Kaitlyn Dever (pronounced “dee-vur”) is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising young talents. From work with talents such as Clint Eastwood to Diane Lane, Dever has steadily proven to industry decision makers that she is one to watch. 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 is currently starring 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 premiered at SXSW 2013, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative as well as the Audience Award. The Spectacular Now recently premiered to rave reviews at Sundance 2013, screened at SXSW and is set for an August 2nd 2013 release.
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.
Hollywood is taking notice. 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 currently resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two younger sisters.
About the Be Good to Each Other campaign
At CustomInk, we believe in the Golden Rule and treating others with kindness and respect. Statistics show that between 20-30% of school-aged kids in the United States have been bullied. That is why we've created the Be Good To Each Other campaign to help increase awareness and ultimately prevent bullying by uniting groups with custom t-shirts.
This is the third year of the CustomInk Be Good To Each Other campaign. With the help of our celebrity partners, the media and you, CustomInk has raised more than $20,000 for bullying prevention efforts. And the power of t-shirts goes beyond just the funds raised - thousands of people continue to wear the shirts they've purchased and spread the word that bullying is not okay!
About our partner: PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.
PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, including:
• PACER.org/Bullying: This is the portal page for parents and educators to access bullying resources, which include educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas, promotional products and more.
• PACERTeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
• PACERKidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.
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