name = Kat Dennings
birthname = Katherine Litwack
birthdate = birth date and age|1986|06|13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
yearsactive = 2000–present
website = http://www.katdennings.com/
Dennings was born and raised in the Bryn Mawr area near
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Ellie Litwack, is a poetand speech therapist,Abcairn, Robin (August 26, 2006). " [http://articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/26/entertainment/et-swag26 SWAG!] ". " The Los Angeles Times". Retrieved on August 12, 2008.] [" [http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/charlie-bartlett-kat-dennings-interview Charlie Bartlett - Kat Dennings interview] ". IndieLondon. Retrieved on October 4, 2008.] her father, a molecular pharmacologist; she has an older brother, Geoffrey.Rys, Richard (October 2008). " [http://www.phillymag.com/articles/exit_interview_kat_dennings/ Exit Interview: Kat Dennings] ". "Philadelphia". Retrieved on October 4, 2008.] Her family is Jewish.Elkin, Michael. "Kid Kat: A local suburban teen plans on 'Raising Dad'", " The Jewish Exponent", July 19, 2001.] She adopted the name Dennings as her professional name when she was younger. Dennings was home schooled. Her only enrollment at a traditional school was for a half-day at Friends' Central School. She moved with her family to Los Angeles, Californiaaround 2002 so that she could act full time.Gross, Dan (February 18, 2008). " [http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/gossip/20080218_Dan_Gross__Charlie_Bartlett_co-star_Kat_Dennings_fond_of_Philly_roots.html Dan Gross: 'Charlie Bartlett' co-star Kat Dennings fond of Philly roots] ". " Philadelphia Daily News". Retrieved on August 12, 2008.] Her parents initially considered her idea of pursuing an acting career "the worst idea ever," Dennings told "Interview" magazine in 2007.Cosgrove, Julia (August 2007). "Kat Dennings: giving vapid portrayals of teenage girls the high-heeled boot". "Interview".]
Dennings began her career as a child in commercials. She appeared on the
HBOcable television series " Sex and the City" in 2000. She played a 13-year-old girl who hires the character Samantha to handle publicityfor her bat mitzvahin the episode "". Dennings was then cast as Bob Saget's daughter on the short-lived TV series, " Raising Dad" (2001– 2002). Since then, she has appeared in a number of television shows and movies, including the Hilary Dufffilm, " Raise Your Voice" (2004), and " The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), playing Catherine Keener's daughter. Dennings also appeared as the character "Zoe" on several episodes of "ER" in 2005 and 2006, and was a guest star on "", playing Sarah Endecott in the 2005 episode "Manhattan Manhunt". Dennings appeared in the film " Big Momma's House 2" (2006), starring Martin Lawrence.
In 2008, Dennings starred in "
Charlie Bartlett", the story of a wealthy teenager, played by Anton Yelchin, who acts as a psychiatristfor his new public high school. Dennings played Susan Gardner, Bartlett's love interest, and the daughter of the school's principal, played by Robert Downey, Jr.. Dennings also appeared in " The House Bunny", playing Mona, a pierced, misfit sororitygirl. [Hain, Phillip (August 26, 2008). " [http://www.burbankleader.com/articles/2008/08/27/entertainment/gnp-reel27.1.txt REEL CRITIC: ‘Bunny’ is fluff, but it’s funny] ". "Burbank Leader". Retrieved on September 3, 2008.] Dennings stars with Michael Cera, of "Superbad" and "Juno", in the film " Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008), a teen romance. Dennings plays Norah Silverberg, the daughter of a famous record producer.
In 2009, Dennings will appear in "Shorts", a dark children's film directed by
Robert Rodriguez, and " The Dream of the Romans", a story about a celebrity author whose manifestos become a sort of new Bible. Dennings hopes to make "End Zone", a film based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. Although actors Sam Rockwelland Josh Hartnettare involved, the project has yet to be greenlitbecause of its controversial subject matter, nuclear war.Slotek, Jim (September 8, 2008). " [http://www.torontosun.com/TorontoFilmFestival08/news/2008/09/07/6687501-sun.html Dennings revels in her dark side] ". " Toronto Sun". Retrieved on September 8, 2008.] As of October 2008, Dennings was in negotiations to appear in "Defendor", a superherofilm starring Woody Harrelsonand Sandra Oh. [Kilday, Gregg (October 3, 2008). " [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i2db03fb29d573ec5a92b4e1a8dead98c Kat Dennings negotiating to play 'Defendor'] ". " The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved on October 4, 2008.]
Dennings has been
blogging since January 2001, and has since also transitioned into video blogging on YouTube.Miller, Jenni. " [http://www.premiere.com/features/4713/exclusive-interview-nick-and-norah-star-kat-dennings.html Exclusive Interview: 'Nick and Norah' Star Kat Dennings] ". "Premiere". Retrieved on September 2, 2008.] She is a self-proclaimed lover of baby animals, Shōjo manga, and cheese. She is an avid reader and is friends with author Andrea Seigel.
In 2005, Dennings dated
Ira David Wood IV(brother of Evan Rachel Wood), whom she brought to the world premiere of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". [" [http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/tzvnSrGRhBD/Premiere+Universal+Studios+40+Year+Old+Virgin/CDfQ3JM56iC/Kat+Dennings Premiere Of Universal Studios "40 Year Old Virgin" - After Party] ". Zimbio. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.] In 2007, she began seeing " Criminal Minds" star Matthew Gray Gubler. [Small, Jonathan (February 28, 2007). " [http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Interviews-Features/Article/default.aspx?posting=%7BED38FFD4-6DF7-4014-BFFD-946779718280%7D Meet Criminal Minds' Chic Geek, Matthew Gray Gubler] ". " TV Guide". Retrieved on September 7, 2008.]
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