‘Last Man Standing’ Star Kaitlyn Dever Celebrates Mother’s Birthday With Throwback Photo

by Samantha Whidden

On Saturday (December 4th), Last Man Standing star Kaitlyn Dever took to her Instagram account to celebrate her mother’s birthday with a sweet throwback snapshot. 

“Happy birthday to the best in the whole world, the Last Man Standing actress declared the post. “I love you so so much mom.”

According to Irish News, the Last Man Standing star spoke about her mother’s cancer diagnosis in a 2020 interview with Evening Standing Magazine. Despite the health scare, Dever noted that the situation brought her and her mother close. “It was very scary. My baby sister was only six when my mom first got diagnosed.”

The Last Man Standing alum then shared that as the older sister, she felt a sense of deep responsibility to not get upset. “So I was always suppressing it and I think it really did affect the way I dealt with emotions then. And how I deal with them now.”

However, Dever went on to add that the emotional situation also helped her acting career because she was able to have some perspective on what matters and to let go a bit easier. 

‘Last Man Standing’ Alum Kaitlyn Dever Discusses Roles She’s Now Seeking 

During a recent interview with Net-A-Porter, the former Last Man Standing star opened up about the roles she’s currently seeking in her growing acting career. I’ve wanted to do a muscle literally my entire life,” Dever declared. “I’m always singing around the house.”

Despite nervousness and pressure, the Last Man Standing alum managed to audition for Dear Evan Hansen and score the role as Zoe Murphy. “The things going through your head are like, ‘Oh my god, this is the moment. I have this one opportunity.’ All of these thoughts were running through my head while I was auditioning for this movie and wanting it so terribly.”

Dever did admit however that the challenge of the musical role was her getting over her own internal nervousness and learning to trust herself to sing live on set. “It’s the fear of the unknown,” the Last Man Standing actress shared. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

While continuing to chat about her career, Dever stated she has a few things in mind to keep her acting going. “Ever since Unbelievable, I’ve really learned the impacts that filmmaking can have, [which is] a big reason why I love doing what I do. You can move people in so many different ways.”

Dever noted that she wants to continue to be part of projects that start a conversation or move the “needle” forward. “Representation is so important. The more I’m able to be part of stories that have been untold or stories that have been somewhat buried over time – whenever I can do that, I’m all for it.”