CatDance Cat Love #Giveaway & Celebrity Q & A

CatDance Film Festival finalist, Alana Greylak, with Gilles Marini.
CatDance Film Festival finalist, Alana Greylak, with Gilles Marini. 
It’s Valentine’s Day and we have love on our minds. Cat love that is. We’re mad about cat films and have been rooting for our friend Alana Grelyak, a Cat Dance finalist and her film The Inheritance. Voting ends soon and she is in second place. Fresh Step litter and its Feline Arts Council selected five finalists have picked from a nationwide search of original, scripted cat-inspired shorts. They were introduced by People Magazine’s hottest cat lover, Gilles Marini and screened in 3D at the Catdance Film Festival in Park City Utah recently. 

Giveaway We’re purring to offer our readers an exclusive CatDance giveaway package including: a kitty-eared headband, Catdance T-shirt and coupon for FreshStep litter.  The official Catdance Film Festival tee is available for purchase at for $19.99 while supplies last, and 100 percent of the purchase price will benefit the ASPCA®. We also donate proceeds from our cat art in our Etsy Shop to the ASPCA.  

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The t-shirt, seen here on Gille Marini (sorry ladies, Marini is not included!)  To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment before 11:59 PM Et, Feb.28, 2014. For extra chances to win, social media share this post and leave a separate comment where you shared.

Gilles Marini with his beloved cat. (Photo credit Craig Barrit/Getty Images for GenArt)

It’s never been more hip or hot to be cat lover than now. The sexy poster boy of cat lovers is actor Gilles Marini currently staring as Angelo Sorrento in ABC Family’s critically acclaimed family drama, Switched at Birth. He’s best known for his sizzling appearance in  Sex and the City: The Movie and recently featured in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue holding his adorable cat Penelope.

Gilles Marini with a feline friend (Photo credit Craig Barrit/Getty Images for GenArt)
Q & A with Layla Morgan Wilde and Gilles Marini
LMW: On Twitter you call yourself Actor, Philanthropist, Adventurer, Husband, Father and Farmer. Which one is the most important to you and how about adding cat lover to the list?
GM: Father for sure, I take it very seriously, kids are a product of their parents. I have the ultimate responsibility to raise good adults for the world. Ha ha . “Cat lover” Yes I will add it 😉
LMW: Before your current pets Mila (your dog) and Penelope (your cat) did you have pets growing up in France?
GM: The first pet I had when I was two years old was a cat named “Sammy” who was famous in the city because he was drinking at the public fountain like a human. I also had a dog called “Reagan” I know the name of an American president!
LMW: Where did you adopt your cat from?
GM: We adopted Penelope on Mother’s Day last year, it was a present for my daughter Juliana’s sixth birthday. For as long as I can remember she’s wanted a little kitty. So we made it special and gave her the ultimate responsibility of caring for a living thing.  It has worked out well because she is very good at taking care of Penelope.
LMW: Who choose your cat’s name and why?
GM: My daughter chose it. No idea why she picked Penelope. But I like it .
LMW: What is the funniest or weirdest thing Penelope does?
GM: She drinks the water from the fish bowl, she never tried to get them or anything, [it] actually looks like she likes them as buddies.
LMW:  What’s her favorite toy, game or treat?
GM: Ha ha .. Her favorite toy is our dog Mila. She loves to bug her, jump on her and play dirty. You know cats are like that. They like to tease.
LMW: Why do you think more men are becoming cat lovers?
GM: I think cats are very, very similar to us guys. Independent but in massive need of attention (big laugh) … Funny but so true. Cats are giving us a mirror image of how we sometimes act. Maybe that is one of the reasons we love them so much.
LMW: What have you most enjoyed about being in Park City for the Catdance Film Festival?
GM: The scenic incredible beauty of that state is mind boggling . I am going back in the summer for sure. The people are warm, sweet and super polite. I stayed at the Stein and it’s probably the best service we ever had. I cannot wait to go to Sundance again. Btw, I slept 2 hrs the 2nd night cause I did not want to go back to Los Angeles without skiing. And trust me probably the best snow weather and resort in the world and hugely recommended.

To screen all of the Catdance finalists and cast a ballot for the viewer’s choice award, visit from Jan. 18 through Feb. 28, 2014.

So curl up with your feline or human Valentine and enjoy!

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41 thoughts on “CatDance Cat Love #Giveaway & Celebrity Q & A”

  1. This is a CATabulous giveaway! I would love to be entered, thank you. If I win I would be happy to share any of the prize with someone else if there was one item they really wanted. I wish a handsome cat guy were part of the prize! If that were the case, he would be one item I would NOT be willing to share!

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day! We thought The Inheritance was so funny but couldn’t vote cause, of course, it’s FB thing. They should open it up to all peeps, not just those who choose to be on FB, it’s hardly fair.

  3. Okay… so let me get this straight…

    Is the giveaway for the cute headband, really neat tea and the kitty litter or is it for the sexy guy in the picture? Ummm… the peep wants to know.


  4. We keep voting. That’s a great innerview only TW says cats are better than men. MOL! That cat with him looks like my Buzzy. That would be a cool headband for TW if she ever goes to Blogpaws again.

  5. What a cool post=we love men who love cats!!…Happy Valentines Day, dear friends…Stay warm and have a fun weekend too!…love and purrs…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  6. penelope…ewe iz silly !!! if that fish bowl wuz round TT…letz just say it wood bee just a plane…bowl !! N doodz….happee hearts day oh love two ewe all N heerz two a red snapper kinda week oh end !! 🙂

  7. It’s me! Thanks so much for the awesome shout out. 🙂 And thanks to everyone for their support! I’ve read all the lovely comments. Don’t enter me in the giveaway – I have a headband and t shirt, as you can see from the photo. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! And, I might add, Gilles really is a very nice fellow in person, not just in his Q&A. 🙂


  8. Oh my Cat how totally pawsome! So many things happening! We love it all!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all! We have Valentine’s Day all year long!
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  9. I really enjoyed The Inheritance and hope it wins!
    Your pictures look great on Pawsome Cats too.
    I’d love to win the Tshirt and lovely cat ears.
    Happy Valentine’s day!

  10. I love your Cat Wisdom 101 website. Great info. What a fun contest this is. I love what’s offered in this giveaway, Very fun stuff! Please enter me in the drawing. Happy Valentines Day although every day should be Valentines Day! 🙂

  11. Happy Valentine’s day to all. Hope Merlin is on the mend. Love the interview and video.
    Great T-shirt and giveaway package!
    Please enter me in the giveaway!

  12. We have been voting for Alana since the contest opened, it’s a tough race over there. Loved your interview with Gilles! Please enter us in the giveaway too, it is fab. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and thanks for stopping by! Continued purrs and prayers to Merlin.

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