Kaitlyn Dever (pronounced "dee-vur") has worked with talents such as Clint Eastwood to Diane Lane. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and at the age of 16, she already has several high profile films and television credits under her belt. Dever stars on the ABC show Last Man Standing as Tim Allen's character's youngest daughter, and will soon be seen shining in the films The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. She showcases her versatility in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age comedic drama The Spectacular Now as "Krystal," the protective, know-it-all best friend of Shailene Woodley's character; and the much darker drama Short Term 12, where she plays "Jayden," a troubled teenager living in a group home for troubled youths alongside Brie Larson. Short Term 12 will premiere at SXSW 2013, and The Spectacular Now recently premiered to rave reviews at Sundance 2013 and will screen again at SXSW.
Dever knew she wanted to act at just five years old, and incessantly asked her parents to send her to acting school. They enrolled her in gymnastics, ballet and skating, but her passion didn't lie within any of these activities. At nine years of age, Dever enrolled at the Dallas Young Actors Studio, where she learned set etiquette, how the entertainment business works, and what would be expected of her as a professional actress. During a talent showcase held in the area for Hollywood agents, she was chosen by and signed immediately with a well known Los Angeles Talent Agency. Shortly thereafter, Dever was booking commercials and was on her way to the quality projects that now support her strong body of work.
In 2012, Dever wrapped a two season-long arc playing "Loretta McCready" on the FX drama Justified, for which she received critical acclaim. She appeared in the HBO movie Cinema Verite with Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini, and played a lead role in the 2009 HBO movie, An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. On the Starz comedy series Party Down, she played Megan Mullally's daughter, and later guest starred on the 2011 season premiere of the Emmy-winning HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm starring Larry David. She also has starred in episodes of Emmy winning TV shows: The Mentalist, Modern Family and Private Practice.
Dever's film credits include Cameron Diaz's comedy Bad Teacher for Sony Pictures and the Warner Bros. film, J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood.
In 2012, Dever was nominated three times at the 33rd Young Artist Awards for her roles in Bad Teacher, Last Man Standing and Justified. She resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two younger sisters.
Attended children's acting classes at Dallas Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas.
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