Kaitlyn 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 respected talent agent. Shortly thereafter, Dever was booking commercials and was on her way to the quality projects that now support her strong body of work.
She briefly showcased 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 get the opportunity to truly shine in the dark drama Short Term 12, where she plays the supporting lead "Jayden," a troubled teenager living in a group home for troubled youths alongside Brie Larson. Short Term 12 premiered at SXSW 2013, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative as well as the Audience Award, Kaitlyn was coined as this summer's indie IT girl and was highlighted as a SXSW breakout.
In 2012, Dever wrapped her memorable 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.
She is currently starring on the ABC show Last Man Standing as Tim Allen's character's youngest daughter, she was also seen shining in the films The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12 this summer.
Next up, Kaitlyn will be seen in a supporting role for the feature film "Laggies" opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiera Knightly set for release in 2014. Keeping busy this past summer, she also shot the lead in the upcoming indie drama "Grass Stains" with Tye Sheridan, a daunting story of a teenager trying to deal with his guilty conscience after his role in a prank causes the death of his girlfriend's older brother.
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. Kaitlyn was born in Phoenix, Arizona and she currently resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two younger sisters.