Jun. 13th, 1986
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 4 1/2
Kat Dennings' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Thor
2009 - Shorts
2008 - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
2008 - The House Bunny
2007 - Charlie Bartlett
2006 - Big Momma's House 2
2005 - Down in the Valley
2005 - The 40 Year Old Virgin
2004 - Raise Your Voice
Guest TV Roles
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 college professor and chairman. 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 at the age of 10. Her first acting job was an ad for potato chips. Dennings broke into television with an appearance on HBO's Sex and the City in 2000.
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.
- Most of the characters she plays tend to be "rebellious daughters" around 15 or 16.
- Was originally cast as Laynie Hart on _"Everwood" (2002)_ (qv), but the role was recast for unknown reasons. It later went to 'Nora Zehetner' (qv).
- She suffers from Arachnophobia, fear of spiders.
- Youngest of five children. Father is a molecular pharmacologist. Mother is a poet and speech therapist. Both are Jewish.
- Took piano lessons for her role as Sloane in "Raise Your Voice".
- She is near-sighted.
- Ranked #55 on interview magazines Hollywood faces to watch "Future Stars of Tomorrow".
- Of her family members she has a mother named Ellie, father named Gerald, a brother named Geoffrey, and a sister named Debbie.