NOC Interview: Kaitlyn Dever Discusses Hulu’s ‘Dopesick’

Kaitlyn Dever stars as Betsy in Dopesick. The new eight episode series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy. Dopesick will premiere Wednesday, October 13 on Hulu.

Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies.

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Dever starred in Netflix’s eight-episode, limited series Unbelievable in 2019. Her performance earned her nominations in the ‘Lead Actress of a Limited Series’ category for both the Golden Globe Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as a 2020 Television Critics Association (TCA) Award nomination in the ‘Individual Achievement in Drama’ category. She also starred in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, leading her to be recognized by the Hollywood Critics Association as the 2020 Breakthrough Artist Under the Age of 23 and named an EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee for her performance.

Most recently, the actress can be seen as Zoe Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen as well as in the pilot of B.J. Novak’s new series, The Premise. Dever will star next in the half-hour, live-action comedy series, The Wildest Animals in Griffith Park.

Other notable film credits include Coastal Elites, Monsterland, Them That Follow, The Front Runner, Beautiful Boy, Outside In, Laggies, Detroit, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12, We Don’t Belong Here, Grass Stains, J. Edgar, Bad Teacher, and Men, Women & Children. On the small screen, Dever’s work includes Last Man Standing, Justified, The Mentalist, Party Down, Modern Family, Private Practice, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Upcoming, the actress will begin production on 20th Century Studios’ Romeo and Juliet revolutionist picture, Rosaline. Following that, she will start filming on Universal Studios and Working Title’s film, Ticket to Paradise, as well as on 20th Century Studios film, No One Will Save You.


I spoke with the actress about what attracted her to the project, her favorite aspect of bringing Betsy to life, and what preparation she did for Dopesick.

Watch my interview below to hear her answers: