Kaitlyn Dever

Who is Kaitlyn Dever?

Kaitlyn Dever (born December 21, 1996) is an American actress who started her career by 2009. She is very well known for her important roles as Gwen Thompson in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Loretta McCready in Justified, Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing, and Jayden Cole in Short Term 12 movies.

Having been named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, Kaitlyn Dever has become one of Hollywood’s top emerging young actresses with her talent and all hard works.

Dever also has showcased her real versatility, appearing in movies such as Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children and will soon be seen as one of the female leads in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project.

Kaitlyn Dever seems like one of those actors or actress, individuals that was simply meant to get into acting career into film and TV. The camera loves her, as does the audience, and there’s nothing to say otherwise since she’s been a welcome addition to the TV sets throughout the years. It’s hard to believe she’s been around so long but in truth she’s been continually busy on set and off since she’s been going to school and acting for long enough to be considered as close to a seasoned actor as possible. Although she’s had the chance to learn from some of the best and brightest that the acting industry has to offer, so she’s managed to get a leg up on a lot of people when it comes to acting. Since beginning, she started out her career in a Barbie commercial and eventually she moved on towards acting in shows and movies. She had Tim Allen, one of the funniest comedians to ever set foot on a show, as her mentor, and she’s also had the likes of Brie Larson and Chloe Moretz to rely on, so she’s had a rather helpful support group that’s been there for her through every step.

Nothing about it has, or likely been easy, as acting is just like any other craft or job in that you have to work at it to make it work for you. But seeing as how she’s had so many people invested in her future, including her family, Kaitlyn has a strong base from which to operate and as a result she now has a very solid career. That’s great since she plays to the camera in a way that people absolutely love and seems entirely genuine in what she does.

Hands up though if you think Eve Baxter is one of her all-time best roles.

Personal Life:

Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, her mother Kathy and father Tim Dever. When she was only five years old, she began her interest in the performing arts with her parents, sending her to an acting school. She also started participating in gymnastics, ballet and skating, until she focused on acting as her future career. Her family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where she enrolled at the Dallas Young Actors Studio in a month-long acting program to get the complete knowledge on this profession. Honing her acting skills at the studio, she booked a few number of commercials, before moving to Los Angeles.

Kaitlyn Dever

10 Facts of her life:

  1. Her resume is enough thick as you might not think.

She has been very busy since her rise into the ranks and she hasn’t let a lot of time go as free time by between projects she was working with. Between her music, school, and acting she’s been staying plenty buy and has managed to keep it all in line always.

  1. Done few commercials before getting into real career.

Her first ever commercial was a Barbie commercial, but she had several others lined up as well before moving to Los Angeles and started her career. The only things you’ll see her on now though are TV shows and movies mostly as she has been very busy on those and hopefully, we’ll see her again as Eve since Last Man Standing is supposed to be coming back.

  1. She’s into the music scene too.

It’s all about her strong suit as opposed to acting, while she is doing acting as well as music scenes together, but it’s something she’s passionate about and has been into for a while so it seems like it might be worth it to keep the talent around. After all it’s nice to have something else to do at times.

  1. Her father played the voice of Barney the dinosaur for several years.

It’s amazing that she was never featured on one of the episodes of Barney the dinosaur but then it could have been that she didn’t want to join in as her father was there already, or it could be that she went without being noticed. Or maybe it would have been awkward if she might knew that her dad was playing the character.

  1. Her acting style is very versatile.

She can always switch back and forth between comedy and drama fairly, easily and it’s something she actually enjoys always. Having to change gears like this is, for some people, a very difficult thing to do. But Kaitlyn actually seems to thrive on it.

  1. Her interest in Arts started at early age.

Her parents have always been very supportive and were quick to find a way for her to express the desire to act, and it all started at the age of 5. They sent her to acting school early on so that she could develop her talents and obviously she’s never lost the desire of begin out from her target to win the acting industry.

  1. She got her start at early 2009.

She’s been in the game for at least a decade already. That’s hard to imagine but when you see her onscreen it’s pretty easy to note that she’s been through enough to understand the industry of acting, just how to react to her fellow stars and how to stay in character more than anything.

  1. She got the role of Eve from famous Last Man Standing.

Kaitlyn DeverThe third and youngest Baxter daughter is the son that Mike always wanted. Yes that makes no sense but for any man that has only daughters you can surely sympathize since a lone male in a house filled with females can be kind of daunting. They might all be daddy’s girls at one point but there will almost always be one among them that will aspire to be like their father and will make him just a wee bit prouder for it. Eve is that rough and tough girl you might have met in school that won’t cry in exclamation if you get hurt, but tell you to rub some dirt on it and walk it off.

  1. Kaitlyn feels much necessary to prepare for comedy

Drama seems to come naturally to Kaitlyn while comedy is something she has to work for, extra. But as it was mentioned in the beginning of the article, she had Tim Allen as a mentor, so the comedy thing from her inside, aspect was something that likely came naturally after a while from her.

  1. She’s always against of bullying.

Like many others, Kaitlyn doesn’t stand for bullying and is glad to talk to people about it. While the act of bullying is something that people do have to deal with on occasion it’s not something that needs to be accepted, but is highly not appreciable. She knows what it’s like to see people being bullied and is a firm believer in standing one’s ground when such a thing happens with somebody against.

In a snapshot:

  • 1996- Born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • 2001- She started going for acting school
  • 2009- First film debut “An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong”
  • 2009- First Television appearance with “Make it or Break it”
  • 2016- Gave voice for video game “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”
  • 2011- Nominated from Young Artist Award for Private Practice as Best Performance in a TV Series as Guest Starring Young Actress.


Her first noticeable acting role was as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009- is the 5th film in the American Girl series, starring Sammi Hanratty in the title role. It is based on the Chrissa books in the American Girl series written by Mary Casanova.). In 2011, she was cast in a recurring role as Loretta McCready in the FX series Justified (is an American crime drama television series that premiered on March 16, 2010, on the FX network. Developed by Graham Yost, it is based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole”. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough deputy U.S. Marshal enforcing his own brand of justice, in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky), during the show’s second season. That same year, she was cast as a series regular in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing (is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen as a senior employee of a sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado, who is a married father of three daughters. The series includes his interactions with family, neighbors, and coworkers, and the expressions of his conservative political views), starring with Tim Allen (is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999). In 2011, he started appearing as Mike Baxter on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2017).

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. 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 dark comedy film Laggies (2014), alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley. The same year, she co-starred in the film Men, Women & Children, directed by Jason Reitman. Dever will star as Dilly Picket in the upcoming drama-thriller film Them That Follow.Kaitlyn Dever

Awards & Nominations:

  • 2011- Nominated for Young Artist Award for Private Practice as Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress
  • 2012- Nominated for Young Artist Award for Bad Teacher as Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress
  • 2012- Nominated for Young Artist Award for Last Man Standing as Best Performance in a Television Series – Supporting Young Actress
  • 2012- Nominated for Young Artist Award for Justified as Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress
  • 2013- Nominated for Phoenix Film Critics Society for Short Term 12 as Best Youth Performance in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female

Her Film appearances:

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

Her Television appearances:

  • 2009- Make it or Break it as Adorable Girl for the episode Pilot
  • 2009- Modern Family as Bianca Douglas for the episode Fizbo
  • 2010- Private Practice as Paige for the episode Love Bites
  • 2010- Party Down as Excapade Dunfree for the episode Party Down Company Picnic
  • 2011- Cinema Verite as Michelle Loud
  • 2011- The Mentalist as Trina for the episode Blood for Blood
  • 2011-15- Justified as Loretta McCready for 17 episodes
  • 2011- Curb Your Enthusiasm as Kyra O’Donnell for the episode The Divorce
  • 2011- Last Man Standing as Eve Baxter for total episodes till now episodes 129.

Her recent works:

She have been cast in Unbelievable, an eight-episode Netflix limited series from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios, studio-based producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Masters of Sex, Elementary) and Katie Couric. In addition, Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) is set to direct and executive produce the first three episodes.

Co-written by Grant, who will serve as showrunner, Michael Chabon (John Carter) & Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum), Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the “This American Life” radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.” It tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth. This complete project will have a twist and suspense in all the way from start to till end of the game.

Collette and Wever (other two figures) will play detectives whose lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist. Dever’s character was not revealed yet for this series.

Some of her personal quotes:

  • I would have to say that I have to concentrate more when I’m doing comedy. There are so many details that make up any character, but developing a character for a dramatic role seems to come more naturally.
  • It’s really important that people know about it and the issue in schools because it happens every day to people and it really hurts when people get bullied.
  • When someone is bullying you, don’t let it get to you. I remember my friends in school, someone said something mean to them, and they really let it get to them. And it really affected them. But I would just say try to ignore it as much as possible and just be yourself.
  • Last Man Standing (2011) is overall a lot of comedy. And I love doing that.
  • I love going back and forth from drama to comedy. I love switching it around and showing people that I can do both.
  • I think that the main thing that you can learn from watching The Spectacular Now (2013) is just learning about growing up and moving on.
  • I play guitar and sing when I’m not busy with school and acting.

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaitlyn_Dever
  2. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3239803/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  3. https://deadline.com/2018/06/unbelievable-toni-collette-merritt-wever-kaitlyn-dever-netflix-limited-series-lisa-cholodenko-direct-1202416722/
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