Katherine LaNasa plays a deliciously hard-edged, evil wife in the new TV series “Deception,” but at home in her Venice bungalow, she showcases a soft side influenced by her native New Orleans.
“Being from New Orleans completely dominates my sense of style,” said the actress, who’s also starring in “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” the forthcoming film directed by Billy Bob Thornton. “There is a drama and a funk to New Orleans. It’s the last place people play it safe. They celebrate the vibrancy of life.”
Following her divorce in 2010, LaNasa moved to the 950-square-foot bungalow to be near her son and his ill father, Dennis Hopper. The 1953 house was rundown and needed an update, but her priorities were not about remodeling but simply getting settled.
“Dennis was dying,” she said. “I just wanted to be there for my son.”
After Hopper died in May 2010, LaNasa, who had worked as an interior decorator before her acting career took off, decided to stay in Venice, where she viewed the nondescript tract home as a blank slate.