Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaitlyn Dever's Career Booming at Age 17

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaitlyn Dever's Career Booming at Age 17

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PHILADELPHIA - For Kaitlyn Dever, time is passing too quickly. She turned 17 last month, for Pete's sake.

"I'm the opposite of all my friends," said the little scene stealer from Tim Allen's comedy "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m. Friday on ABC). "They can't wait to be 18 and driving and heading off to college. I'm kind of panicking. I wanted to be 16 a little longer."

If your career were booming like hers, you might want to stop and smell the residuals, too.

In addition to "Last Man Standing," on which she plays flinty youngest daughter Eve, she reprised her role last week as the dangerously resourceful Kentucky teen Loretta McCready on "Justified." Loretta is the firecracker who dared shoot Mags Bennet (Margo Martindale), the kid who keeps drawing the protective instinct out of Raylan (Timothy Olyphant).

At the moment, Ms. Dever is backstage on the "Last Man" soundstage, waiting for a table read. She's sitting in what serves as the classroom for her and Flynn Morrison, 8, who plays Boyd on the show.

"I'm a junior learning Algebra 2," she says, "and I'm in with a third grader."

Lately, she has been playing hooky a lot. But she has a note from her agent.

Ms. Dever has been splitting her time between the sitcom and the set of "Men, Women & Children," an Ivan Reitman comedy with Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, now filming in Texas.

It's one of five films she has done in the last two years, including the forthcoming "Laggies" with Keira Knightley.

It's unusual for a network to give a series contract player so much latitude, but ABC realizes what they have in Ms. Dever and makes every effort to accommodate her.

"She's a massively skilled actress," says "Last Man's" executive producer Tim Boyle. "It may get to the point where she's at a Jennifer Lawrence level, where we can't hold onto her, but we want it to last as long as possible."

The fact that "Last Man Standing" runs with clockwork efficiency affords Ms. Dever more away time. The lead, Mr. Allen, is a seasoned pro, and he brought over an old hand from "Home Improvement," director John Pasquin, who stresses rehearsal. …

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