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Katherine Moennig plays "Shane McCutcheon" a hairdresser and the resident heartthrob who "gets all the girls all the time."

Kate - born December 29, 1977 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania - to a mother who was a dancer on Broadway and a father who is a violin maker, moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study acting. Supporting herself through a modeling career, Moennig always had a passion for acting and has performed on stage with cousin Gwyneth Paltrow.

Fans know Kate best for her role as "Jacqueline 'Jake' Pratt" on the WB's Young Americans. Katherine Moennig has most recently appeared in the feature films "The Shipping News", "Love The Hard Way" and "Invitation to a Suicide". Her television credits include the short-lived series Young Americans, guest spots on Law & Order and Law & Order:SVU, and the lead actress in the music video "Is Anybody Home" for the Canadian band Our Lady Peace.

On stage, she has appeared in "As You like It", "Comedy of Art", "The Theory of Total Blame" and "Morning in the City" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Kate recently ranked 83rd on's 100 people of 2004.

Two Shane scenes made it onto's Best Same Sex Kisses:
10. Shane and Cherie, The L Word 2004
When androgynous sexpot Shane slouches into a room, pheromones are on high alert. This hot hairdresser found her sizzling match in Cherie, the randy wife of an L.A. film industry honcho. Shane and stiletto-heeled Cherie lock lips (and other anatomical parts) on a beauty-salon recliner that surely never saw such cutting-edge action before. "It was my favorite kiss," declares Katherine Moennig (Shane), who's smooched a peck of pretty women on Showtime's lesbian drama.
11. Shane and Carmen, The L Word 2005
Latina DJ Carmen and Shane make beautiful music in a sound room, leading Carmen to think she's found her soul mate. She doesn't know Shane's a love-'em-and- leave-'em type of gal who likes her love songs short and spicy. It wasn't hard to act turned on, says Sarah Shahi (Carmen). "Kate [Moennig] wears [DuWop] Lip Venom lip gloss. When you kiss her, your lips start tingling. That way when I look at her, I don't have to do much." Hmm... we'll have to pick up a tube of that stuff!


Wanna look like Shane?
Check out what makeup she wears on the show



Three Rivers (2009) ... self-destructive heart & lung transplant fellow
Remorse (2009) (in production) .... Jamie
Everybody's Fine (2009) .... Jilly

Art School Confidential (2006) .... Candace
Invitation to a Suicide (2003) .... Eva

The L Word (2004) TV Series .... Shane McCutcheon
Shipping News, The (2001) .... Grace Moosup
Love the Hard Way (2001) .... Debbie
Slo-Mo (2001) .... Raven
Ice People (2000)
Young Americans (2000) TV Series .... Jacqueline 'Jake' Pratt

Notable TV Guest Appearances

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Cheryl Avery (1 episode, 2003)
"Law & Order" .... Melissa Cobin (1 episode, 2001)

Music Videos

Our Lady Peace - Is anybody home (1999)

TV Commercials

Fleet Bank (2002)


17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (2006) (TV) .... Presenter
"Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett & Sandra Bernhard" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #3.10 (2006)

Stage performances

The Culture Project, New York
Guardians ... American Girl
(April 2006)

Williamstown Theatre Festival

As you like it ... Charles' Retinue
Comedy of Art ... Isabella
The theory of Total Blame ... Irene
Morning in the City

Broken Chair Theatre Company
Nolan ... Karen
Love Letters ... Melissa

American Academy of Dramatic Arts
The Shadow Box ... Felicity
The Murder of Lidice ... Byeta
A Late Show ... Pat
Two Gentlemen of Verona ... Lucetta
Burn this ... Anna
Alone at the Beach ... Chris
Lovers ... Maggie
Anna K ... Anna

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