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Interview: Kate Moennig

The former The L Word star gives us five minutes

Lotte Jeffs

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:46:57 GMT | Updated 5 years today

Eight years ago, its stars stepped out in front of fans at the UK's first ever convention for The L Word to rapturous applause, whoops and wolf whistles. The hit TV show had made lesbian icons of its cast of largely unknown actresses. Last month, at what is slated to be the penultimate "L Event" at the Hilton Metropole Hotel on the outskirts of Birmingham, Leisha Hailey, who played funny girl Alice, and Kate Moennig, the infamous shaggy-haired lothario Shane, sloped out onto the stage, threw down their rucksacks (kept nearby to ensure a quick escape?) and picked up microphones to little more than a murmur from the audience of surprisingly lacklustre fans, some of whom had paid over £200 for a weekend gold pass.

Moennig, who turned 35 in December, sat with her legs pulled tight into her chest, clasping a mug of lemon tea and wearing a baggy woollen jumper and grey checked scarf. She told the audience she was sick and everything about her lackadaisical performance at the "Q&A session" suggested she'd rather be curled up in bed at home in Hollywood than, admittedly very graciously, answering such questions as, "Kate, where's your hat today?" and, "If you had a tail, what kind of tail would it be?"

I get the impression life in the spotlight, albeit currently a dimming one, doesn't come easily for Moennig. When I ask if she finds it hard to deal with the interest fans take in her personal and love life, "I don't really deal with it on my end of the spectrum", she tells me during our chat in a Hilton boardroom before another autograph session. "It doesn't come into my life. I'm not confronted by the people who are interested in me on a daily basis. I wouldn't know how I would find that stuff out… I guess it comes with the territory. As long as that line of respect is drawn..." She trails off, her quiet East Coast voice, with its long, languid vowels, making every sentence seem like a sigh.


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  • Jo Leslie - Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:17:40 GMT -

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    Where do you get your false information from? Gold tickets have never cost over £200. Aren't magazines supposed to verify their information before printing it?

  • Sara C - Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:09:16 GMT -

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    Also on the editing note: 1) Kate's birthday is today, so she couldn't have aged a year until now 2) She was born in 1977....which makes her turning 34 today not 35