"The only thing I've ever won is a coloring contest. True, I won it twice – but I cheated," confesses Kat Dennings about her history with awards. She tries not to think too much about the possibility that her show, CBS's freshman sitcom "2 Broke Girls," might be honored at the Emmys. "That would be amazing … I don't know how it works. If that happened we would all be thrilled and honored."
"2 Broke Girls" is Dennings's first regular series role since the short-lived "Raising Dad" with Bob Saget ten years ago. In the intervening years, she has appeared in films including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." Of her decision to return to series television, she says, "I had no intention of being on a series at all until I read this and I was kind of like, 'Oh, I guess this is what I'm doing now' … The script was awesome. The character, most importantly, was something I could see myself doing for seven years … If it was a character I didn't like it wouldn't have mattered who was involved, but it was too good, it was too perfect."
Dennings plays Max Black, a no-nonsense Brooklyn waitress who is thrown together with a disgraced socialite (Beth Behrs) whose father is in jail for defrauding investors. Of working with Behrs, Dennings says, "She is the sweetest, most fun girl ever … She's become like my sister, because I see her almost more than anyone else in my life."
Producing a TV series can be time consuming, but Dennings keeps the relatively long hours in perspective: "It's at the most two nights a week that get really long, but that's nothing compared to doing an indie movie in Vancouver and you're getting paid two dollars, and it's five AM, and you're smoking a fake crack pipe. It's an amazing luxury to have two days a week that are 'long hours.'"
"2 Broke Girls" was an immediate hit, debuting with the best ratings for a fall comedy premiere in a decade and averaging more than 11 million viewers for its first season, but the show is not without controversy. It has been widely criticized for its depiction of its minority characters, including Han (Matthew Moy), the Korean-American owner of Max's diner. It's a question Dennings has had to answer more than once, and in defense of the show she says, "I think a racist show would only have white characters. That's how I look at it … I've been asked the question a lot, and I never exactly know what to say, except that I know everyone is coming from a place of love and creativity."