Kaitlyn Dever has been stealing scenes since she was 12. From her powerful turn in Unbelievable to her comedic breakout in Booksmart, she’s cemented herself as remarkably versatile. Her 2021 slate underlines this: After opening the Toronto International Film Festival with Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen, she’ll dive into the opioid crisis for the Hulu limited series Dopesick before filming her first rom-com opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Not too shabby.
A SELF-PROCLAIMED Broadway “stan,” she’s always wanted to do a musical. Dever bonded with Amy Adams, who plays her mother in Evan Hansen, over a mutual love for the band Bread and is hoping they’ll do karaoke together once they’re both back in L.A.
SHE SHARES a best friend with another Evan Hansen comrade, Ben Platt: Beanie Feldstein, Dever’s Booksmart costar. “She was really excited we were going to be working together,” says Dever. She and Platt decided to be roommates during the Evan Hansen shoot, where COVID-19 protocols meant splitting their time fully between the film’s set and their shared rental. “We were watching Love Island and Selling Sunset every night.”
IN DEVER’S MIND, the movie is the perfect salve for an alienating age. “Making a movie about feeling isolated felt even more impactful” during the pandemic, she says. “I have always wanted to be a part of projects that really do start a conversation, and I believe that this film does that and more.”
SHE ALSO STARS opposite Michael Keaton in Dopesick. Serious as that series is, working with Keaton was another “dream come true. He did the Beetlejuice voice for a split second, and I flipped.”
HER DREAM DINNER PARTY would include Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, and Willie Nelson. She’d like to play Amelia Earhart. Her favorite cocktail is an extra-dirty vodka martini. She wants to work with the Coen Brothers one day and would like to visit Montana on her next road trip.
THIS FALL, she will start work on Ticket to Paradise in Australia. “I’m losing my mind,” Dever admits. “Julia Roberts and George Clooney are playing my parents.” She hasn’t Zoomed them yet, because “the computer thing might be too nerve-racking.”
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