(born December 21, 1996) is an American actress. She is best known
for her roles as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film entitled An
American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Loretta McCready in Justified,
Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing, and Jayden in Short Term 12.
Early life and career
Dever was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Kathy and Tim Dever. At the
age of five, she began her interest in the performing arts with her
parents sending her to an acting school. She also participated in
gymnastics, ballet and skating, until she focused on acting. Her
family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where she enrolled at the Dallas
Young Actors Studio in a month-long acting program. Honing her
acting skills at the studio, she booked a number of commercials,
before moving to Los Angeles.
Dever's first notable acting role was in the American Girl film An
American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009) as Gwen Thompson, a
bullied homeless girl. In 2011, she was cast in a recurring role as
Loretta McCready in the FX series Justified during the show's second
season. That same year she was cast as a series regular in the ABC
sitcom Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen.
Dever's other television credits include Make It or Break It, Modern
Family, Private Practice, Party Down, The Mentalist, and Curb Your
Enthusiasm. Her 2011 film credits include Cinema Verite, Bad
Teacher, and the Clint Eastwood–directed film J. Edgar. In 2012,
Dever was nominated three times at the 33rd Young Artist Awards: for
her supporting roles in Bad Teacher and Last Man Standing and for
her recurring role in Justified. In 2013, Dever appeared in
supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films The Spectacular
Now and Short Term 12. Her role in the latter garnered widespread
acclaim from critics.
Dever joined the cast of the 2014 film, Laggies, playing the
character Misty. The film also stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira
Knightley. In 2014, she co-starred in the comedy film Men, Women &
Children, directed by Jason Reitman.