Full Name: Katherine Victoria Litwack
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Known for: American actress
Family: Gerald J. Litwack (father), Ellen Judith Litwack (mother), Debbie Litwack (sister), Geoffery S. Litwack (brother).
Who is Kat Dennings?
Kat Dennings, born Katherine Victoria Litwack is an American actress who is best known for acting the character of Max Black, an outspoken Brooklyn girl in the hit CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls between 2011 and 2017. She is also known for playing the character of Darcy Lewis in the hit Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films titled Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as Disney+ miniseries, WandaVision (2021). She has had starring roles in films such as Charlie Bartlett, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist alongside Michael Cera, Daydream Nation, To Write Love on Her Arms and Suburban Gothic.
Kat Dennings has made significant headway in her career since her acting debut in 2000 in HBO’s Sex and the City and has appeared in several movies and series down the years, making her a popular figure in Hollywood. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Although she is now known widely as Kat Dennings, she was born Katherine Victoria Litwack on June 13, 1986, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America. Her father is a molecular pharmacologist and professor named Gerald J. Litwack, while her mother, Ellen Judith Litwack, is a speech therapist and poet. She is the youngest of five children. Her sister’s name is Debbie Litwack, and she has a brother called Geoffery S. Litwack. Kat Dennings grew up in a Jewish family and was raised in Penn Cottage, an ancient house that was built around 1694 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
Besides spending a half-day at Friends’ Central School, Kat Dennings was homeschooled by her parents and graduated high school early at 14. She started appearing in commercials when she was 10 years old and then relocated with her family to Los Angeles to focus on acting full time after adopting the professional surname “Dennings.”
Kat Dennings Career
Kat Dennings had been appearing on TV commercials since 10. Her first of such was advertising potato chips that had a poisonous ingredient, but the product never made it to the market.
However, her acting career was destined to begin at some point, and she made her professional debut in 2000, playing the role of an obnoxious 13-year-old in HBO’s Sex and the City. A year later, she got the starring role of Sarah Stewart on the short-lived WB sitcom titled Raising Dad – where she played the role of a 15-year-old girl raised by her widowed father. She played the role from 2001 to 2002.
In 2002, Kat Dennings appeared in the Disney Channel film titled The Scream Team as well as guest appearances on series such as Without a Trace, Less than Perfect, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Missy Wilson (episode: Early Rollout), CSI: NY as Sarah Endecott (episode: Manhattan Manhunt), and Clubhouse. She had a recurring role on the American medical drama television series, ER from 2005 to 2006, playing the role of Zoe Butler.
She was also cast for a five-episode run on WB’s Everwood, but the role was recast with a different actress, Nora Zehetner. Kat Dennings made her feature film debut when she played the role of Sloane in Hilary Duff’s 2004 film, Raise Your Voice, one she once referred to as “a really lucky, lucky break to be cast in that.” From 2005, she appeared to focus on supporting roles for a while, playing the character of Catherine Keener’s daughter in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a movie commonly regarded as a big break for her.
“It was such an interesting process,”
said Kat Dennings after a few auditions for the role. She also said she bonded with Catherine Keener, who played her mother in the movie. She acted as April in Down in the Valley. The following year, she acted in the crime comedy film Big Momma’s House 2– a movie in which legendary American actor and comedian Martin Lawrence starred.
In 2007, Kat Dennings starred in the comedy-drama movie Charlie Bartlett as Susan Gardner. She played Bartlett’s love interest in the movies as well as the daughter of Principal Gardner, played by Robert Downey. Jr. In 2008, she acted as Mona in The House Bunny and starred as Norah Silverberg in the 2008 teen comedy romance movie Norah’s Infinite Playlist. She described Peter Sollett, the director of Norah’s Infinite Playlist, as “just heaven,” and labelled her role as one she really wanted to get. Her performance earned her a nomination for the International Press Academy’s Satellite Award for Best Actress.
The following year, Kat Dennings played a celebrity author in the romantic comedy The Answer Man and co-starred in the dark children’s film Shorts, directed by Robert Rodriguez. She played the role of Stacey Thompson. In the same year, she played the character of a crack-addicted prostitute in the superhero movie Defendor and also provided her voice in the animated sitcom American Dad! as a female juror.
In 2010, Kat Dennings starred in the independent Canadian drama film Daydream Nation as Caroline Wexler and in May, she appeared in the music video for Texas-based musician Bob Schneider’s single ’40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)’. Still in 2010, she got the role of Darcy Lewis in the Marvel Universe superhero film Thor alongside the main character, Chris Hemsworth. The film was shot for six weeks from January 2010 and later released in 2011. Her character, Darcy Lewis, was a tech-savvy, shy sidekick assistant to Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman.
Actress Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls – Till Present
Kat Dennings was cast in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls in 2011. The series was produced by Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings. The sitcom, which follows the lives of two underemployed girls, debuted in September 2011 and went through April 2017 before being cancelled by CBS in May 2017 after six seasons. Dennings played the role of a tough and direct Brooklyn girl while her co-star, Beth Behrs, acted as a Manhattan heiress who lost her inheritance.
Reportedly, Kat Dennings accepted the role because she liked the idea of reaching a wider audience with her talent. Next, she appeared in the drama film To Write Love on Her Arms in 2012, playing the role of Renee Yohe, a teenager who struggled with substance abuse and self-harm. The film was originally titled Renee, after the main character. Still in 2012, Kat Dennings was cast in 2014 horror-comedy Suburban Gothic as a small-town bartender. She introduced the American rock band, The Black Keys, at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013 and appeared in a music video for the Hanson single titled ‘Get the Girl Back,’ alongside Nikki Reed. Both actresses are close friends and also fans of the pop group.
In 2013, Kat Dennings reprised the same character, Darcy Lewis, in the superhero sequel movie Thor: The Dark World. She notably worked on the film and 2 Broke Girls simultaneously as she flew to London for six months between breaks on the sitcom.
In 2018, a year after the CBS series 2 Broke Girls was cancelled, it was announced Kat would play the role of Abby in the comedy film Friendsgiving.
In November 2019, she starred in the Hulu comedy series, Dollface. However, taking a new TV role so soon after the long-running CBS sitcom was a major decision for her. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kat Dennings said of her role in Dollface:
“Dollface is more of a look back into a time in my life that I didn’t really want to revisit — my early twenties and mid-twenties were kind of a mess, and that’s where my character starts out in Dollface…It is centered around female friendship, but it is certainly universal.”
In fact, Brenda Song, who plays Madison, is a very close friend of hers in real life. She later reprised her role as Darcy Lewis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a supporting role in the Disney+ superhero series WandaVision.
Kat Dennings has had several other television works, which includes different roles in series like Big Mouth, where she played the animated character of Leah Birch, Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, and Dallas & Robo, in which she was also an executive producer. She also had a guest role in The Newsroom as Blair Lansing.
Kat Dennings was born into a Jewish family, but it is important to note that she is more culturally and ethnically affiliated to Judaism than religiously. Speaking about this in 2018, she said:
“[Judaism] is an important part of my history, but, as a whole, religion is not a part of my life.”
She also practices Transcendental Meditation, as reported by The New York Times in 2013. She does not drink or smoke and does not like people who do. She told BlackBook Magazine in 2008 that:
“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke and I don’t like being around people who do.”
Kat Dennings maintained a blog between 2001 to 2010 on her website katdennings.com. Later on, she ventured into social media and video blogging on YouTube. She has regularly shared some of her workout routines and tips on losing weight. Her favourite hobby is knitting, and she started a knitting club named The Yarn and the Restlessalongside UFC champion Ronda Rousey. She also learnt to decorate cupcakes as part of the preparation for her role in 2 Broke Girls. She also co-wrote a script titled Your Dreams Suck with her brother, Geoffrey Litwack. Her best friend is photographer Rodene Jones.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Millie, and she is an animal welfare supporter.
Kat Dennings has been romantically linked with different people in the past. The most notable of these is her two-and-a-half-year affair with the actor, Ira David Wood IV, as well as her two-year relationship with2 Broke Girls co-star Nick Zano. The two stars broke up just like their romantic characters did in the series. She also dated singer Josh Groban from 2014 to 2016. It was E! News that first reported her relationship with Josh Groban. She was introduced to him by her other co-star Beth Behrs.
In May 2021, it was confirmed that she was in a relationship with American rock singer Andrew W.K, who she had been a fan of since at least 2014. The pair met in Los Angeles earlier in the year, and a week later, after the confirmation, the couple announced their engagement on Instagram.
Actress Kat Dennings is 5 feet and 3.5 inches tall, and she weighs around 58kg. Her current body measurements are 38-27-34.
Kat Dennings has enjoyed great success in Hollywood and has earned quite an income. In addition to ads and endorsement deals, Kat Dennings has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
Awards and Nominations
Kat Dennings won the Best Actress Award at the Crystal Reel Awards in 2012 for her performance in To Write Love on Her Arms. She has also been nominated for a number of awards. These include being nominated for the Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama at the 2008 Satellite Award for her performance in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. She was also nominated for the Breakthrough Performance – Female at the 2009 MTV Movie Award for the same film. Another nomination for the same performance came at the Teen Choice Award in 2009 for Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance.
Other nominations to her name include the Favorite TV Gal Pals (with Beth Behrs) at the 2014 People’s Choice Award for 2 Broke Girls, and the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie at the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards for her performance in the Disney+ miniseries, WandaVision. That’s all on the biography of Kat Dennings.