Born on December 21, 1996 as Kaitlyn Rochelle Dever, this 26-year-old American actress has been one of Hollywood’s top emerging young actresses in today’s generation. Being active in the industry for just a little over a decade has already earned her two Golden Globe Awards nominations, plus a dozen more from other prestigious acting award-giving bodies.
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Apart from her numerous nominations, she also bagged a few awards, such as CinemaCon’s “Female Stars of Tomorrow” (shared with Beanie Feldstein), Hollywood Film Critics Association’s “Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under“ and “Next Generation of Hollywood”, and Hollywood TV Critics Association’s “Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series and or Movie”.
She started gaining recognition after she starred in probably three of the most notable projects she has had so far — the ABC/Fox sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2021), the Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable (2019), and the Hulu drama Dopesick (2021). She is also known for her roles as Gwen Thompson in the American Girl film entitled An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009), Loretta McCready in Justified (2010), and Jayden in Short Term 12 (2013).
Now, let’s go down to the reason why you’re here. Let’s try to answer that one question that must be keeping you, and the rest of her fans, curious — Is Kaitlyn Dever gay?
VOTE: What is Kaitlyn Dever’s Sexuality?
Living in the spotlight means the public is watching your every move. And Kaitlyn Dever is no exception to this. Fans had always kept an eye on her, hoping to get a glimpse of her personal life. But the actress had always been good at avoiding paparazzi. She rarely talks about her personal life, either. There was no trace of her dating life on her social media accounts, either, as she only shared photos of her family and friends.
But this doesn’t stop the fans from assuming anything about her love life. They would always link the actress to the people she appeared to be close with. Thus, Dever was romantically linked to at least four people.
Her earliest rumored relationship was with actor and musician, Ansel Elgort. The pair worked together on the American comedy-drama film Men, Women & Children (2014). They played each other’s love interest in the film and their strong onscreen chemistry must be a factor why fans thought they were dating in real life. Neither confirmed nor denied the dating rumor.
Her next dating rumor was in 2020 when she was linked to Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard. This was after she appeared in the American comedy miniseries Home Movie: The Princess Bride and had to do some scenes with the actor. And again, the off-screen relationship was never confirmed.
Then, around October 2021, Kaitlyn Dever was again linked to another rumored love interest, famous skateboarder and actor Nice Hiraga. This was after she shared a photo of herself hugging Hiraga on her social media account. Although the photo’s caption suggests that they’re just friends, fans flooded the comment section with questions about whether they’re an item. Hiraga, on the other hand, left a comment on the said photo, saying “love you big sistahhhh”, to which the actress replied with, “love uuuu”. The interaction suggests a platonic relationship between the two, but that doesn’t stop the fans from having other assumptions.
Just recently, the actress was rumored to be dating actor Travis Trope. There was not much information about the rumored relationship though.
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On Rumored Coming Out
Fans of the Golden Globe Award-nominated actress had always been curious about her sexuality. There had always been assumptions that she was not straight by sexual preference. These theories must have bloomed from her outstanding performances in woman-loving-woman (WLW) portrayals.
There were a few articles online talking about the actress “coming out” in an interview with The Times. She was said to admit to being in a relationship with both men and women. However, we couldn’t find enough proof of this supposed interview. Thus, we can’t really vouch for its legitimacy.
One thing for sure is the fact that Kaitlyn Dever received praise for portraying a queer role in some of her projects.
In an interview with AwardsWatch for her role in the Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable (2019), the actress talked about how it was to play such an important role as the queer community doesn’t always get that kind of representation in films of gay characters “that weren’t tragic or whose sole defining characteristic was more than just being gay or coming out.”
Is Kaitlyn Dever Gay?
Although the award-winning actress has been rumored to be in a relationship with a few other celebrities, none of those dating rumors has really been confirmed. Thus, it was hard to tell if Kaitlyn Dever was straight or not. It was also a huge factor that she was doing a really good job of keeping her private life under wraps. She never addressed gay rumors, either, thus, assuming her sexual preference is not sensible at this point. If Kaitlyn Dever chose to keep her relationships, as well as her sexuality private, we were left with no choice but to respect her decision.