Julia Butters

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Julia Butters
Julia Butters 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Butters in 2019
Born (2009-04-15) April 15, 2009 (age 11)
Years active2011–present

Julia Butters (born April 15, 2009) is an American child actress. She received critical acclaim[1][2][3][4][5] for her role as Trudi Fraser in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. From 2016 to 2020, she starred as Anna-Kat Otto on ABC's sitcom American Housewife.[6]

Early life[edit]

Butters was born in Los Angeles, California, to Darrin (a Disney animator from Kearney, Nebraska, who has worked on films like Frozen and Ralph Breaks the Internet),[7] and Lorelei Butters (née Hill, a homemaker from Los Angeles, California).[8]


Butters began her career at the age of two doing commercials. Her first speaking role was the role of Gabby in a Criminal Minds episode of the same name.[9] In 2016, Butters portrayed the recurring role of Ella in the Prime Video series Transparent for eight episodes.[10] Later that year, she began starring in the ABC sitcom American Housewife as Anna-Kat Otto.[11]

When Quentin Tarantino was writing the script of his ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he spotted Butters on television, and later cast her in the role of precocious child actress Trudi Fraser.[12] After she received critical acclaim for this role, Butters and her management team decided to pursue similar opportunities for her, leading her to leave American Housewife after four seasons. She was replaced in her American Housewife role by former Life in Pieces star Giselle Eisenberg.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Rusted Piper Short film
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Beverly Silva
2016 Term Life Cate (7 Years Old)
2016 A Family Man Lauren Jensen
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trudi Fraser
2021 The Gray Man Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Criminal Minds Gabby Hoffer 1 episode: "Gabby"
2015–2016 Best Friends Whenever 5 Year Old Cyd Episodes: "When Shelby Met Cyd" and "Fight for the Future: Part 2"
2015–2016 Transparent Ella Recurring role; 8 episodes
2016 The Kicks Ashley Episode: "Take the Field"
2016–2020 American Housewife Anna-Kat Otto Main role (seasons 1–4); 90 episodes
2016 Pals Julia Television film
2020 Short Circuit Little Girl Short Series; Voice Role; Episode: "Fetch"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2019 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Nominated
Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association for Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth in Film - Female Won
Music City Film Critics' Association Award for Best Young Actress Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Youth Performance Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Youth Performance Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Youth Performance Nominated


  1. ^ Scott, A.O. (July 24, 2019). "'Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood' Review: We Lost It at the Movies". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company.
  2. ^ Miller, Matt (July 26, 2019). "The Real Breakout Star of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is the 10-Year-Old Actress Who Shares Scenes With Leonardo DiCaprio". Esquire. New York City: Hearst Corporation.
  3. ^ Travers, Peter (July 22, 2019). "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Review: Tarantino's Violent Tinseltown Valentine". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC.
  4. ^ Edelstein, David (July 26, 2019). "Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is a Seductive Pipe Dream". Vulture. New York City: New York Media.
  5. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (July 23, 2019). "Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a wild, shaggy '60s thrill ride". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation.
  6. ^ Nemetz, Dave (September 12, 2020). "American Housewife Recasts Anna-Kat; Giselle Eisenberg Replaces Julia Butters". TVLine. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Curto, Justin (July 19, 2019). "Meet Julia Butters, the 10-Year-Old Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Breakout Star". People.
  8. ^ Malkin, Marc (July 25, 2019). "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Actress Julia Butters on Working With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation.
  9. ^ White, Ashley (March 8, 2014). "Butters' daughter gets taste of Hollywood". Kearney Hub. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Vessing, Etan (June 8, 2018). "James Marsden, Julia Butters Join Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries.
  11. ^ "Julia Butters | American Housewife". ABC. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Desta, Yohana (July 26, 2019). "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood: Meet the 10-Year-Old Leo Compared to a Young Meryl Streep". Vanity Fair. New York City: Condé Nast.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2020). "American Housewife' Recasts Anna-Kat Role With Giselle Eisenberg As Julia Butters Exits ABC Comedy". deadline.com. Retrieved November 9, 2020.

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