The January 4 episode of "Last Man's Standing" on ABC highlights a problem that has deservedly been getting a lot of attention lately — bullying. Eve Baxter (played by Kaitlyn Dever) gets suspended for bullying after she calls one of her classmates a bad name. Her dad Mike (played by Tim Allen) is surprised that the act is considered bullying. In a recent exclusive interview we spoke with Kaitlyn about the episode and the problem of bullying.
Kaitlyn Dever was excited to tackle bullying
Kaitlyn was excited when she heard the show was going to tackle the subject of bullying. She stated, "It's really important that people know about it and the issue in schools because it happens every day to people and it really hurts when people get bullied."
Although the actress has never been bullied personally, she did recall friends in elementary school that fell victim. She currently is home schooled and so is not affected by the issue herself stated, "I definitely experienced it when I was in elementary school. It really showed me [that] people think saying a word to make fun of them won't hurt them but it actually does. It can really affect someone."
She offered this advice to kids, "When someone is bullying you, don't let it get to you. I remember my friends in school, someone said something mean to them and they really let it get to them. And it really affected them. But I would just say try to ignore it as much as possible and just be yourself."
Kaitlyn Dever talks about her role on 'Last Man Standing'
Since the fall of 2011, Kaitlyn has been playing Eve Baxter, the youngest daughter in Tim Allen and Nancy Travis' family. She is a bit of a tomboy who up until the bullying incident has never been in any trouble.
Kaitlyn explained the ways that she and Eve are similar. "We're alike with our sarcastic remarks and constantly making sarcastic comments to my sisters in real life and on set. She's got a very dry sense of humor. That's what I love to be able to portray my dry sense of humor as Eve Baxter on the show." But she continued, "She knows so much about sports and I know zero about sports… I've learned so much from being on set. I've learned so many new sports terms."
The young actress who has also appeared in "An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong" and the TV show "Justified," loves working with the "LMS" cast. "They're awesome. We all feel like a family and it's great. The cast is amazing I love everybody. Tim Allen is just awesome. Nancy Travis is amazing. She's the best. And then there's my older sisters on the show are awesome, too. Because they really feel like my older sisters and it's cool to have that aspect because I don't have older sisters in real life."
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Watch the "Bullying" episode of "Last Man Standing," on January 4 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on ABC.