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Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles)
Katarina "Kat" Stratford, the "shrew" in the film. Kat is a proud, unsociable, nonconforming feminist who listens to Riot Grrrl music and reads books such as The Bell Jar. She is against dating and often "sneers at the idiocy of teenage social life". The New York Times called this "a breath of fresh air in the stifling materialistic atmosphere of today's Hollywood teenage movies". She was accepted into Sarah Lawrence College, which her father initially refused to let her attend. Her last name is a reference to Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Everybody thinks Kat is really mean.
In the story, new student Cameron Gordon-Levitt is smitten with Bianca Oleynik and, in order to get around her father's strict rules on dating , attempts to get bad boy Patrick Ledger to date Bianca's ill-tempered sister, Kat Stiles. The film is titled after a poem written by Kat about her bittersweet romance with Patrick. Much of the filming took place in the Seattle metropolitan area , with many scenes shot at Stadium High School in Tacoma. Released March 31, , 10 Things I Hate About You was number two at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, behind only The Matrix , and was a moderate financial and critical success. It was a breakthrough role for Stiles, Ledger, and Gordon-Levitt, all of whom were nominated for various teen-oriented awards. Ten years later, the film was adapted into a television series of the same title , which ran for twenty episodes and featured Larry Miller reprising his role as Walter Stratford from the film.
Living… in Seattle with her strict father and peppy younger sister, Bianca. She is popular, stylish and upbeat, which are all qualities Kat rejects wholeheartedly. Profession… high school student. She is considered a brain and thinks she knows more than her teachers. Interests… Thai food, feminist prose and Indie rock. Relationship Status… nonexistent, much to the disappointment of Bianca.
I regularly cite it as the last good rom-com. But when I revisited the beloved film earlier this year, I felt disappointed by it for the very first time. When I was a teenager, Kat Stratford was everything I wanted to be. I admired Kat, so of course I thought she should end up with Patrick; I saw him as the perfect guy. Of course, we are meant to watch Patrick learn to be a better human by hanging out with Kat. He pretends to like her favorite band and read Betty Friedan; they go paint paint-balling and bond over being misfits and rebels. But when I watched the characters get closer to one another, I noticed that Patrick continues to manipulate Kat.
Sign in. Kat Stratford : I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind.