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kat dennings x nylon

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Date: Sep 7th, 2011

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Our cover girl talks about her new TV show!

This Fall, Kat Dennings returns to TV in the Michael Patrick King comedy, Two Broke Girls. Read her interview here, then check out more quotes and photos in the September issue of NYLON, on stands now.

Your show takes place in Brooklyn, but you film in LA. What’s that like? The studio we were filming at has “fake New York” sets, and they look so real. It’s really creepy. When you watch it, it really feels like they’re in New York… And that’s actually a Michael Patrick King thing. He can really infuse [the show] with New York spirit. And this is a very different New York than Sex and the City.

Yeah. Not as glamorous
No. This is Brooklyn… I’m familiar with the whole Williamsburg scene, and I think it’s depicted pretty well… But Zach’s Diner looks so much like the Double R Diner from Twin Peaks.

Oh my god! I just started watching that. It’s so good!.. Season 2 starts to wane for me a bit, because I can feel Lynch stepping away. I can feel him being like ‘fuck it’. Because Season One is all Lynch, then Season Two is a little bit of Lynch. It feels different. But it was too much for me, because I had a viewing marathon. I spent like three days just [watching] Twin Peaks. I saw no one, did nothing except watch Twin Peaks. I slept on my couch because I was too scared. It was insane.

Tell us about your new show, Two Broke Girls. They hired one of my friends, Molly McAleer, to be a writer, and I am so excited. Do you know her blog, Mollshewrote? She’s fucking brilliant! I’ve been a fan of hers, and then we found each other on Twitter, because she’s friends with my brother’s best friend from Brown. It’s a whole thing…. And she told me that they were hiring writers… I called [the producers] and I was like “Hire Molls McAleer. TRUST ME!” and they did! Because she’s brilliant.

How would you describe your character? She’s very tough and very Brooklyn. She’s been broke her whole life basically, so she’s a really hard worker. She’s really committed and she’s very smart, and very sharp. Her whole life revolves around paying her rent, but she has this sort of secret joy she gets from making cupcakes, and she sells them at the diner and makes a little bit of side money through that. So she’s a very complicated girl.

Do you think being broke makes her bitter? Maybe, but it’s funny because when she meets Caroline, played by Beth, she’s bitter toward her because she’s rich and whatever, but she’s broke now. And that kind of evens the playing field. and then she sort of opens up and realizes that.

Have you ever been like that? I mean, I always sort of resented people who just got handed stuff. You know what I mean? I can’t even name any names, but there’s no one in my family who has anything to do with acting. There’s no one in the business. I ice-picked my way up. I had no connections; no nothing. So I can relate to that with Max, because we didn’t have a lot of money we didn’t have any “ins” with anything, so it’s just pure luck and tenacity that I got anywhere, and that’s kind of where Max is coming from. So I can really relate to that, and I’m an East Coast girl so I can relate to that. I love diners. I’ve never been a waitress… But I’ve done some pretty ghetto acting jobs in my life.

So how did you ice-pick your way into the business? My brother’s friend growing up, his friend from karate class – for real – sometimes had a guest spot on Nickelodeon shows like Pete and Pete. So I was like, “How do I do this?” And he introduced me to his manager, who’s in Philly, and she signed me, and I started going off to auditions in New York, and I just started getting stuff, like commercials. I was just the funny-looking kid in Philly, outgoing and whatever. And then I just kind of kept getting stuff. I didn’t really realize that was unusual. I got, like, two commercials in a month or something. But I was in New York almost every day. It was real a financial commitment for my parents, and a real time commitment for me and my parents, because they completely supported me, which was amazing. And then weirdly, Michael Patrick King hired me to be in an episode of Sex and the City when I was like, 13.

Tell us about that. It’s called “Hot Child in the City.” I played a Bat Mitzvah girl who hires Samantha to be my publicist… But isn’t that weird? [Michael Patrick King] kind of gave me my first big job and now he’s kind of giving me another gig.

Why did you decide to do a TV show? It’s more like a film with the relationships. Because I was like, “If I’m doing this, it has to have some kind of truth to it.” Otherwise I’m just selling out, you know? So that’s what people can expect, more real investment in the people, which I think doesn’t happen that much [on TV].

Do you watch a lot of TV? Actually, I definitely watch Cupcake Wars… and I watch shows that are already on DVD. The Nanny is my favorite. Golden Girls… we’re talking about classics right now… Twin Peaks obviously, and My So Called Life is my number one… God my first boyfriend looked just like [Jordan Catalano].

Really? Lucky you! Yeah. He was so beautiful… I saw [Jared Leto] at a NYLON party… He looks like he’s 20 years old!… Not a wrinkle on his skin. It’s crazy. [I think] he’s drinking virgin blood from Transylvania…. I met him. I think he’s really nice!

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2 broke girls episode 1 and 2 stills

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Date: Sep 4th, 2011

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Updated the gallery with stills from the pilot and episode two (And the Break-up Scene) of 2 Broke Girls.

Pilot
And the Break-up Scene

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people magazine and 2 broke girls billboards

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Date: Aug 30th, 2011

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Kat and Beth had a tiny note in People Magazine, thanks to Elvira for the photo! If anyone has a bigger one, or a scan, please feel free to email it to us and we’ll put that up in the gallery.

Daily Billboard also posted some pictures taken of 2 Broke Girls billboards, which are also now in the gallery.

I also want to remind everyone that if it’s annoying to check this site for Kat news, you can also follow us on the following sites; Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. And if you use your Google Reader, just paste “http://kat-dennings.net” into your feed. :)

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kat and beth in the september issue of nylon

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Date: Aug 29th, 2011

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2 Broke Girl isn’t your typical New York City sitcom (apart from that distracting laugh track, but we’ll let it go). It goes like this: heiress (Caroline, played by Beth Behrs) goes broke. Heiress gets waitress gig in a cheap-ass diner. Heiress makes friends with snarky co-worker (Max, played by Kat Dennings). Heiress and snarky co-worker brave the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, together with just a few dollars to their name. Hilarity ensues.

KAT DENNINGS
Max is very tough and very Brooklyn. She’s been broke her whole life so she’s a really hard worker. She’s really committed and she’s very smart and very sharp. So she’s a very complicated girl and she seems really tough but she’s actually really sweet; she just doesn’t really get a chance to show it.

I recently had a Twin Peaks viewing marathon. I spent like, three days watching it. I saw no one and did nothing and I slept on my couch because I was so scared. It was insane. Zach’s Diner [where Max works] looks so much like the Double R Diner from Twin Peaks.

Michael Patrick King hired me to be in an episode of Sex and the City. It was when I was 13 and [the episode] is called “Hot Child in the City.” I played a bat mitzvah girl who hired Samantha to be my publicist. So, [Michael] gave me my first big job and now he’s giving me another gig.

BETH BEHRS
I was moving apartments when I found out that the show got picked up. I had a box in my hands and when I got a text from [co-executive producer and actress] Whitney Cummings telling me the news, I dropped the box, I was crying, I called my parents… it was exciting.

Kat and I get along so well. It’s like being with your best girlfriend all the time. And Jonathan Kite [who plays Oleg, the diner's cook] does amazing impressions – his Vince Vaughn is insane. I’m always like “Do Vince Vaughn! Do Vince Vaughn!” He can talk the whole day like him.

I thought a lot about what a crazy life change Caroline’s going through. For her to go from having a doorman hand her a Starbucks every single day – no concerns – to having nothing. And she lost all of her friends because no one wanted to talk to her after that.

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at the philadelphia style party

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Date: Aug 22nd, 2011

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another 2 broke girls behind the scenes

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Date: Aug 13th, 2011

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2 broke girls website

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Date: Aug 13th, 2011

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The official 2 Broke Girls website is now live. Click the image above to go check it out. It has profiles, episode stills, interviews and more. I’ve also uploaded the new stills in the gallery:

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2 Broke Girls premieres on CBS Monday 19 September.

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tca event bulletpoints

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Date: Aug 5th, 2011

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The stars of CBS’s new comedy 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, showed up at TCA today to talk about their Brooklyn-set sitcom about two waitresses from extremely different backgrounds (Dennings’s character, Max, has always struggled, where Behrs’s Caroline is a former heiress who has just lost all her money). Series creators Michael Patrick King (of Sex and the City) and Whitney Cummings (who was just at TCA on Monday for her new NBC show, Whitney) also chatted about the genesis of the series and the edginess of the humor. Here are highlights:

  • Dennings, best known for movies like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and this Summer’s Thor, was asked why she was making the transition to TV. She mentioned that although things were “actually picking up,” she was frustrated about doing smaller films that no one ever saw. She wanted “to do something where people will definitely see it . . . because I’m a hard worker.” While Dennings said she hadn’t thought about TV, the fact that Cummings and King were behind the show made it seem “like a gift” and that she felt “just really lucky this came along.”
  • King’s goal for the series is for it to be “as contemporary and as edgy as two broke girls would be today if they were living in Williamsburg,” while also striving for authenticity. That’s why he wanted Dennings, calling her “a legitimate outsider girl” who makes the comedy real. In her costar Behrs, King said they “discovered this beautiful character,” but Dennings is their “amazing, authentic outsider.”
  • Keep reading to find out more about 2 Broke Girls, including how it’s in sharp contrast to King’s prior project Sex and the City.

  • Sex and the City was a hot topic, because as Dennings pointed out herself, King got her career started when she guest-starred on the show as precocious teen Jenny Brier (or as Dennings referred to her, “the bl*w job Bar Mitzvah girl”). Behrs also said she loved SATC, as did Cummings, who admits that she’s such a big fan that she still gets butterflies in her stomach when she sees emails from King. As to what 2 Broke Girls and Sex and the City have in common, King amplified their differences, saying that in “Sex and the City, the girls had relationship checklists; these girls barely have checks.”
  • King said the show got moving because he had really wanted to do a sitcom, and then decided he wanted it to be a show “where people can go to see their friends,” and have it revolve around funny women, which he said he loves writing for. King then needed a cowriter, so he looked for “a really smart, funny writer with a hard comedy edge,” which he found in Cummings. He also cited Cummings’s stand-up background as a necessity, because the show is recorded in front of a live audience, so they needed jokes that make an audience laugh.
  • “Edgy” was a buzzword for the series because of the tone of its jokes. Cummings is “happy network TV is embracing edgier comedies,” but she and King think the place they’re really being edgy is by being so upfront about money. Cummings mentioned that we often see characters playing waitresses and then living “in gorgeous brownstones,” but 2 Broke Girls is frank about rent, finances, and being short on cash: “You never see that.”
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    kat talks about 2 broke girls at the tca tour

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    Date: Aug 5th, 2011

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    Kat Dennings is coming to TV this fall, teaming with Beth Behrs for 2 Broke Girls, a new CBS sitcom from Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and comedian Whitney Cummings. In the series, Dennings’ Max has never had any money, while Behrs’ Caroline came from a wealthy family that have now lost everything, after her father was involved in a huge scandal. Working together as waitresses, the two formulate a plan on how to eventually start their own company.

    The cast and creators spoke at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, and Dennings was asked why she would move to TV, even while her movie career was going well. Dennings nodded, saying, “Things were picking up and I was getting really exciting things – Thor was coming out and I was getting interesting projects.”

    That being said, Dennings also noted she had done a lot of small, independent films and often when they were released, “These things just disappear. Four months of your life never get seen.” She added, “This came right at the right time. I’d just finished the most intense job of my life,” referencing her upcoming film, Renee. She said she was wondering, “What do I do now? I want to do something where people will definitely see it,” simply because, “I want people to appreciate it.” While she hadn’t thought about doing TV, she said she was quickly interested when approached by Cummings and King, noting, “Michael gave me my first job, it almost seemed like a gift. It was the perfect thing.”

    That first job was an episode of Sex and the City, which Dennings recalled filming when she was 14, in which she played, in her words, “The blowjob bar mitzvah girl.” Things got highly amusing and bawdy when Dennings talked about her somewhat sheltered, home-schooled life growing up and that she even remembered asking Kim Cattrall what a blowjob was when filming Sex and the City – at which point Cummings couldn’t resist asking if Cattrall also showed Dennings what it was. When Dennings remarked that she could relate to her 2 Broke Girls character, because, “We didn’t have any money when I was growing up,” and that she wasn’t even allowed to watch TV, Cummings retorted, “But you were allowed to give blowjobs on Sex and the City!”

    King came up with the kernel of the idea for 2 Broke Girls, but then asked Cummings to help him develop it, saying, “I really wanted everything that she has” and that “It was really important to both Whitney and I that we had jokes that made people laugh.” Cracked Cummings, “Thank you Diablo Cody for being unavailable!”

    Cummings noted that 2 Broke Girls was coming at a time when the economy has taken a hit and that there was “Something really relatable, because all of us having been going through something like that.” King said he wanted to have a show that was very different from others on TV, including Sex and the City, where rent was “never an issue.” Cummings said they wanted to avoid doing the thing where their characters, “work in a coffee shop and live in a huge New York brownstone.”

    Cummings is starring in her own new NBC sitcom this fall, called Whitney, and is not available to work on 2 Broke Girls on a daily basis, but King said she’d been integral in crafting the show, remarking, “Whitney was the architect of the show and now we’re in the house.”

    Some of the jokes in 2 Broke Girls are fairly edgy – one critic at the panel seemed particularly offended by one about Stephen Hawking. However, King said, “Our job is to make people laugh and be surprised. We don’t go for a joke for shock value, we go for it for the situation.” He said that both the writers themselves and Dennings character Max may go too far sometimes, noting, “And maybe that’s a story!” He added, “We have no idea what the edge is at [for this series], because we’re just figuring out the middle.”

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    channel 4 picks up 2 Broke Girls in the UK

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    Date: Aug 5th, 2011

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    U.K. pubcaster Channel 4 has acquired the rights to laffer “2 Broke Girls” from Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution.
    The sitcom, which will air in the U.S. on CBS on Mondays from Sept. 19, toplines Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as girls from opposite ends of the social spectrum who wind up as waitresses in the same Brooklyn diner.

    The series is written by Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”) and stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings. It is exec produced by King and is produced by Bonanza Prods.

    Gill Hay, head of acquisitions for Channel 4, said: “It is a rare thrill to find a new comedy that is effortlessly funny, warm-hearted and which has such a broad audience appeal.”

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    I also uploaded more pictures from the TCA Party on August 3, here in the gallery.

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