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Kaitlyn Dever (/ˈdvɜːr/; born December 21, 1996)[1][2] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film entitled An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Loretta McCready in Justified, Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing, and Jayden in Short Term 12.

Kaitlyn Dever
Kaitlyn Dever TIFF 2014.jpg
Born (1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 20)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Known for Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing
Jayden in Short Term 12
Parent(s) Kathy Dever
Tim Dever

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Life and careerEdit

Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Kathy and Tim Dever.[1][3] At the age of five, she began her 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, 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 in the American Girl film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009) as Gwen Thompson, a bullied homeless girl. 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 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 joined the cast of the 2014 film, Laggies, playing the character Misty. The film also stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley.[6] In 2014, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman.[7] Dever was named one of the best actors under the age of twenty.[8]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong Gwen Thompson Direct-to-video
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 Grass Stains Grace Turner
We Don't Belong Here Lily Green
Detroit Karen
Outside In Hildy
2018 Beautiful Boy Lauren Post-production
The Front Runner Andrea Hart Filming

TelevisionEdit

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"
2011–2017 Last Man Standing Eve Baxter Series regular; 130 episodes

Video gamesEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c KAITLYN DEVER Eve on ABC's "Last Man Standing", ABC Medianet Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "The little sis I never had but always dreamed for is 17 today! Happy bday @KaitlynDever". Molly Ephraim's official Twitter account. December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kaitlyn Dever: A booming career - at just 17". Philly.com. January 16, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Brian Ford Sullivan (June 6, 2011). "Read more: Rants & Reviews - The Futon's First Look: "Last Man Standing" (ABC)". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Last Man Standing's' Kaitlyn Dever Joins Keira Knightley in Dark Comedy 'Laggies' (Exclusive)". thewrap.com. June 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Billington, Alex (December 16, 2013). "Jason Reitman's Next Film 'Men, Women & Children' Begins Shooting". firstshowing.net. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Staff, The Playlist. "On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". Indiewire. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 

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