It’s been a busy fall for young actress Kaitlyn Dever, who appears in Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, out Friday, and stars in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children.
Dever proved her formidable acting chops in last year’s Short Term 12 playing an abused teen in a foster-care facility—look no further than the scene in which she reads a children’s story her character wrote about an octopus. In the scene, Dever let’s her character’s disconnected, tough façade slip away. Her performance in that movie and The Spectacular Now got her labeled the “Summer’s Indie It Flick Queen” by Teen Vogue.
Dever, who also stars on Last Man Standing, is good at playing girls with an attitude, and it’s used to comedic effect in Laggies. Dever plays Misty, the no B.S. best (teenage) friend of Chloë Grace Moretz’s Annika. Annika and Misty start palling around with Keira Knightley’s aimless twentysomething Megan after Megan buys them alcohol one night and then begins to crash at Annika’s. Reitman also tapped Dever be in his live reading of American Beauty, telling EW that she “probably would be cast in the Thora Birch role if American Beauty were being made today.”
EW spoke to her in advance of that reading about Laggies, improv, and working with other teens. READ FULL STORY