Kaylee DeFer

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Kaylee DeFer
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DeFer at the Denim Habit grand opening in New York City in October 2011
Born Kaylee Anne DeFer
(1986-09-23) September 23, 1986 (age 28)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Michael Fitzpatrick
(2013–present)
Children 1

Kaylee Anne DeFer (born September 23, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Ivy Dickens on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl.

Early life[edit]

DeFer was born in Tucson, Arizona, where she attended school at Desert Christian School. In 2003, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Career[edit]

DeFer made her acting debut in a March 2004 episode of the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. She has since made a number of guest appearances on television shows such as Quintuplets, Ghost Whisperer, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. DeFer appears on the cover of Reeve Oliver's second album, Touchtone Inferno (2007).[1]

In May 2004, DeFer was cast as Scarlett on The WB's drama series The Mountain. The series follows the personal lives of the staff and friends at a remote ski resort. The series premiered on September 22, 2004, but was cancelled after four months.

In April 2005, DeFer landed a role on the Fox sitcom The War at Home. The series centers on the day-to-day life of Gold family whom reside in Long Island, New York. DeFer portrayed teenager Hillary Gold, the eldest child who frequently misbehaves. The series premiered on September 11, 2005 to 7.2 million viewers, but received generally negative reviews from critics. The series ran for two seasons.

DeFer starred in her theatrical film debut Flicka, released in October 2006. DeFer portrayed the film's antagonist, Miranda Koop. In 2011, DeFer starred in the low-budget Western film Mattie, which was released on DVD under the title Renegade.

In April 2011, The CW announced DeFer would have a major-recurring arc in both the fourth and fifth seasons of Gossip Girl. DeFer had previously auditioned for the role of Raina Thorpe, but she did not receive the part. DeFer portrayed the role of Ivy Dickens, a con artist who pretends to be Charlotte "Charlie" Rhodes in order to get access to the latter's trust fund. DeFer was reunited with The Mountain castmate Penn Badgley. The critical reception of the character had been positive until her appearance in the fifth season received less than favorable reviews. DeFer reprised her role of Ivy in the series' sixth and final season and was listed as a main cast member.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2012, DeFer called off her engagement to jewelry designer Mike Pereria, whom she had been dating on and off since 2002.[2][3]

DeFer subsequently began dating Michael Fitzpatrick, lead vocalist for the band Fitz and the Tantrums, and in May 2013, she announced that they were expecting a child together.[3] DeFer gave birth to their son, Theodore Ignatius Fitzpatrick, in September 2013.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Underclassman Des
2006 Powder Puff Principle, TheThe Powder Puff Principle Young school board president Short film
2006 Flicka Miranda Koop
2011 In My Pocket Molly
2011 Mattie Mattie Springer
2011 Red State Dana
2012 Layover Rebecca White Television film
2013 Darkroom Michelle
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Drake & Josh Cute girl Episode: "Guitar"
2004 North Shore Emily Episode: "Secret Service"
2004 Quintuplets Stephanie 2 episodes
2004–2005 Mountain, TheThe Mountain Scarlett 6 episodes
2005 Listen Up! Brooke Episode: "Inky Dinky Don't"
2005–2007 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Hillary Gold Main cast; 44 episodes
2007 Shark Katie Dobbs Episode: "Shaun of the Dead"
2008 Family Guy Dakota (voice) Episode: "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Angie Episode: "This Joint's Haunted"
2009 Bones Tory Payne Episode: "The Gamer in the Grease"
2010 CSI: Miami Valerie Metcalf Episode: "Getting Axed"
2010, 2013 How I Met Your Mother Casey 2 episodes
2011–2012 Gossip Girl Ivy Dickens/Charlie Rhodes Guest star (season 4); main cast (seasons 5–6);
30 episodes
2011 Friends with Benefits Mary Webber Episode: "The Benefit of Mentors"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael (September 20, 2011). "Spotlight On...Kaylee DeFer!". MuchMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Zach (January 26, 2012). "Gossip Girl Star Kaylee DeFer Ends Engagement!". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Eggenberger, Nicole (May 8, 2013). "Kaylee DeFer Pregnant: Gossip Girl Actress, 26, Expecting First Child With Boyfriend Michael Fitzpatrick, 42". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Takeda, Allison (September 21, 2013). "Kaylee DeFer Gives Birth to Baby Boy With Boyfriend Michael Fitzpatrick!". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 

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