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Posted by Renee on 09 October 2013 with 0 Comments
Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and her best friend, photographer Rodene Jones, first met as teenagers. Like any close, longtime friends, the two have weathered their share of successes and setbacks together in the years since — but nothing prepared them for Rodene’s breast-cancer diagnosis last year at age 31. After Rodene’s fiancé noticed a lump underneath her breast, Rodene not only learned she had triple-negative cancer, but she also tested positive for BRCA1; that gene greatly increases the likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancers. Rodene quickly began a grueling treatment process that would transform not only her own life but the lives of the people who love her.
On the latest episode of In Her World, we sit down with Kat and Rodene for a surprisingly honest, candid talk about the realities of facing cancer, the transformative power of friendship, and what every young woman needs to know — and do — about taking control of her health. Brought to you by Ford Warriors in Pink.
Posted by Renee on 08 October 2013 with 0 Comments
We talked to Kat Dennings star of ‘Two Broke Girls’ about cheap things. I mean it’s pretty fitting, considering she plays a girl who is utterly broke! However in real life, as an actress she confesses that it’s not always glamorous. She admitted she used to steal sugar packets from Starbuck! She says “It’s not stealing, its there for me.” You’ve got a point there Kat, if it doesn’t have a price tag on it we could take it!
Posted by Renee on 05 October 2013 with 0 Comments
Rather than be jealous of co-star Natalie Portman‘s more glamorous “Thor: The Dark World” action figure, Kat Dennings is chomping at the bit to get her hands on the chunkier Darcy Lewis toy.“I saw on the Internet the other day that Darcy is being made into a Lego, and that is very cool,” Dennings tells Zap2it. “It’s a Minimates Lego set. And this is probably the biggest deal in my life!”Not that she’ll be buying them all up for herself. The youngest of five children, she is the aunt to many.“I have little nieces and nephews and they will all be getting this from their aunt for Hanukkah,” the actress says.
Posted by Renee on 20 September 2013 with 0 Comments
I got into reading because: My mom used to take me to The Owl Bookshop in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. You could buy books by the pound.
Favorite literary genre: I like jaunty classics, preferably involving a hapless lady or a magical turn.
Most-loved reads:A Girl of the Limberlost and The Twilight of Magic. My dream is to make one of those into a movie.
Authors I admire: Charlotte Brontë—I collect editions of Jane Eyre—and Colette.
What I love about old books: The smell. It’s my crack!
The last time I was book shopping with my boyfriend [actor Nick Zano]: He left and came back and I didn’t even notice. I was like, “Where’d you get that coffee?” He’d been gone for two hours. @officialkat
Posted by Renee on 12 September 2013 with 0 Comments
Things get super cosmic in the Marvel Comics sequel “Thor: The Dark World” (Nov. 8). No matter how many dimensions are threatened, though, we can count on Kat Dennings’ earthy Darcy Lewis to keep things comically real again.
The funniest part of the first “Thor” movie, the clueless science intern is back in what’s being called an “extended role” to help her boss, physicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), succeed heroically and romantically with the extraterrestrial Norse thunder god (Chris Hemsworth).
“Darcy’s a political science major who’s interning with Jane for credit,” explains Dennings, the star of the TV sitcom “2 Broke Girls.” “She’s really bad at real science in this first movie. In the second movie, she’s more interested, but she still doesn’t know anything about it. She loves Jane, she really wants Jane and Thor to be together. It’s almost like her own little soap opera that she watches.”
Dennings was reluctantly non-specific about what her extended role might be this time around.
“Darcy does many amazing things, the content of which I will probably get snipered if I reveal,” she apologizes. “But there are a lot of awesome sequences involving Darcy that I think fans of the movie will be excited to see — and that I, as a fan, was spoiled to be doing. You’ll see Darcy as you’ve never seen her before.”
In action scenes?
“Maaaybe,” she coyly says. “Possssibly.”
Does Darcy find a Norse god to call her own?
“I’m not gonna tell ya. But I’m not gonna rule it out. There are a lot of surprises in store for Darcy in this movie. Some things even surprised me.”
One pleasant surprise was working with sequel director Alan Taylor, a veteran of such quality television series as “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos” and “Game of Thrones.”
“Alan has a great eye and a great sensibility,” Dennings says. “He’s great at serious sequences and action sequences, has a really deft hand. He’s comfortable in that world, and he’s also good at one-on-one, smaller scenes on Earth, and love scenes. He can do it all, and had a fresh take on the Thor world.”
As — always— does Darcy.
“She’s part of the audience,” Dennings explains. “She kind of reacts the way anyone watching the scenes in reality would.”
Posted by Claudia on 20 June 2013 with 0 Comments
Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.
After stealing comedic thunder from the goddesses in her 2000 debut as the foul-mouthed Jewish princess Jenny Brier in Sex And The City, Kat Dennings made an impression on the show’s creator, Michael Patrick King. So when King offered Dennings a shot at playing a free-spirited New York waitress in the CBS series 2 Broke Girls, which he co-created with Whitney Cummings, choosing between film or TV was a little easier for the actress. Kind of a Laverne & Shirley for the millennial set, the series finds Dennings is right at home as Max Black, delivering one-liners in the style of Bea Arthur, Megan Mullally or even Fran Drescher. In fact, since her early teens—and without any acting lessons—Dennings has vamped and deadpanned, a natural talent that’s given her the opportunity to work with director Judd Apatow on The 40-Year-Old Virgin and play a supporting comic-relief role in Marvel’s Thor franchise.
AwardsLine: You’ve distinguished yourself as a comedic performer with your deadpan cadence. Did you nurture this over time?
Dennings: That’s really interesting—I’ve never thought much about that. I guess it’s just how I am. But I know for a fact my older brother Geoffrey is also very much like that. And I worshipped him as a kid, so I give him a little credit.
AwardsLine: What was that first Sex And The City audition like?
Dennings: I was 13 or 14 then, homeschooled, lived in the woods and didn’t have TV. So I had no idea what this show was. (The audition) was six pages of sides; I read it, and Michael said, “Come back tomorrow. Memorized.” And I looked at him, and I was like “Fuck it, I will!” So in the cab on the way back to Penn Station, there was a building covered in the Sex And The City poster, and I thought, “Damn! I just sassed that guy, and this is such a big deal!”
AwardsLine: You were joking around?
Dennings: I was messing with him, but also I was sort of challenging him. Like, “I can do that too.”
AwardsLine: Did Michael see you in another project prior to 2 Broke Girls that reminded him of you?
Dennings: I guess. I’ve never asked. I’ve heard him talk on panels so that’s how I get my information. Maybe Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist?
AwardsLine: Tell me about the genesis of 2 Broke Girls.
Dennings: I think the waitering part and Caroline’s (Beth Behrs) jobs are based on Michael’s experiences. The hoarders episode happened to Michael, as well as the one where we went into this guy’s apartment and found naked pictures of him. The cupcake shop and its demise are based on his sister’s experience. And he loved that as a device, which is really smart.
AwardsLine: In discovering Beth Behrs, did they test a number of girls with you?
Dennings: I was in Florida shooting a really dark film. They called and asked if I could fly back and read, and I’m like, “I’m in Florida. I’m getting raped in a tub. I’m not in a good spot.” And they said, “We get it. Just watch her Funny or Die stuff.” However, they needed to see us together. We got in front of CBS to test, which was one of the most terrifying experiences. I’ve done it a few times. Ninety-five percent of the time no one laughs. You know when you watch those SNL auditions and no one laughs? It’s like that. This was the last step in Beth’s hiring process. Michael loves telling this, but we left that test, and I put my arm around her instinctively.
AwardsLine: You were initially inspired by Fran Drescher for your character and then threw that out.
Dennings: When you start putting someone in the character instead of yourself, it’s muddled. Before we shot the pilot, I was so nervous. It’s a live audience. I watched Jack Black in High Fidelity, and his performance made me feel brave. And I watched The Nanny because she was the only one I could think of who was sort of like that tough Jewish Brooklyn girl. But again, that’s someone else’s character, and I have to develop my own. I kind of ended up imitating my mother because she was a poor girl from Queens who was cool and tough.
AwardsLine: Does your delivery of zingers on the show come naturally?
Dennings: Well, I’ve learned the best way to do it is not to think about it. We’ll get to the show and we’ll do a take, and then the writers rewrite everything. Eighty percent of what airs was given to us the second before we said it. And that’s where they do their best work and gauge what’s funny off the audience. You’re discovering the jokes at the same time as everybody else.
AwardsLine: When you read scripts, can you tell the difference between material coming from a male versus a female writer?
Dennings: Jhoni Marchinko is a legendary sitcom writer, and I can tell her jokes from when she was on Will & Grace. I can tell her flavor on stuff. I mean, Pat (Walsh) and Michael and the male writers are brilliant, but we’re writing for two girls all the time, so having women is essential. Also we have a lot of gay writers, which is a really important voice for our show. It’s just such a perfect melody with all these different instruments.
Posted by Claudia on 09 June 2013 with 0 Comments
Million thanks to Anjelica for donating those scans, enjoy them HQ in our gallery.
Kat Dennings’ most difficult scene on “2 Broke Girls” ended up cut from the show. Anna Gunn had to mime a sex act for her “Breaking Bad” audition. Simon Helberg turned down his first audition for “The Big Bang Theory.” Jessica Paré found out she was getting a proposal on “Mad Men” from someone in the prop department. Guillermo Diaz spent a day being waterboarded naked for “Scandal.” Those are just some of the revelations uncovered during Backstage’s third annual Emmy Roundtable, held in May in Hollywood. All five actors are coming off a terrific year on popular programs and spoke about landing their roles, their most difficult scenes, and when they realized their show was a hit.
How were all of you cast?
Kat Dennings: I got offered the role, which is a lucky break. I worked with Michael Patrick King when I was 13, on my first big job on “Sex and the City.” I played this bitchy girl having her bat mitzvah.
Were you looking to do television?
Dennings: I wasn’t, really. It was just kind of the perfect thing—it shoots near where I live, and it’s great. Sometimes you just don’t want to go to Canada anymore and shoot at 3 a.m. when you have the flu, for $2 a day. It’s such a luxury to work near where your family lives and actually make a little bit of cheddar. Just to be clear—I love Canada!