Hannah Simone has two kitties of her own

By Kelli Bender
Updated January 26, 2016 07:50 PM

If you’re a feline fan, New Girl‘s Hannah Simone would make an ideal roomie.

The actress, 35, has two cats of her own, works with one of the cutest kitties in “the biz” and is helping to turn more meowers into stars. Simone hosted the Catdance Film Festival presented by new Fresh Step with the power of Febreze in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. Like Sundance, this event featured numerous entertaining films, but the clips also starred cats.

“I love the funny and sweet moments I have with my cats, Jake and Frank, so I was honored to celebrate these moments at the Catdance Film Festival,” said Simone. “It was a spectacular event for the star of the show – shelter cats. They walked the red carpet, took over the silver screen, and tugged at guests’ heartstrings through a very cool virtual reality experience.”

After showcasing the best of this year’s submissions, Simone introduced 2016 winning feline film, The Purfect Patsy by Mike Thompson. A riveting and adorable story of disappearing snacks, The Purfect Patsy won the coveted Golden Litter Scoop and $25,000.

Simone took a break from celebrating the cinematic strength of cats to talk to PEOPLE about her personal feline obsession and love for New Girl costar Furguson.

What is your favorite part about hosting Catdance?

I’m so excited to be hosting the Catdance Film Festival where we’ll premiere the best in independent short films starring cats and debut new Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze. We’re also debuting the first virtual reality experience through the eyes of a cat. It’s part of Fresh Step’s Million Meow Mission, to help more shelter cats find forever homes. Think about it, if the world could see how much adoption means from a cat’s point of view, shelters would be empty. Check out all the films at freshstep.com/catdance2016.


Jack Dempsey/Invision for Fresh Step Litter/AP Images

Who is your favorite famous online cat?
Surprise Kitty!

What kind of cat video makes you the happiest?
I am a little obsessed with surprise kitty. I was on Hornby Island this summer and our friends adopted a little kitten named Sheeran and I recreated Surprise Kitty with him and posted it on my Instagram. Now my life is complete.

How many cat videos do you watch a week?
Way too many. My family send me at least one a day. We are a bunch of animal lovers.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
I have two cats named Frank and Jake. Jake is a tuxedo cat I found in Edmonton and Frank is a blind, asthmatic, all-black permakitten (AKA the runt of the litter that also suffered from severe malnourishment) that I rescued in Toronto. They are both from Canada and are best friends.



What is it like working with cat actors on New Girl?
Furguson! The sixth member of our cast! He is the best.

Which of the Best Picture nominees do you think would be best remade with cats?
The Martian because I am convinced all cats are from another planet. They can be so crazy!