Kaitlyn Dever

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Kaitlyn Dever
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Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever

(1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 22)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2009–present

Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever (/ˈdvər/ DEE-ver; born December 21, 1996)[1][2] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Gwen Thompson in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009), Loretta McCready in Justified (2011–2015), Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing (2011–2018), and Jayden Cole in Short Term 12 (2013). She has portrayed supporting roles in films including Bad Teacher (2011), The Spectacular Now (2013), Laggies (2014), Men, Women & Children (2014), Detroit (2017), The Front Runner (2018), and Beautiful Boy (2018). She plays a lead role in the 2019 films Them That Follow and Booksmart.

Early life[edit]

Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Tim and Kathy 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]


Dever's first notable acting role was as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009). 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 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, Dever 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.

Dever appeared in the dark comedy film Laggies (2014), 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] Dever has two star roles for summer 2019: as Amy in Booksmart, a teen comedy ode to friendship "for the ages";[8] and as Dilly Picket in the upcoming drama-thriller film Them That Follow.[9]



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


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 17 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Kyra O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
2011–present Last Man Standing Eve Baxter Main role (Season 1–6)
Recurring role (Season 7–present)
2019 Unbelievable Marie Miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Cassie Drake Voice and motion capture

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
Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young Actress Last Man Standing Nominated
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


  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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