Catching up with Kate Moennig

Kate Moennig has been an favorite since she first appeared on The L Word as Shane McCutcheon, the girl everyone wanted to date and just couldn’t hate, no matter how many times she screwed them over. The actress behind the role has managed to move on from the series to play a doctor (Three Rivers), a tattoo artist (Dexter) and a druggie prostitute (The Lincoln Lawyer). There’s no typecasting for this woman, who told our Lindsey Byrnes (during a shoot for the new issue of WORK magazine) about her experiences as an actor, the difference between film and TV and how she developed her own sense of style.

All photos by Lindsey Byrnes You recently had a part in a big Hollywood movie, The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey, and, in 2009, you were in a movie called Everybody’s Fine with Robert DeNiro and Drew Barrymore. But, other than that, you have mostly worked in television. Do you see your career moving in the general direction of movies or are you still interested in acting on TV?
Kate Moennig:
I’m just happy to be working, considering how much the business has changed in the last few years. I’m open to whatever grabs my interest. I love the reliability of a TV series and equally love throwing myself into a film and then being done with it. As long as it’s different from the last thing I’ve done and doesn’t feel like it’s as creative as paint by numbers.

AE: Last time I saw you, you were in the middle of working on an indie film. What was it? And when do you start filming your next movie, Gone, with Amanda Seyfried?
That movie is called Default. It’s following the format of the found footage genre. It’s loosely based on all these news stories we keep hearing about in the news regarding boats being hijacked by Somalian pirates. However, in this case, we are on a plane in the Seychelles. That was a labor of love, but it was so satisfying to do. Simon Brand directed it. I hope it finds an audience. The way it was put together was very instinctual and everyone involved was at the top of their game.

As for Gone, I do that next month sometime.

AE: What is your dream job and why?
I think Anthony Bourdain has a pretty sweet deal.

AE: You want to be a chef? You are quite the cook! Would you want to have a cooking show?
Thank you. I love the clean kitchens on those shows and how everything dirty magically disappears. I don’t think I could do it. I like to concentrate when I’m cooking. It’s my perfect excuse not to talk.

AE: What is the most dreadful thing you have had to do as an actor?
Having to make terrible dialogue sound natural. And network testing for pilots can be pretty inhumane at times. But there is no way around either of those things sometimes.

AE: Did you know that has interviewed a woman who is a Kate Moennig celebrity impersonator? She goes to parties and does photo shoots as you. How do you deal with those types of things?
You know, I think it got forwarded to me. It’s kind of bizarre and oddly complimenting.