Born: December 29, 1977
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Katherine Sian Moennig (born December 29, 1977) 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, the daughter of Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and William H. Moennig III. Her father's maternal half sister is actress Blythe Danner, thus she is a cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2014, she dated actress Evan Rachel Wood.
Moennig moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 1999, she had the central role in the Our Lady Peace video "Is Anybody Home?". She also took a role in a Fleet Bank commercial, 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.
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, 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.
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. 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.
In 2013, tomboy clothing range Wildfang launched in America. Moennig was an ambassador for the brand, appearing in the launch video and designing a limited edition pair of boots.
Also in 2013, Moennig joined the cast of the new Showtime drama Ray Donovan, starring as Lena, Ray Donovan's assistant.
In 2017, Moennig narrated her first audiobook, "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly.
|2000||Ice People, TheThe Ice People||Wanja Kasczinsky||Short film|
|2001||Love the Hard Way||Debbie|
|2001||Shipping News, TheThe Shipping News||Grace Moosup|
|2004||Invitation to a Suicide||Eva|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Candace|
|2010||Lez Chat||Athletic Woman||Short film|
|2011||Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln Lawyer||Gloria|
|2016||My Dead Boyfriend||Zoe|
|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||L Word, TheThe 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||Main role (29 episodes)|
|As You Like It||Shepherdess|
|Theory of Total Blame, TheThe Theory of Total Blame||Irene|
|Comedy of Art||Isabella|
|Morning in the City|
|Love Letters||Dr. Melissa|
|Shadow Box, TheThe Shadow Box||Felicity|
|Murder of Lidice, TheThe Murder of Lidice||Byeta|
|Two Gentlemen of Verona, TheThe Two Gentlemen of Verona||Lucetta|
|Late Show, AA Late Show||Pat|
|Alone at the Beach||Chris|
Katherine Moennig supports the following charitable cause: Teens.