Entertainment Love and Romance Katherine Moennig: Shane on The L Word Share PINTEREST Email Print Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain Love and Romance LGBTQ Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens Friendship By Kathy Belge Syracuse University Kathy Belge is a writer and coauthor of Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships and Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Kathy Belge Updated September 28, 2017 Katherine Moennig plays lesbian playgirl Shane on Showtime's lesbian drama, The L Word. Shane has a reputation for loving 'em and leaving 'em, but she is fiercely loyal to her friends. Kate Moennig was born December 29, 1976, and grew up in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of a Broadway dancer and a violin maker. She is also the niece of actress Blythe Danner and cousin of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Prior to The L Word, Katherine Moennig played a cross-dresser on WB's Young Americans and played a transsexual on Law and Order. She auditioned for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry. Katherine Moennig refuses to discuss her sexual orientation with the press or public. In an interview with The Advocate, she said, "We [actors] want to keep that personal life sacred because that's what's most important at the end of the day." The New York Post's Page Six gossip column reported in April 2005 that Kate Moennig and Francesca Gregorini, ex of Portia de Rossi, were spotted ‘canoodling’ at a party at for Paper magazine’s ‘Beautiful People’ issue, in “full view of guests.” When asked if playing a lesbian might change people's perceptions of homosexuality, Kate Moennig replied in Girlfriends Magazine: "I certainly hope so, I mean, considering the day and age that we're in, and all the crap that we deal with. Even if people aren't initially open to it, I would hope this would give them some insight, help them to realize that love is love, you know?" All the actors on The L Word are said to be friends. During the filming of the second season, Kate Moennig lived with Leisha Hailey (Alice) and Mia Kirshner (Jenny). Erin Daniels (Dana) lived just down the street. Kate Moennig is a fan of the movies. In an interview with Girlfriends magazine, she said a few have represented lesbians in a realistic light. "I think High Art was very well done. Or with Bound, for instance, it's not about being gay--it's a crime, a heist, but the chemistry between the two women is so powerful and some amazing that it became more about them."