How did you start in this business?
I performed Gilda Radner’s “The Judy Miller Show” from SNL in an elementary school acting class. I loved it and have been acting ever since. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, I moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. My first credit after graduation was in writer/director Max Landis’ “The Death and Return of Superman” which inspired me to also begin writing and shooting my own content.
What has been your favorite role to date?
I play the pregnant wife of a retired NFL linebacker suffering from debilitating concussions in THE DUKE: BASED ON THE MEMOIR ‘I’M THE DUKE’ BY J.P. DUKE, opposite LaMonica Garrett (DADDY’S HOME, SONS OF ANARCHY). It was a challenging role and a compelling story, linked to a sport for which I am passionate. The film will soon premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February.
Beauty Must Haves…
Givenchy Play Intense cologne is the best scent! Even though it’s a cologne, I’ve been wearing it for years. I also don’t go anywhere without face powder and pumpkin spice Chapstick.
Kindness. I think if you’re pure of heart, it radiates outward. You glow.
I am happiest when…
I am sharing great experiences with people I love. Additionally, exercise always makes me happy, especially doing spin!
Catherine Urbanek is a graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. She was the first student accepted to her freshmen class at the age of 16, the summer before her senior year of high school. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and has been working consistently in film, theater, TV and new media.
Catherine’s many credits include the independent political feature COURTING DES MOINES playing Kelli Brown, campaign manager to a dark horse presidential candidate, THE WEST WING’s Melissa Fitzgerald. The film also stars Carolyn Hennessy, Brandon Jones, Gina Belafonte, Brian Haley and Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Kirkland.
Catherine’s most recent credits include THE DUKE: BASED ON THE MEMOIR ‘I’M THE DUKE’ BY J.P. DUKE and COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE on 20th Century Fox.
In 2013, Catherine formed her own production company, Bodacious Content, Inc., with the intention to create and develop female-driven content and to collaborate with other women in the industry. She wrote, directed and starred in the series “The Dates of Laura” on YouTube, about a young LA woman unlucky in love. Her work has been featured on Funny or Die, PackersNews.com, Live at 5 Green Bay, and Today’s TMJ4 Milwaukee.
She recently finished shooting two other series: “Rolling High”, and “Welcome Home, Loser” premiering at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in February.