Birthday: September 5, 1989
TVD Character: Bonnie Bennett
Hometown: If you want to take things way back, you could call Geneva, Switzerland, Kat’s hometown. (She was born there!) But the quadri-lingual former model — who speaks French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese — grew up in Los Angeles after her family moved there when she was just 4 years old.
Why Katerina might look familiar: Because she’s been in all the places you don’t expect to see her: a Barbie commercial, the Zac Efron flick 17 Again, the remix of Justin Bieber and Usher’s video “Somebody to Love,” poppin’ tags on CSI: Las Vegas, on tour with the Black Eyed Peas, or asking “Don’t you wanna? Don’t you wanna-wanna?” as the Capri/Strawberry Fanta girl. (Are you gonna, are you gonna-gonna strangle us for putting that jingle back in your head?) You guessed it. Kat is that girl — you know, the one who’s everywhere. Singer, dancer, and Hannah Montana actress, this self-crowned “Sassy Girl” is a — warning: cliché coming — classic triple threat.
A little something extra you ought to know about Kat: Before she made her official move to primetime as Bonnie Bennett, Kat (a three-time culinary school dropout) shook what her mama gave her as a backup dancer for hip-hoppers Bow-Wow, Missy Elliot, and Pharrell. And, lest you forget where she got that shimmy-shimmy from, she told you so when she sang the hook of Will.i.am’s “Songs About Girls (I Got It From My Mama).” In between TVD shoots, Kat continues her music career. Have you heard her song “Put Your Graffiti on Me?” Watch out for this Kat’s meow!