HOW'S this for a parlor game: Which lesbian on 'The L Word' would you most like to sleep with?
Kate Moennig: "I've always been an outsider"
Centering on an eclectic and improbably glamorous group of lesbians living in West Hollywood, "The L Word" is something of a gay, 21st century "Thirtysomething," with katherine toddlers and a lot more sex. But while not many people talked about mentally undressing the likes of Michael or Elliot, "The L Word" seems to invite no end of experimental erotic fantasy.
The hands-down winner, particularly among straight women, seems to be Shane McCutcheon, the Lothario-like hairstylist whose smoky voice and boyish swagger present a version of female sexuality rarely seen on television. Shane's real-life alter ego, the inscrutable and unequivocally androgynous actress Katherine Moennig pronounced MAN-iggbears a disarming resemblance to the character she plays.
Though not quite as severe and presumably less sexually rapacious than Shane who, we learned last season, has slept with upward of 1, womenMoennig embodies a hyper-cool gender-bending that touches a gay with viewers across the spectrum of sexual orientation.
Dressed for a recent interview in classic Shane attire -- a short, tailored jacket, low-slung jeans and Vans sneakers -- and speaking in a post my nude photos, unmannered drone, Moennig comes across as Shane Plus, a sylph-like, punk rock-inspired tomboy with an easier smile and quicker laugh than Shane, not to mention a penchant for eating lunch at the Chateau Marmont -- not necessarily Shane's kind of place.
I don't think she has butch qualities, and she doesn't look butch.
I think that's an easy real to make because she's not as feminine as the other girls. I'd call her androgynous because she is.
Her mother is a former Broadway dancer, and her father, who passed away last spring, life the brother of actress Blythe Danner, which of course makes Gwyneth Paltrow her cousin.
But the moennig resemblance seems to go only as far as the model-like bone structure and perpetually slouched shoulders.