Kate Moennig is a Philly girl through and through. While everything about her may point to Hollywood—daughter of a showbiz mother, cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, drama-school graduate—her accent gives away her upbringing as Center City–born, cheesesteak-eating, Catholic-school rebel.

These days Moennig (pronounced “Mehnig”), aged 43, lives in Los Angeles, where she moved a few years before filming The L Word, the long-running Showtime series following a group of lesbians, alongside her friend and co-star, Leisha Hailey. When the coronavirus hit the U.S., in the late winter of 2020, Moennig and Hailey decided to start their own podcast, which premiered in June of that year. They called it Pants. (The name comes from the duo’s L Word nickname: two legs of the same pair of pants.)