When “2 Broke Girls” began, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs’ first interview was with Zap2it. Dennings, with a few years in the public eye, was joking around with her co-star, showing her it was OK to relax in an interview.
“We are basically like sisters now,” Dennings says. “And we talk every day. We are extremely close.”
Now in its third season, the sitcom about two very different young women working at a greasy spoon in Brooklyn has seen the characters evolve.
“When we meet Max, in Season 1, she was hard and jaded and set in her ways and thinking her life will be this one thing,” Dennings says. “Caroline opens her outlook. Now she is more kind and outward and more hopeful and a little crazier. Which might be them taking my personality.”
Dennings is having a terrific year, one that included reprising her role as Darcy in “Thor: The Dark World.”
“Darcy is one of the most fun characters I have ever played,” she says. “She did not start out as anything in the script of the other movie. It was vague, and they were trying to figure out who would play her, and it depended on the girl coming in. She evolved from cute little Darcy in the first to this amazing character the second. She makes me laugh out loud, and I love her.”
By now, Dennings pretty much inhabits Max.
“In a film, you play a character at most for three or four months,” she says. “I am now playing Max for three years. It is more integrated in me than any other character. At work it is hard to distinguish between myself and the character.”
Dennings, who had just left the set, says, “It is a very lucky way to make a living.”
Birth date: June 13, 1986
Credits: “Raising Dad,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “ER,” “The House Bunny”
First time onstage: Doing commercials at 9.
Big break: “An episode of ‘Sex and the City.’ I was 14, and I had graduated high school right then. I did something kind of different than a normal school. I did subject by subject and sped through high school. It gives you a chance to become interested in a subject completely.”
Actors she admires: “Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, obviously, and Anjelica Huston. She is incredible. Cher. She is an unbelievable actress.”
Favorite movies: “Moonstruck,” “Groundhog Day,” “True Romance”
Favorite books: “Simone de Beauvoir, ‘The Woman Destroyed.’ And I am reading ‘Cold Comfort Farm.’ I love — my all-time favorite is ‘Jane Eyre.’ And Haruki Murakami, ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,’ is one of my favorites.”
Favorite music: “I love Nina Simone and Billie Holiday; they are my go-to. And David Bowie and Jeff Buckley.”