Katherine Sian Moennig (born December 29, 1977) is an American actress best known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word, as well as Jake Pratt on Young Americans. As of 2014, she plays Lena in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.
Moennig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and William H. Moennig III. Her father's maternal half sister is actress Blythe Danner, which makes actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow her cousins.
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 benefitting 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"...
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