Kate Moennig misses Shane

We have all had our share of not-so-nice things to say about The L Word over the years. Our frustration mostly centered on the storyline (oh, Ilene) but for the most part, we all miss it, or at least some of its stars. I started watching the show a little late — late enough to not want to jump on the Shane McCutcheon bandwagon — but I could not help myself.

Now, I miss the skinny and scandalous Shane, and I’m not the only one.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Katherine Moennig, now playing doctor on CBS’s Three Rivers, admitted to missing the role that made her every (OK, almost every) lesbian’s dream. She seems to be missing her former make-out partners as well — big shock there.

Moennig said:

At this moment, I miss a lot about [Shane]. The beauty of that character was her unabashed way of viewing life. She was so unapologetic. She was always deemed the bad girl, and that was always good to play. She was a bit dangerous but also extremely screwed up in the head. I was sad to see her go. I miss her soul. I loved the debauchery that she created in her life.

We loved the debauchery, too, Kate; but could have done without the whole Shenny situation. Don’t worry — it wasn’t your fault. When the paper asked who her favorite onscreen make-out partner was over the years, Moennig plead the fifth at first, but the truth came out later in the interview:

I remember one time we all sat there and we tried to count how many people our characters had been with on the show. It got to me and I think I was up to 30 on camera? Or maybe a little over 30? I have a couple of favorites, all for different reasons. I loved working with Rosanna Arquette. She was amazing. And I loved working with Sarah Shahi, she and I connected very well. It would be a tossup between those two.

She also admitted to being as perplexed as we were about the show’s ending:

I think it was a surprising way to end the show, definitely. . . . There was a reason behind it — I’m not too sure what that reason was, but I’m told there was one. If my favorite show ended that way I’d be like, “What?!”

As much as we may still dwell on The L Word, Moennig knew it was time to move on and was scared of being pigeonholed as Shane — hence her new role as Dr. Miranda Foster on Three Rivers. She admitted several things to the Times about the new role.

For one, the long locks she’s been sporting are not real:

There was a lot of talk between extensions and a wig; finally we decided to just get a really good wig. There are days when I can’t stand it, but I also really like coming to work, putting it on, doing my job, taking it off, and then going home and being me.

Also, her character’s “hot temper” will be rearing its head soon:

I mean, I really hope we get to explore the personal lives of these characters and get to know what makes them tick. The cast is so great, and it would be amazing to see them outside the hospital and see what they do when they go home and see what demons they have.

I hadn’t watched the show before, but I am finally curious enough to check it out. You can read the full interview — including Kate’s “tramp stamp” discussion — with the Times here.

If you, like me, can’t get enough of Kate, you can lurk, err, follow her on Twitter.