SHOWTIME CHAT TRANSCRIPT - 3.21.04
MOENNIG (Shane McCutcheon) has most recently appeared in the feature films
"The Shipping News," "Love The Hard Way" and
"Invitation to a Suicide." Her television credits include the series
"Young Americans," "Law & Order" and the lead actress in
the music video "Is Anybody Home" for the band Our Lady Peace. On
stage, she has appeared in "As You like It," "Comedy of
Art," "The Theory of Total Blame" and "Morning in the
City" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
I'm so happy people are responding to this show because it means so much. I
thank everyone for watching.
Kate... are you happy with the direction the show is going in and Shane's role
in the story?
Thus far, I am happy. With Shane, it's a very slow buildup, character-wise, and
I think as time goes on, it will only evolve more.
your family business focuses on making violins. do you know how to make violins
or play the violin?
Flygrl, no I have no idea how to play.
Is the tattoo on your back real or is it put on for the show? If it is real, is
it a guitar?
Yes it is real and no it is not a guitar. It's a violin.
Katherine, how does playing such a sexy, laid back character compare with your
Moonspyke, I would like to think I'm just as laid-back as Shane is. As for being
sexy, though, I don't know who looks at themselves and says, "I'm
sexy" in the mirror. So I don't compare her to myself in that way. But I
think the character and myself have a few things in common.
Kate, do you think your character will ever have a long term relationship?
ILaughLoveLive, I do think that at some point Shane will have a substantial
relationship with someone. It seems that she's on the search for it in her own
way, and I find when you stop looking, it just arrives. But that's more of an
Ilene Chaiken question, at the end of the day.
Kate, what to you feel your biggest reward is playing Shane?
My biggest reward is working on a show that is ground-breaking and working with
such a wonderful group of people. It makes going to work a pleasure every day.
And having a character that is unique and something that I benefit from-- I
think that's the most important, to learn something about yourself through work.
I have the pleasure of doing that.
Do you have any idea how many women want you?
I haven't the slightest idea, Kharm! But I'm flattered.
I just want you to know that you have to be the hottest and coolest person on tv
right now. What do you do in your spare time? What kind of music do you listen
Thank you, Final Hour, that's very sweet of you to say. I appreciate that very
much. In my spare time, I find different ways to be creative. I have an amazing
group of friends that I spend an obscene amount of time with and who I love to
pieces. I just try to enjoy life every day.
You tend to take characters that are very different - what attracts you to them?
I don't think I personally seek out these types of characters, but I find them
interesting because they're not a common voice in film and television. But
they're equally important, and I like to give characters voices that people
don't see everyday. It's very gratifying to speak for individuals that aren't
Do you think only lesbians can enjoy this show?
I don't think only lesbians will enjoy the show, Spicy. The show is made up of a
diverse group of women who are all very different from each other, but they're
all looking for love, and that pertains to everyone. How can everyone not relate
to that want? Because at the end of the day, that's what makes us breathe,
that's what makes us happy.
Kate, how is your relationship with all the others on the show?
I adore everyone I work with. It's fun to go to work. The women on the show have
become dear friends, and they're amazing actors, and I learn so much from them.
It's such a gift, it's such a privilege to work with them on this show that we
all love to collaborate on.
What are the things that maek you happy?
Guise, what makes me happy? Friends, love, food and life.
Will we see more character development for Shane - in tonights episode we heard
a little about her childhood - but when will we really get to know Shane?
Yeah, you will see more of her as the season progresses, but it's slow, and
second season, I think, is really going to be the time when you learn more about
I was SO impressed with the storyline tonight, do you all collaborate on them,
or are they pre-dominantly the writers and directors?
Heidi, I'm really glad that you liked this episode. The beauty that we have of
working on the series is that we are allowed a lot of input with the writers to
make the characters real and three-dimensional. So a lot of it goes to the
writing staff, and when we have questions or when we have ideas, they are always
added in, which is not very common in television, but we're very lucky, and we
have a very trustworthy group of writers behind us.
What is in your CD Player right now?
Do you sit around on Sunday nights and watch the show?
Gaymom, a few nights myself and a few other cast members went to Revolver, this
bar in LA in Santa Monica, because they have screenings for the show, so we
checked that out for two weeks. But usually I have a few friends over and we
enjoy it and laugh over it together. Like tonight.
do you ever get embarassed doing the sex scenes?
No. I just focus on the other person, and just turn off my peripheral vision and
forget about everyone else in the room.
Katherine, do you read the message boards?
Indygrl, sometimes. I try not to.
Do you have any hairdressing skills? Would it be safe to leave one's hair in
your hands with a pair of scissors?
Timesup, I have very little, and you'd have to be insane to allow me to cut your
How was it working with RA? On the show you two come across as having great
chemistry making for a very interesting show.
It was a pleasure. She came to work and was extremely generous and open and
willing to go the direction that the scene needed to go in. It was very safe
working with her. I don't think I could have asked for anything better in a
coworker. She's an amazing human. I really enjoyed working with her very very
How long have you and the other cast memebers been friends? I've heard you all
live very close to one another?
Cartonmm, all of us in the cast met when we shot the pilot, which I think at
this point is two years ago. We did spend a lot of time off-set together by
going out to dinner and just being girls and hanging out.
What was it like being on Law and Order SVU?
It was great working on SVU, because the character that I played was so unique.
You rarely ever see a transsexual written honestly. And because of the writing,
I feel I was given so much to work withk so I loved working on that show. I
really loved working on that episode.
I love your voice....is that a stage voice? Or truly how you sound all the time?
No that's my voice.
What was it like with the rapper, Snoop on the set?
Goddess2K, it was very surreal working with Snoop, and kind of insane. Because
all of these people who were never on the set before were all of a sudden there,
and we didn't know who half the people were. They were all part of his group.
But it was wicked working with Snoop
He is a very cool guy.
Katherine....any concern about typecasting? You've got a long career ahead of
you, one would assume. Do you think this role, down the line, may cause
I realize that with certain roles that you take you can easily be pigeon-holed,
but at the end of the day, I'm still an actor, and I'm capable of more than one
kind of character. I think with time and with trust and of course with the
appropriate project, I'll be able to branch out and do more, and that will come
with time. But it's important to get out there and do things that are important
to yourself in regards to work. The things I have taken so far in my career have
much meaning to me. So I try not to look at it as pigeon-hole-ing.
what would someone have to do to get a date with you
I don't know if you'd really want to date me!
Hi Katherine, I'm writing on behalf of my friend Eva-Marie. She would like to
know what things you think about in order to stay true to your role.
Hi Michael and Eva-Marie. I always am conscious of the fact that I'm not trying
to inflict pain on anyone, emotionally, when it's considered a one-night stand.
I always keep in mind that feeling of love, that feeling of having your heart
beat faster, and I think of friendship and how I feel about my friends in my
If you could play anyone's life story, who would it be?
I want to play Patti Smith. Without a doubt, that would be my dream role.
Did you think when going into this project that The L Word would have the impact
it has and how do you think it will effect the character's for the next season?
I knew that when I began the job and I met everyone who was involved in it that
it would definitely become something, but I had no idea what that was. I think
that with second season coming around, we have more time to bring up other
issues and to delve into the characters' psyches a little more and learn about
them, and have different dynamics become established. And if it wasn't for all
of you, we wouldn't have a second season, so I thank you all!
Katherine who is your favorite actress?
There are too many to name, Mayra, but off the top of my head, I would say
Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Martha Plimpton. Frances McDormand.
have you ever thought about writing your own screenplay or series?
Zooky, I'm still figuring out how to act, and that takes up a lot of attention.
I wouldn't know where to begin with a screenplay. But someday. I want to learn
how to do something before I delve into something else.
Katherine: who have been your mentors? what career advice have you taken most to
My mentors have been my mother and some teachers that taught me in college. The
best advice I have ever gotten is just to stay true to yourself, and the worst
that anyone can say is no, so don't give up.
You were great on Young Americans. Was it hard to adopt the mannerisms etc.
needed to pass as Jake?
Nik414, thank you so much. That's a sweet thing to say. When I took the role of
Jake, I kind of regressed to when I was kid, because I was a tomboy and all my
friends were guys. So it wasn't that difficult, it was more fun to relive that
part of my life again.
Hi Katherine! I just love the show, wanted to let you know that....Do you see
yourself possibly attending a Gay Pride event?
Thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoy the show. If our shooting schedule
permits us to do any appearances, I'm sure we'll be there, but it all depends on
our schedule. But it would be fun.
what is your idea of a romantic date?
Being comfortable. And laughing. And being honest.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to all of you! I'm so glad the
show is affecting you, and I'm so happy that all of you are just enjoying it.