The heartthrob reveals how playing Shane helped her realise she was a lesbian

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM

The L Word star, Kate Moennig has been breaking hearts as Shane McCutcheon for 15 years now. Ahead of her reprising the role for The L Word: Generation Q, we’ve been treated to a candid interview where she revealed how she came to discover her sexuality. 

Appearing on RuPaul and Michelle Visage’s podcast, What’s The Tee?, Kate opened up all about her sexual discovery, explaining that the show was the first time she was able to discuss sexuality and identity so openly. 

“Everyone was open and proud and confident. I’d never that that before. Never in my life. It’s why all those women are my family and will be till the day I die.”

When asked by RuPaul if she has always known she was a lesbian, Kate stated: “I grew up Catholic and I went to Catholic school for 13 years so I wasn’t really in an environment to explore that, especially at that time in the 80s and the 90s.”

“Now I believe if I was in high school now I would see it more. Back then you didn’t. That shit did not exist.”

She also revealed that before playing Shane in The L Word, she had dated guys and always felt she was able to “appreciate their beauty”. Her sexual identity didn’t become clear until she began shooting the original series. 

However, she added she never cared about her relationships with men because “I didn’t know what that was. I didn’t have the vocabulary for it yet”.

It wasn’t until The L word that she really came to terms with her sexuality. “Oddly enough, when I got The L Word, that’s where my wheels started turning.” 

She also revealed that she had more in common with Shane during the original series than she does now. “We kind of blend into one sometimes. I don’t believe I’m as self-destructive as she is.”

“Now I feel like I’m settled. I’m married. I’m set up in life and she’s still not exactly.” 

We can’t wait to see what sexy stuff Shane’s got up her sleeve in the new series! Just 89 more days to wait…

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