She dances, plays instruments, saves the environment, and is the ultimate detective. Okay, the detective role may be on television, but this list shows just how cool actress Stana Katic is. The star is well known for her role of Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle and, while fans see the star on the screen often, Katic has made sure to keep a balance between work and life, making her privacy a priority.
Throughout the years though, Katic has shared a few fun facts about herself and her life. So let’s take a look at some things you probably don’t know about actress Stana Katic.
She was raised by immigrant parents
Katic was born into an immigrant family, to parents from the original Yugoslavia. As she shared with Chatelaine, they came to North America with very little and found their way to Hamilton, Ontario, before officially settling in Chicago. Once there, they “built an empire of sorts with their furniture business.”
Katic described her upbringing during the interview, going into detail when it came to her parents’ focus on her and her siblings’ education, saying, “They got my five siblings and me educated — piano, ballet, karate — well travelled and excited about the world.”
Acting was always her priority
While some stars find their calling later in life, others seem born for Hollywood. Even with the dancing and playing musical instruments, acting was always in the cards for Katic. As she shared with Female First, she knew she wanted to be an actress since she was 4 years old. She revealed in the interview, “Yeah, I remember being actually asked by a family friend of the time, who was suggesting ‘doctor, dentist’ and I just went ‘actress!'”
An unusual audition led to a big role
Katic may be well known for her role of Detective Beckett on Castle, but the story of how she landed the role isn’t known quite as well.
The actress shared details during an interview with The TV Addict about the unusual audition. She said, “I didn’t have time to shop for the right blouse so I just grabbed this blouse that I had and thought I’ll make it work. When I got to the testing area, they were doing the makeup, hair, fiddling with my clothing and of course it wasn’t working. There I was, trying not to stress out because I’m about to be on camera for about 40 to 50 people in about 10 minutes.”
Her future co-star, Nathan Fillion, ended up being a huge help in the sticky situation. She continued on, “There was Nathan grabbing a coffee, he says, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘So can you help me out for a second?’…So he cut my shirt, removed the lower tunic part and it’s funny because the producers kind of walked in on the two of us being co-criminals and I thought that was just a real wonderful kind of taste of what the camaraderie would be in the future on the show.”
She wants to learn how to rap
This actress is already talented, so what is the next hobby she wants to tackle? She is ready for her rapping career. Katic shared the goal with Glamour at the Independent Spirit Awards, admitting, “I know it sounds utterly ridiculous!”
She has her favorite musicians as inspiration. She continued on, “I like anything by 50 Cent and Snoop Dog. I love the way they mouth their way around words. I’m not an aficionado, but I would like to learn!”
Besides actually learning to rap, it’s the name that is key. So what would Katic’s stage name be? She has it all planned out, saying, “Kinectic would be good! Kinectic Katic is deep! I love it!”