Katherine Litwack (born June 13, 1986), better known by the stage name Kat Dennings, is an American actress. Emerging with a role in an episode of the HBO dramedy series Sex and the City, Dennings has since appeared in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Big Momma's House 2, Charlie Bartlett, Raise Your Voice, The House Bunny, Defendor, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Thor (film).
Dennings has been blogging since January 2001, and later transitioned into video blogging on YouTube. She is an avid reader and is friends with author Andrea Seigel. Dennings stated to The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles that Judaism "is an important part of my history, but, as a whole, religion is not a part of my life. In December 2008, Dennings told BlackBook magazine, "I don’t drink and I don’t smoke and I don’t like being around people who do.
In an interview with The Times in January 2009, Dennings stated, “I don’t have a boyfriend. I have friends, girl friends, great friends. We just hang out in other’s places and have one-on-one bonding time. Later, in an interview with Daydream Nation co-star Josh Lucas and interviewer David Poland, Dennings admitted to having a boyfriend.
Dennings was born and raised in the Bryn Mawr area near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Ellen Judith Litwack, is a poet and speech therapist, and her father, Gerald J. Litwack, is a molecular pharmacologist and the chair of the Basic Sciences department ofThe Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dennings is the youngest of five children, including an older brother, Geoffrey S. Litwack. Her family is Jewish.
Dennings was home schooled; her only enrollment at a traditional school was for a half-day at Friends' Central School. She graduated from high school early, at the age of 14. She moved with her family to Los Angeles, California around 2002 so that she could act full time. She adopted the name Dennings as her professional name when she was younger. According to Dennings, as stated in Interview magazine in 2007, her parents initially considered her idea of pursuing an acting career to be the worst idea ever.
Dennings began her career in commercials as a child; her first acting job was an ad for potato chips. She broke into television with an appearance on HBO's Sex and the City in 2000. She played a 13-year-old who hires Samantha to handle publicity for her bat mitzvah in Hot Child in the City. Dennings then starred on the short-lived series Raising Dad from 2001–2002 as Sarah, a 15-year-old raised by her widowed father (Bob Saget), with a pre-teen sister (Brie Larson). In 2002, Dennings played a teenager that stumbles into a group of ghosts on The Scream Team, a Disney Channel movie, and was cast for a 5 episode run on The WB's Everwood. Her role on Everwood was recast however, going to Nora Zehetner.
Dennings continued working in television, guest-starring on Without a Trace, as a teen whose boyfriend goes missing, and on Less Than Perfect, in 2003. She was cast in a pilot for CBS, Sudbury, about a family of modern-day witches, based on the 1998 film Practical Magic, but the series wasn't picked up. Dennings had a recurring role on ER from 2005-2006 as Zoe Butler, and guest-starred on CSI: NY as Sarah Endecott, in the episode "Manhattan Manhunt", in 2005.
Awards and nominations
2008 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, nomination for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
2009 MTV Movie Awards – Breakthrough Performance Female, nomination for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
2009 Teen Choice Award – Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance, nomination for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sex and the City Jenny Brier TV series, in the episode "Hot Child in the City"
2001–2002 Raising Dad Sarah Stewart TV series
2002 The Scream Team Claire Carlyle TV film
2003 The Snobs TV movie
2003 Without a Trace Jennifer Norton TV series, in the episode "Our Sons and Daughters"
2003 Less Than Perfect Kaitlin TV series, in the episode "The Girl Next Door"
2004 Sudbury Antonia Owens TV pilot
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Missy Wilson TV series, in the episode "Early Rollout"
2004 Raise Your Voice Sloane
2005 Down in the Valley April
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Marla
2005 London Lilly
2005 CSI: NY Sarah Endecott TV series, in the episode "Manhattan Manhunt"
2005 ER Zoe Butler TV series, 5 episodes in season 12
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Molly
2006 Wanderlust Lila TV movie
2008 Charlie Bartlett Susan Gardner
2008 The House Bunny Mona
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Norah Silverberg
2009 The Answer Man Dahlia
2009 Shorts Stacey Thompson
2009 Defendor Kat
2009 American Dad! Tanqueray TV series, in the episode "G-String Circus"
2010 Daydream Nation Caroline Wexler
2011 Thor Darcy
2011 Two Broke Girls Max TV pilot