The untold truth of Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings, whose real name is actually Katherine Victoria Litwack, was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on June 13, 1986. The beauty was bitten by the acting bug at a young age and started her career by appearing in commercials and making cameos on both the small and big screens.

Dennings has appeared in everything from ER in 1994, to The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005. But it was her leading role in 2008's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist that really put her on the map. Then, in 2011, came her big break when she scored the role of Max Black on CBS's 2 Broke Girls and instantly made TV viewers fall in love with her strong, funny and totally relatable character.

As her career continues to bloom, here are some super surprising facts all Kat Dennings fans need to know.

She was home-schooled

Instead of attending a traditional school, Dennings was home-schooled by her parents and completed her high school curriculum when she was just 14 years old. Although she has called the experience "good," the actress has also admitted that, when she began nearing the end of her studies, she "just couldn't deal with being in the tiny room with my parents anymore."

How did she resolve that situation? "I took charge of my education [and] it worked great. I don't think I could have dealt with traditional school, just the way my brain is wired," she admitted. Her decision obviously paid off, as the young Dennings flew through her schoolwork and graduated much sooner than many of her peers.

Asked by Complex in 2011 if she thinks she bypassed the social side of school, she said, "I think there's an element of that, but nothing I missed. Nothing that hurt me."

Her parents disapproved of her acting dreams

When Dennings first decided that she wanted to pursue an acting career, her parents were less than thrilled with the idea. Even Dennings herself joked that acting "is the worst idea ever!" Since her success, however, they've come to embrace her decision.

"Now they are over the moon!" she told Glamour in 2012. "I was one of those kids where I clearly wasn't going to be in school much longer, you know what I mean? I'm not a kid who can learn that way. I was a very unique child. I think they knew I belonged in the arts."

Dennings went on to share where she may have gotten her own artistic talents: her parents. "My dad is a biochemist, but he actually wanted to be a painter when he was younger, so he had it in his blood. And my mom is a poet, so they all had their own secret art."

She made her TV debut on Sex and the City

It was 2000 when Dennings — just a teenager trying to make it big in the industry — had her small screen debut on the hottest show on television, Sex and the City. The role was a small one, and you may not even remember it, but it was huge for Dennings. And looking back on it now, it was quite the epic on-camera moment.

The budding young star played 13-year-old Jenny Brier on an episode titled "Hot Child in the City" in which she hired Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) to plan her bat mitzvah. Following her interaction with Samantha, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Denning's character left the women questioning their youth and wondering if the teens were trying to imitate them, or if, in fact, they were the ones trying to imitate the teens.

She's alcohol and drug-free

Unlike many young celebrities who embrace the party lifestyle that's so prominent in Hollywood, Dennings has chosen to stay far away from drugs and alcohol. "I'm an idiot already, so I don't need any enhancement," she explained in an interview with Complex. "I don't feel like I'm the kind of person who can deal with some kind of foreign stimulant. I don't need an excuse to act a certain way. Some people use that to show their true feelings, whereas I do that all the time."

Not only does she not take part in the behavior herself, but she also steers clear of those who do. "To this day, I still don't like being around drunk people," Dennings told Glamour. "It's like seeing someone jump out of a plane without a parachute. There's a lot of pressure in this town."

Having said that, the starlet went on to admit that yes, she does have the occasional drink with friends, following a European trip that changed her outlook on wine. While overseas, Dennings indulged in some wine, admitting, "Now I get it when they say wine goes with the food, and it's a whole experience, so I'm not opposed to wine now and then, because Europe changed that, but I don't like to drink and get drunk."

She started a knitting club with UFC's Ronda Rousey

Of all the hobbies an A-list star like Dennings could decide to take up, knitting is likely not the first one that comes to mind. But that's exactly what she loves doing in her downtime, and she's got quite the unlikely partner in crime — umm, I mean, knitting.

During an appearance on Ellen, Dennings revealed that she and UFC champion Ronda Rousey have started a knitting club and they've dubbed it "The Yarn and the Restless." (Brilliant.) "We just knit a scarf and get drunk," said Dennings, going against her usually strong stance against alcohol. That's not all the gal pals do, though. They also make plenty of "friend memories" while letting their inner designers shine.

She's self-conscious about her driving

Usually, when stars (or anyone, for that matter) are asked what they would change about themselves, their answer comes in the form of something related to beauty. Not so with Dennings. Put on the spot and forced to choose one thing she would change about herself, the actress started in with a text book response, "I'm still young and I'm hoping to learn as I grow," before revealing that it's her actions behind the wheel that leave her feeling self-conscious.

"I wish I was a less anxious driver," she admitted. "L.A.'s a stressful place to drive, and I tend to seize up when I drive. I get very nervous when someone goes in front of me. I'm working on that. I'm getting better at it."

She learned to decorate cupcakes for 2 Broke Girls

On 2 Broke Girls, Dennings plays Max Black, a waitress with secret dreams of starting a cupcake empire. Although Dennings doesn't make the cupcakes that appear on the show herself — there's "an amazing girl named Amber who bakes the cupcakes" — she does frost them live on camera "in real time. Anytime you see me piping a cupcake, I'm doing it," she revealed in 2012. "Amber taught me! But they are amazing! From time to time, when my blood-sugar feels low, I'll just take a swipe of icing."

She's a super talented screenwriter

In addition to acting, Dennings is also a talented scriptwriter, as she proved with Your Dreams Suck, a script she co-wrote with her brother, Geoffrey Litwack, which landed on the 2008 Black List of "The Hottest Unproduced Screenplays of 2008."

"I don't really talk that much about it, but I write, and directing is on the horizon one day," she told Movieline. What's going to happen with that script? "The process of getting a movie made is so ridiculous so it's still in the pipeline. We have amazing producers and we're giving it to people to read right now." And in case you're wondering, no, she never planned on acting in it.

She's BFFs with Natalie Portman

Kat Dennings first met Natalie Portman "on the set of my friend's music video." Dennings showed up to support one of her best friends, Devendra Banhart, who was shooting his single, "Carmensita", and that's when she met the Oscar-winning actress.

The two met again on the set of Thor: The Dark World in 2013 and their time on set together doubled as the ultimate BFF hangout. "Natalie and I just never stop talking. Never stop talking." Because of this, their costar, Stellan Skarsgård, was privy to a LOT of girl talk. As Dennings recalled, "We'd be talking about boys or something and we'd turn around, and Stellan is just napping in the back seat. Poor guy, with two ridiculous young girls talking about silly things!"

What's next?

Since debuting 2 Broke Girls in 2011, Dennings has gained fans, lost them, and regained them over the course of six seasons. In April 2017, speculation began over whether or not there will be a Season 7 with those involved in the show insisting that yes, there will be.

Meanwhile, returning to the Thor universe is never out of the question, while fans anxiously wait to see if Dennings embraces more writing and directing. Whatever she chooses to do, the future will undoubtedly be bright for this young starlet.

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