Kaitlyn Dever credits the 2013 indie drama “Short Term 12,” in which she plays a troubled teen dealing with self-harm, as the project that completely altered the way she looked at her acting career. “It was really an incredible realization,” she says. “You can not only love acting and doing the job, but also being a part of something that has real impact.”

Since then, the actor has made a habit of bringing often-overlooked characters to life on-screen, from a queer high-schooler in “Booksmart,” to a sexual assault survivor in “Unbelievable,” to her Emmy-nominated portrayal of an Oxycontin-addicted coal miner in “Dopesick.” On this episode of “In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast,” Dever takes us through the highs and lows of her evolution from promising child actor to Emmy-award frontrunner.


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