Kate French

The former model puts some lust into The L Word

She has two models for parents and a fashion-photographer stepdad, so Kate French’s early career path was almost pre-ordained. “I modeled in high school,” says the New Jersey native, “but I got tired of being judged on looks alone.” Lucky for those with premium cable, she jumped to television, scoring a role as hotheaded lesbian actress Niki Stevens on Showtime’s sexy Sapphic drama, The L Word.