Jennifer Beals (Bette Porter)
Jennifer Beals rose to fame when she starred in Flashdance in 1983, after which her various roles before The L Word included the films Vampire’s Kiss (1989), In the Soup (1992), and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), in addition to a handful of TV appearances and a dozen TV movies. Since her run on The L Word ended, the actress has appeared in 2010’s The Book of Eli and 2017’s Before I Fall, had a main role on the short-lived TNT series Proof and a recurring role on The Night Shift. She can currently be seen on NBC’s Taken, and will appear next in a guest-starring role on Amazon’s The Last Tycoon.
Leisha Hailey (Alice Pieszecki)
Leisha Hailey began her career in music as one half of the pop duo The Murmurs, which was active throughout the ‘90s and changed its name to Gush in 2001. The band broke up when Hailey was cast on The L Word, after which she did more work as an actress, appearing in episodes of Drop Dead Diva, The New Normal, Supernatural, and most recently Silicon Valley, among other series and films. Since 2007, she has been a part of the music duo Uh Huh Her with Camila Grey.
Mia Kirshner (Jenny Schecter)
Mia Kirshner was a professional actress by the time she was a teenager; when she was cast on The L Word, her long list of film and TV credits included 1995’s Murder in the First, 1996’s The Crow: City of Angels, and 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie, as well as a recurring role on 24. Post-L Word, Kirshner had a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries from 2010–11 and was a regular on Syfy’s Defiance from 2013–14. Her recent film credits include 2012’s The Barrens, 2016’s Milton’s Secret, and the upcoming A Swingers Weekend.
Katherine Moennig (Shane McCutcheon)
Before she played Shane McCutcheon, Katherine Moenning got her first major TV role on the short-lived series Young Americans in 2000. After The L Word ended, she had a main role on the TV series Three Rivers from 2009–10 and has played Lena on Ray Donovan since 2013. Her recent film credits include 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer, 2012’s Gone, and 2016’s My Dead Boyfriend.
Erin Daniels (Dana Fairbanks)
Erin Daniels had a handful of film and TV credits to her name before she was cast on The L Word. Since the end of the series, Daniels has appeared in such films as 2009’s A Single Man, 2011’s The Sitter, and 2013’s The Bling Ring. Her TV resume post-L Word includes appearances on CSI, Rizzoli & Isles, and Swingtown, among other shows.
Sarah Shahi (Carmen de la Pica Morales)
Before The L Word, Sarah Shahi appeared on episodes of such series as Spin City, Frasier, and Dawson’s Creek, and in 2003’s Old School. Since 2009, her film credits include 2011’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, 2014’s Road to Paloma, and the upcoming Hangman. Her extensive work in television includes a lead role on Fairly Legal, which ran from 2011–12, and recurring roles on Chicago Fire from 2012–13 and Person of Interest from 2013–16.
Daniela Sea (Max Sweeney)
Daniela Sea played Max Sweeney — who was notable for being the first regular transgender character on TV — on The L Word. She has focused more on music in recent years, but has still accrued a handful of screen credits since the series ended, including the films Don’t Look Up (2009), The Casserole Club (2011), and The Dead and the Living (2012).
Ilene Chaiken (Co-Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer of The L Word)
Ilene Chaiken was a producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and had written the screenplays for two TV movies and the Pamela Anderson-starring 1996 film Barb Wire before she co-created The L Word with Michele Abbot and Kathy Greenberg. Since the series ended, she has been an executive producer on The Real L Word: Los Angeles, Empire, and The Handmaid’s Tale, all three of which she has also earned writing credit.
The L Word Reunites
Ahead, see stunning photos of the cast and co-creater in Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive reunion.