Katherine Moennig

Katherine Moennig

Birth name: Katherine Sian Moennig
Born: December 29, 1977
Age: 45
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Katherine Sian Moennig (born December 29, 1977)[1][2] is an American actress known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word (2004-09), as well as Jake Pratt on Young Americans (2000). Moennig has played the role of Lena in the Showtime series Ray Donovan since 2013.

Moennig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] the daughter of Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and William H. Moennig III.[3] Her father's maternal half sister is actress Blythe Danner, thus she is a cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow.[4]



Moennig moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[5]

In 1999, she had the central role in the Our Lady Peace video "Is Anybody Home?".[6] She also took a role in a Fleet Bank commercial,[7] and appeared in a Red Cross Campaign benefiting victims of Hurricane Katrina. Moennig was a presenter at the 17th annual GLAAD awards and appeared at the 10th annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration.[8]

Moennig's first major role was in the television series Young Americans, playing Jake Pratt. She has played multiple lesbian roles: Shane McCutcheon in The L Word; Rosie's (Drew Barrymore) partner Jilly in Everybody's Fine; Candace, the lesbian lover of Sophia Myles' character, in Art School Confidential; and Lena, a press agent who works for Liev Schreiber's character, in Ray Donovan. She has also pursued transgender roles, auditioning for the part of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry,[9] and playing Cheryl Avery, a young transgender woman in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Fallacy".

In April 2006, Moennig made her Off Broadway debut as "American Girl", opposite Lee Pace, in Guardians, by Peter Morris. The story is loosely based on that of Lynndie England.[10]

In 2007, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) produced the documentary My Address: A Look At Gay Youth Homelessness in cooperation with Moennig. Directed by Gigi Nicolas, the documentary explored the experiences of homeless gay youth and the work of the HMI.

In 2009, Moennig joined the cast of the TV series Three Rivers.[11] On November 30, 2009, it was announced that CBS had pulled Three Rivers from the schedule, with no plans to return it. Moennig appeared in an episode of This Just Out in 2010.[12]

In 2013, tomboy clothing range Wildfang launched in America. Moennig was an ambassador for the brand,[13] appearing in the launch video and designing a limited edition pair of boots.[14]

Also in 2013, Moennig joined the cast of the Showtime drama Ray Donovan, starring as Lena, Ray Donovan's assistant.[15]

In 2017, Moennig narrated her first audiobook, "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Ice People Wanja Kasczinsky Short film
2001 Slo-Mo Raven Short film
2001 Love the Hard Way Debbie
2001 The Shipping News Grace Moosup
2004 Invitation to a Suicide Eva
2006 Art School Confidential Candace
2009 Everybody's Fine Jilly
2010 Lez Chat Athletic Woman Short film
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Gloria
2012 Gone Erica Lonsdale
2014 Default Juliana
2016 My Dead Boyfriend Zoe
2017 Lane 1974 Hallelujah


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Young Americans Jacqueline "Jake" Pratt Main role (8 episodes)
2001 Law & Order Melissa Cobin Episode: "For Love or Money" (S12E03)
2003 Law & Order: SVU Cheryl Avery Episode: "Fallacy" (S4E21)
2004-2009 The L Word Shane McCutcheon Main role (70 episodes)
2008 CSI: Miami Mary Landis Episode: "Rock and a Hard Place" (S6E19)
2009-2010 Three Rivers Dr. Miranda Foster Main role (13 episodes)
2010 Dexter Michael Angelo Episode: "First Blood" S5E05
2013-present Ray Donovan Lena Burnham Main role (49 episodes)


Title Role
Guardians American Girl
As You Like It Shepherdess
The Theory of Total Blame Irene
Comedy of Art Isabella
Morning in the City
Nolan Karen
Love Letters Dr. Melissa
The Shadow Box Felicity
The Murder of Lidice Byeta
The Two Gentlemen of Verona Lucetta
A Late Show Pat
Burn This Anna
Alone at the Beach Chris
Lovers Maggie
Anna K Anna[17][18]

Katherine Moennig supports the following charitable cause: Teens.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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