10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Kate Walsh

Hollywood Actress Kate Walsh
Hollywood Actress Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh is a versatile American actress, a successful entrepreneur, and beloved amongst womenfolk. Her full name is Kathleen Erin Walsh. Kate has been an inspiration for many, an actress who has starred in several sitcoms and films and has climbed the ladder of success. To build her business, she did have to fade a bit from her on-screen life, but it seems like fans have not forgotten her easily. She is still loved and appreciated, especially after her appearance in 13 Reasons Why.

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10. Days Growing Up

Actress Kate Walsh At HBO party
Actress Kate Walsh At HBO party

Kate was born and brought up in San Jose, California, and Tuscon, Arizona. Born in October 1967, Kate’s father is a native of the Irish County Meath, and her mother is of Italian descent. Kate has four older siblings – two brothers, Joe and Sean, who are filmmakers and two sisters. Kate’s father was a psychologist, and he would pay Kate $5 for typing out an inmate’s profile. That was her first job experience. Her parents had divorced, and this led her to move out. She moved to 15 different schools and moved out ten times. She claims to become the person she has for the kind of exposure she received through her tough days of growing up. It was this phase that made her more outward and capable of forming bonds faster than other children.

9. Exposure to Theatre World

Actress Kate Walsh At USO tour
Actress Kate Walsh At USO tour

Kate while recounting her days from school, back in her 7th grade said, “There was a time in seventh grade when I would do anything on a dare. My friend dared me to dance on a teacher’s desk with a rose in my mouth, and I did it. That’s probably why I’m an actor.” While Kate was attending the University of Arizona, she got involved in theatre and started taking acting classes and took up regional theatre. Kate moved to Chicago to work at Piven Theatre Workshop, followed by the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. Soon after that, she got a job at National Public Radio and performed a radio play called Born Guilty. From there, she moved back to New York to join “Burn Manhattan,” a comedy troupe and then she did some off-broadway projects as well. Kate mentioned in an interview that, “In New York, I’d be like, ‘This is it, man, I’ve got it now.’ And then I would collect unemployment and waitress.”

8. Acting Career

Actress Kate Walsh At Madrid, Spain
Actress Kate Walsh in Madrid, Spain

Kate has a history of making minor appearances and yet making them memorable. She appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street episode “Stakeout” and as Navy Lieutenant Kirstin Blair in the Law & Order. But her first major appearance was in the Drew Carey Show as Drew Carey back in 1997. Her role was of a model who was overweight and was dealing with her struggles. She had to wear a fat-suit in a few of the episodes to represent an obese woman. She ended up making 11 episodes of the series. Next, she played the role of Carol Nelson in The Mind of the Married Man by HBO. Her major guest appearance was in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Mimosa and her breakout role was in Grey’s Anatomy, a series by ABC. She played the role of Dr. Addison Montgomery.

Other major worlds being Fargo, Kicking & Screaming, Bad Judge, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and 13 Reasons Why. She has also returned to Netflix’s Umbrella Academy.

7. Oh! She Loves Opera

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater
Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

Along with her dedication to her work, she also loves opera. She confessed how she agreed to date a man just because he had tickets for a show. But as the saying goes, all good things come with a price, she had to go through a lot of things and issues because of it. In an interview, Kate confessed that “I get into the car, and the first thing this guy does is spray me with perfume. I don’t even know where it came from. Maybe it belonged to the last woman he killed. I think that’s what they call a ‘red flag.” But, guess what? It was worth it. After all, she did it for opera.

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6. Mother of Pets

Cat & Dog
Cat & Dog

She loves her cats, and she openly admits it. She is a mother of two cats and two dogs. Her cats are named Pablo and Billy while her dogs are named Rosie and Lucy. Her love for her kids is evident on Instagram as she keeps making posts about them. She admits she likes being called the cat lady.

5. Career as a Model

Actress Kate Walsh on magazine
Actress Kate Walsh on a magazine

Kate began her career as a runway model back in Japan in the 1980s. It was a strange way of getting into modeling. She was teaching English in the Far East before she got an offer to model. She was approved from that place because of her good looks and slim physique. She confessed to hating those clothes as they made her look huge. She says, “It was awful…First of all, I was too big for everything. I felt like Godzilla. I did ski wear, and then a bridal show, and everything was a little tight and a little uncomfortable.”

However, before she got into modelling, she also worked at Burger King and Dairy Queen at the age of 14. She was fired from the job at Burger King, and it was quite a story. She said, “I had a runny nose, and the assistant manager didn’t like me!”

4. Personal Life

Actress Kate Walsh on TV GUIDE
Actress Kate Walsh on TV GUIDE

Kate started dating Alex Young, the 21st Century Fox executive in 2007. They went public about their relationship when they went for a fundraiser event in Los Angeles by former President Barack Obama, hosted by Young. Although they were earlier seen in public, enjoying lunch, they hadn’t mentioned much about their relationship. Young proposed Kate when they went on a trip to San Francisco. They got married on the 1st of September 2007 at the Ojai Presbyterian Church in California. December 2008 Young and Kate got divorced.

The pair was married for just 18 months. Kate said, “I don’t think anyone gets married thinking that they will get divorced. We certainly did not. Alex and I still care for each other and I wish him nothing but the best. The silver lining to this, however, is that I have a wonderful family and a great group of friends who showed their support and encouragement, and for that, I am truly grateful.”

3. Activism she has contributed in

Kate Walsh visit Grand Slam Wing
Kate Walsh visit Grand Slam Wing

Kate is also known for her active participation in political and social activism. Kate was a spokesperson for Narcolepsy Network. She also participated in a video for the Democratic presidential candidate called “Yes We Can” by the former President Barak Obama.

As we already know her love for pets, it isn’t a surprise that she has been seen campaigning for pets and supporting their adoption. She also partnered with Oceana, which deals with ocean conservancy and advocacy to increase awareness about sea turtles. Furthermore, she endorsed Hilary Clinton’s campaigns when she was contesting for election back in 2016.

She is a woman of action. It is amazing to see women like her standing out. What do you think about her contributions to society? Are you doing your bit too? Comment below and let us know

2. Awards and Recognition

Actress Kate Walsh at 2009 WGA Awards
Actress Kate Walsh at 2009 WGA Awards

Kate has been nominated and awarded for the roles she had performed and excelled at. She was nominated for Best Ensemble Performance in Grey’s Anatomy 2005 and 2006. She was also nominated for the People’s Choice Award in 2011. She further won the Best Ensemble Television award for Grey’s Anatomy and Best Ensemble Performance for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Oh wait, did you know these facts about Kate?

  • The Sweetest Thing, a rom-com starring Cameron Diaz, was written by Kate Walsh’s best friend, Nancy Pimental. The film is based on the two female characters.
  • Since Kate grew up in northern California, she spent a lot of time at the beach. Kate thought she might grow up to be a marine biologist since her involvement with Oceana with time.
  • Kate was one of the casts in two video games – Marvel Avengers Academy and Club Dead.

1. Kate Walsh, Businesswoman 

Kate had her start-up, and she entered the entrepreneur’s life from her acting life. She is the founder of a beauty and lifestyle company called Boyfriend LLC. It was founded in the year 2010, and her first product came out in November in the same year, with the first product being a perfume called “Boyfriend.”. She has strange but exciting names for her products, such as,. From ‘Boyfriend’ to ‘Billionaire Boyfriend.’. She also has a small story behind the naming concept. ‘Billionaire Boyfriend’ was a very successful product. ‘Billionaire Boyfriend’ was launched came out in Spring and , which has fragrances from oriental flowers. It gives you a feeling of fantasy and being loved. She was paying homage to Monte Carol in 1960. The idea behind ‘Boyfriend’ was for a particular kind of story in a relationship. She also launched a ‘Boyfriend Kit,’, an amalgamation of perfume, body spray, body cream, votive candles, and pulse point oil. Kate’s official website was launched in 2009. 

Have you checked out her products yet? Were you aware of her brand? Let us know in the comments below.

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