Emerging from the doldrums of bit casting and supporting roles, Pittsburgh native Kat Dennings has taken the scene by storm with the award-winning CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls. Recently appearing in the mega blockbuster Thor, she’s on her way to becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Here’s the goods on this broke girl.
1. Dennings is a Stage Name
Kat’s real last name is Litwack, which in her own words is “a sturdy Polish-Jewish name.” The change occurred because she didn’t think her original title was exceptionally pretty, and in order to test people who claimed to know her. We’re on to you, Litwack.
2. She Was Home Schooled
After attending Friends Central School for half a day, that was it regarding public education. Kat then proceeded to graduate early from her own private high school at just 14, when she started her professional acting career.
3. Her Professional Acting Debut Was in Sex and the City
In case you missed it, that’s Dennings as the snarky 13-year-old who hires Samantha to publicize her bat mitzvah. Bonus fact: While she retains that she is culturally and ethnically Jewish, religion does not play a large role in her life.
4. Her Body is a Pretty Pretty Temple
You won’t catch Kat at the local watering hole or opium den anytime soon. “I don’t drink and I don’t smoke and I don’t like being around people who do.” So not only is she no fun, she’s bitchy and judgmental about it. Our kinda girl.
5. She’s an avid Reader and Knitter
Yes, when she’s not playing a financially challenged Brooklynite, she’s cuddled up with a pair of needles and a good book. No word yet if she prefers her milk warm or chilled.
7. She Has Played Slumber Party Games with Paul McCartney
Apparently when you’re famous and awesome, people that are even more famous and awesome will do whatever you want. No word yet on how the taffy pull went.
8. She’s One of Those Gorgeous People
Recently inducted into Maxim’s Hot 100, Dennings has been dismissing ideas that she is indeed extremely attractive. Why won’t you believe us, Kat? You’re boring, but you’re hot. Embrace the objectification.
9. She’s Played a Crack-Addicted Prostitute
While usually cast as the rebellious daughter type in such films as 40 Year Old Virgin or Big Momma’s House 2, she played a drug-addled street walker with Woody Harrelson in Defendor. Now that’s range for you.
10. She’s Dating Nick Zano
Sorry fellas, she’s off the market. Since November of 2011, her and fellow Broke Girls cast member Nick Zano have been dating. We’ll wait for you.