Kaitlyn Dever: American Actress, Dancer, Model
Kaitlyn Dever is not your average teenager. To start with, the Booksmart actress recently obtained her license and drives herself to work – not your average office job either; Kaitlyn plays Eve Baxter from Last Man Standing!
She has gained widespread acclaim for her roles in movies such as Detroit and Short Term 12. Furthermore, she has appeared on television series such as Make It or Break It, Modern Family, and Private Practice among many others.
Kaitlyn Dever’s Biography
Kaitlyn Dever was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Since she was young she has been acting, with roles appearing on shows and films such as Modern Family, Make It or Break It, and The Mentalist Party Down among many more. Additionally, she attended Dallas Young Actors Studio’s month-long acting program to expand her talents further.
One of her first notable roles was Gwen Thompson from An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong in 2009, then two years in Justified on FX as Loretta McCready for two years, she then made appearances on other television and movie projects such as Private Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spectacular Now, J Edgar, Bad Teacher etc.
She gained recognition with her portrayal of Jayden Cole in Short Term 12, for which she received a nomination from the Phoenix Film Critics Society award for best youth performance. Since then she has also appeared in movies such as Made in America, Local Hero, We Don’t Belong Here, and All Summers End & Dopesick.
Dever is an active Instagram user and boasts over 700k followers as of now, serving as an example and source of motivation to many young people. She also happens to be an accomplished singer-dancer.
Her latest projects include the film ‘Ticket to Paradise’ in which she portrays Lily. Additionally, she’s working on Rosaline which will be released later in 2022, and remains single while focusing on her acting career – she is both a talented and hardworking actress who is seeing great success in her profession.
Kaitlyn Dever’s Early Life
Kaitlyn Dever, 26, has become one of Hollywood’s leading young actresses with roles in the crime drama series Last Man Standing and miniseries Unbelievable as well as the popular film Booksmart. Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona with parents that were ice skating coaches she began acting at an early age before transitioning to full-time. Enrolling with Dallas Young Actors Studio she booked several commercials before moving out West and eventually to Los Angeles.
She made her big-screen debut in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2010) as Gwen Thompson, an imprisoned homeless girl. Two years later she appeared as a regular character on Justified as well as playing roles in Cinema Verite and Bad Teacher films released later that same year.
In 2014, she made her acting debut in Laggies alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley. Since then she has had various supporting roles in several movies like The Front Runner, Detroit, and Short Term 12.
In 2019, she made waves in Hollywood with her breakout performance as Olivia Wilde’s love interest in Beanie Feldstein’s comedy-drama Booksmart, garnering critical acclaim and grossing record-breaking box office receipts. For this performance, she was nominated for a Golden Globe. With several future projects already lined up and no doubt more to come she looks poised to continue making waves within Hollywood’s circuits.
Kaitlyn Dever’s Education
Kaitlyn Dever’s parents encouraged her acting interest from an early age, sending her to acting school at five. Her two sisters Jane and Mady are also actresses. Additionally, Kaitlyn has voiced over work for various video games.
She made her entertainment industry debut with the 2009 film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. Since then, she has appeared on television shows such as Modern Family, Party Down, and Private Practice before landing the role of Loretta McCready in the FX series Justified which lead her to become well-known among audiences. Furthermore, she has appeared in other popular shows/movies like Last Man Standing Detroit Short Term 12 as well.
As a teenager, she worked as both a backup dancer and model. Additionally, she has appeared in multiple music videos and plays piano. Beyond acting, she also enjoys music – becoming an accomplished pianist herself!
Tim and Kathy Dever raised her in Phoenix, Arizona alongside Mady Dever. She has an adorable dog named Banjo that she likes to keep on a healthy diet; music is something she is very passionate about listening to on Spotify; Toni Collette and Jennifer Lawrence serve as inspirations.
Kaitlyn Dever is estimated to be worth an estimated net worth of around $4 Million as of 2022. As an impressive young actress who has managed to secure roles in big movies at such an early age – such as Bad Teacher, The Spectacular Now, and Short Term 12 – Kaitlyn has also taken an active stance against bullying within schools and is passionately against any forms of bullying that might exist there.
Kaitlyn Dever’s Personal Life
Kaitlyn Dever is currently single and focused on her acting career. She can often be found sharing pictures of herself with her sister on social media, although there have been links to Ansel Elgort (West Side Story). Although their connection was never confirmed on their respective social media accounts. Kaitlyn does not mention any romantic interests on any of her platforms either.
She had always shown an affinity for performing arts and longed to become an actress from an early age. Encouraged by her parents, she decided to enroll at Dallas Young Actors Studio for a month-long acting program aimed at honing her skills before landing minor roles on television series such as Make It or Break It, Modern Family, Private Practice Party Down and The Mentalist before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career.
Kaitlyn began gaining more prominence as she experienced success. She made an appearance as Abbi Miller on the FX anthology series The Premise and later, played Betsy Mallum in Hulu limited series Dopesick for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination. Kaitlyn also appeared as Rosaline in Romeo & Juliet: Rosaline Retold.
She has earned accolades for both her TV and movie performances, garnering many fans through both channels. She possesses a dry sense of humor and enjoys singing; playing guitar as well. She supports transgender rights and hopes to host Saturday Night Live someday; is close with her mother (diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2015) as well as wants to advocate for women’s health issues.
Kaitlyn Dever’s Acting Career
Kaitlyn Dever has been acting since 2009 and made her silver screen debut in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. Subsequently, she appeared in television series such as Make It or Break It, Modern Family, Private Practice Party Down The Mentalist as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO and was even cast for Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher and J Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Young actress Natalie Portman has become one of the hottest rising stars in Hollywood, thanks to her outstanding two-season arc work on FX drama Justified which won critical acclaim and featured movies like James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End features her as Cassie Drake, Nathan Drake’s daughter whose voice she provides in-game. In addition, she has numerous projects planned and hopes to one day host Saturday Night Live!
Dever has earned her fans and critics praise for her acting abilities and has received several awards and nominations throughout her career, such as being presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award by Tom Hanks himself – it was truly inspiring! At present, she’s single and focused solely on acting. In the past, she dated co-star Ansel Elgort. Next up will be George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ romantic comedy film Ticket to Paradise where fans and critics alike eagerly anticipate her appearances!