Kaitlyn Dever

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Kaitlyn Dever
Kaitlyn Dever in 2019 (cropped).jpg
Dever at South by Southwest in March 2019
Born
Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever

(1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 23)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
Websitehttp://www.kaitlyndever.com/

Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever (/ˈdvər/ DEE-ver; born December 21, 1996)[1][2] is an American actress. She has appeared in several television series, including Justified (2011–2015) and Last Man Standing (2011–present), and has starred as a survivor of sexual assault in the Netflix miniseries Unbelievable (2019) for which she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries.

In film, Dever has taken on supporting parts in Bad Teacher (2011), The Spectacular Now (2013), Short Term 12 (2013), Detroit (2017), and Beautiful Boy (2018). She has also played leading roles in the 2019 films Them That Follow and Booksmart.

Early life[edit]

Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Tim and Kathy Dever. She has two younger sisters, Mady and Jane Dever.[1][3] At the age of five, she developed an interest in the performing arts with her parents sending her to an acting school. She also participated in gymnastics, ballet and skating, until she focused on acting. Her family then moved to Dallas, Texas, when her father was given the role of the voice of Barney the Purple Dinosaur, and where she enrolled at the Dallas Young Actors Studio in a month-long acting program. Honing her acting skills at the studio, she booked a number of commercials, before moving to Los Angeles.[1]

Career[edit]

Dever promoting Last Man Standing in 2012

Dever's first notable acting role was as Gwen Thompson in the 2009 American Girl film, An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. In 2011, she was cast in a recurring role as Loretta McCready in the FX series Justified, during the show's second season. That same year, she was cast as a series regular in the ABC (and later Fox) sitcom Last Man Standing, starring with Tim Allen.[4]

Dever's other television credits include Make It or Break It, Modern Family, Private Practice, Party Down, The Mentalist, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her 2011 film credits include Cinema Verite, Bad Teacher, and the Clint Eastwood–directed film J. Edgar. In 2012, Dever was nominated three times at the 33rd Young Artist Awards: for her supporting roles in Bad Teacher and Last Man Standing, and for her recurring role in Justified.[5] In 2013, she appeared in supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. Her role in the latter garnered widespread acclaim from critics.[citation needed]

Dever appeared in the 2014 dark comedy film Laggies, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley.[6] The same year, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman.[7] In 2019, Dever portrayed Amy in Booksmart, a teen comedy ode to friendship "for the ages",[8] and Dilly Picket in the drama-thriller film Them That Follow.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong Gwen Thompson
2011 Bad Teacher Sasha Abernathy
2011 J. Edgar Palmer's Daughter
2013 The Spectacular Now Krystal
2013 Short Term 12 Jayden Cole
2014 Laggies Misty
2014 Men, Women & Children Brandy Beltmeyer
2017 All Summers End Grace Turner
2017 We Don't Belong Here Lily Green
2017 Detroit Karen Malloy
2017 Outside In Hildy Beasley
2018 The Front Runner Andrea Hart
2018 Beautiful Boy Lauren
2019 Them That Follow Dilly Picket
2019 Booksmart Amy Antsler

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Make It or Break It Adorable Girl Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Modern Family Bianca Douglas Episode: "Fizbo"
2010 Private Practice Paige Episode: "Love Bites"
2010 Party Down Escapade Dunfree Episode: "Party Down Company Picnic"
2011 Cinema Verite Michelle Loud Television film
2011 The Mentalist Trina Episode: "Blood for Blood"
2011–2015 Justified Loretta McCready Recurring role (seasons 2–3, 5–6), 17 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Kyra O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
2011–present Last Man Standing Eve Baxter Main role (seasons 1–6); recurring role (season 7–present)
2019 Unbelievable Marie Adler Television miniseries

Other[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Private Practice Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Bad Teacher Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young Actress Last Man Standing Nominated
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress Justified Nominated
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Short Term 12 Nominated
2019 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Booksmart, Them That Follow Nominated
2020 Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Unbelievable Nominated
2020 British Academy Film Award Rising Star Award Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "KAITLYN DEVER Eve on ABC's "Last Man Standing"". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Ephraim, Molly (December 21, 2013). "The little sis I never had but always dreamed for is 17 today! Happy bday @KaitlynDever". Twitter.
  3. ^ "Kaitlyn Dever: A booming career - at just 17". Philly.com. January 16, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (June 6, 2011). "The Futon's First Look: "Last Man Standing" (ABC)". TheFutonCritic. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Nededog, Jethro (June 7, 2013). "'Last Man Standing's' Kaitlyn Dever Joins Keira Knightley in Dark Comedy 'Laggies' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.
  7. ^ Billington, Alex (December 16, 2013). "Jason Reitman's Next Film 'Men, Women & Children' Begins Shooting". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Millman, Zosha (May 23, 2019). "'Booksmart' is smart enough to become valedictorian of high school movies". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 3, 2017). "Kaitlyn Dever Cast In Dramatic Thriller 'Them That Follow'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2017.

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