Kaylee DeFer is an American former actress who is best known for portraying Hillary Gold on the Fox sitcom 'The War at Home' and Ivy Dickens on The CW teen drama 'Gossip Girl'. She also had a recurring role on the short-lived The WB series 'The Mountain', and made guest appearances on several television shows such as 'Drake & Josh', 'Quintuplets', 'Family Guy', 'Ghost Whisperer', 'Bones', 'CSI: Miami', 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Friends with Benefits'. She has acted in only a handful of films, which includes a starring role in the low-budget Western film 'Mattie', also known as 'Renegade', and a major role in the thriller-horror film 'Darkroom', apart from small roles in films like 'Underclassman', 'Flicka' and 'Red State'. She revealed her decision to take a break from acting after announcing her first pregnancy in May 2013.
Kaylee DeFer, who became interested in acting through musical theatre, made her debut television appearance in an episode of the Nickelodeon sitcom 'Drake & Josh' in March 2004. It was followed by guest appearances in series like 'North Shore' and 'Quintuplets'. The same year, she also landed her first recurring television role as Scarlett on The WB's drama series 'The Mountain', which focused on the lives of the staff and people at a remote ski resort, and was cancelled four months later.
In 2005, she made her film debut in a small role in the action comedy 'Underclassman' and bagged the main role of Hillary Gold on Fox's 'The War at Home'. She portrayed the erratic eldest child of the Gold family in all the 44 episodes of the show before it was cancelled after two seasons due to negative critical reviews.
In 2006, she played the antagonist Miranda Koop in the adventure drama 'Flicka' and acted in the short film 'The Powder Puff Principle'. In the following years, she mostly appeared in guest roles on television shows such as 'Family Guy', 'Ghost Whisperer', 'CSI: Miami', 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Friends with Benefits'. DeFer, who had previously auditioned for the role of Raina Thorpe on the popular teen drama 'Gossip Girl', bagged the role of Ivy Dickens, a con artist pretending to be Charlotte 'Charlie' Rhodes, in the fifth season of the series in April 2011. She was promoted to the main cast for the sixth and final season the next year.
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Controversies & Scandals
Kaylee DeFer suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction very early on in her acting career, even before she filmed for 'The War at Home' or 'Flicka'. She was at Sundance supporting a friend's movie when she met fashion designer Linda Loudermilk at a yoga house. Loudermilk felt that a dress she had been working on for four months would fit perfectly on DeFer, and convinced her to wear it around the house for the day. The dress lacked any top stick, and while she was very careful, she only realized a couple months later that she had a wardrobe malfunction when her shocked mother told her about it on the phone. What was even more embarrassing for her was that her mother learnt about it through her brother's friends who first noticed the picture online.
Family & Personal Life
Kaylee Anne DeFer was born on September 23, 1986, in Tucson, Arizona, United States. She has a brother named Link. She was educated at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. She began appearing in musical theatre when she was only eight years old. In high school, she played the main role of Kim MacAfee in a production of the musical 'Bye Bye Birdie'.
Passionate about acting, she left her hometown as a teenager and came to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Actresses Julie Davenport and Stacy Linn Ramsower are her childhood friends. She has a tattoo of a prayer by Mother Theresa on her torso. DeFer, who is an avid video game fan, particularly of racecar driving, used to spend hours in the night at the local Golf N’ Stuff in Tucson playing with her friends. She can play the piano, sing and write songs, but doesn't perform her songs publicly. She is also very fond of karaoke singing.
Kaylee DeFer was in an on-and-off relationship with jewelry designer Michael Raymond Pereira for about a decade since 2002 when she called off their engagement in January 2012. In May 2013, she announced that she was 20 weeks pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Michael Fitzpatrick, the lead vocalist for the band Fitz and the Tantrums. Revealing that it was a surprise pregnancy, she stated that they were not planning to marry anytime soon. The couple, who now have three sons together – Theodore Ignatius, Sebastian Danger and Rémy Lincoln – got married on July 25, 2015.