
How was it working with RA? On the show you two come across as having great
chemistry making for a very interesting show.
It was a pleasure. She came to work and was extremely generous and open and
willing to go the direction that the scene needed to go in. It was very safe
working with her. I don't think I could have asked for anything better in a
co-worker. She's an amazing human. I really enjoyed working with her very
long have you and the other cast members been friends? I've heard you all
live very close to one another?
Cartonmm, all of us in the cast met when we shot the pilot, which I think at
this point is two years ago. We did spend a lot of time off-set together by
going out to dinner and just being girls and hanging out.
What was it like being on Law and Order SVU?
It was great working on SVU, because the character that I played was so
unique. You rarely ever see a transsexual written honestly. And because of
the writing, I feel I was given so much to work with so I loved working on
that show. I really loved working on that episode.
love your voice....is that a stage voice? Or truly how you sound all the
No that's my voice.
What was it like with the rapper, Snoop on the set?
Goddess2K, it was very surreal working with Snoop, and kind of insane.
Because all of these people who were never on the set before were all of a
sudden there, and we didn't know who half the people were. They were all
part of his group. But it was wicked working with Snoop
He is a very cool guy.
Katherine....any concern about typecasting? You've got a long career ahead
of you, one would assume. Do you think this role, down the line, may cause
I realize that with certain roles that you take you can easily be
pigeon-holed, but at the end of the day, I'm still an actor, and I'm capable
of more than one kind of character. I think with time and with trust and of
course with the appropriate project, I'll be able to branch out and do more,
and that will come with time. But it's important to get out there and do
things that are important to yourself in regards to work. The things I have
taken so far in my career have much meaning to me. So I try not to look at
it as pigeon-hole-ing.
what would someone have to do to get a date with you
I don't know if you'd really want to date me!
Katherine, I'm writing on behalf of my friend Eva-Marie. She would like to
know what things you think about in order to stay true to your role.
Hi Michael and Eva-Marie. I always am conscious of the fact that I'm not
trying to inflict pain on anyone, emotionally, when it's considered a
one-night stand. I always keep in mind that feeling of love, that feeling of
having your heart beat faster, and I think of friendship and how I feel
about my friends in my life.
you could play anyone's life story, who would it be?
I want to play Patti Smith. Without a doubt, that would be my dream role.
Did you think when going into this project that The L Word would have the
impact it has and how do you think it will effect the character's for the
I knew that when I began the job and I met everyone who was involved in it
that it would definitely become something, but I had no idea what that was.
I think that with second season coming around, we have more time to bring up
other issues and to delve into the characters' psyches a little more and
learn about them, and have different dynamics become established. And if it
wasn't for all of you, we wouldn't have a second season, so I thank you all!
Katherine who is your favorite actress?
There are too many to name, Mayra, but off the top of my head, I would say
Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Martha Plimpton. Frances McDormand.
you ever thought about writing your own screenplay or series?
Zooky, I'm still figuring out how to act, and that takes up a lot of
attention. I wouldn't know where to begin with a screenplay. But someday. I
want to learn how to do something before I delve into something else.
Katherine: who have been your mentors? what career advice have you taken
most to heart?
My mentors have been my mother and some teachers that taught me in college.
The best advice I have ever gotten is just to stay true to yourself, and the
worst that anyone can say is no, so don't give up.
were great on Young Americans. Was it hard to adopt the mannerisms etc.
needed to pass as Jake?
Nik414, thank you so much. That's a sweet thing to say. When I took the role
of Jake, I kind of regressed to when I was kid, because I was a tomboy and
all my friends were guys. So it wasn't that difficult, it was more fun to
relive that part of my life again.
Katherine! I just love the show, wanted to let you know that....Do you see
yourself possibly attending a Gay Pride event?
Thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoy the show. If our shooting
schedule permits us to do any appearances, I'm sure we'll be there, but it
all depends on our schedule. But it would be fun.
what is your idea of a romantic date?
Being comfortable. And laughing. And being honest.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to all of you! I'm so glad the
show is affecting you, and I'm so happy that all of you are just enjoying