Last Man Standing
Molly Ephraim is an American actress of stage, film and television. She
is best known for playing Tim Allen's daughter on the ABC sitcom
“Last Man Standing” (2011-?) and Ali Rey on the films
“Paranormal Activity 2” (2010) and “Paranormal
Activity: The Marked Ones” (2014).
Childhood and Family:
Molly Ephraim was born on May 22, 1986, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
to parents Nina Z. and William F. Ephraim. Raised in Bucks County,
Pennsylvania, young Molly performed at the local playhouse, and later
worked professionally at the Prince Music Theater and Arden Theatre
Company in Philadelphia. Molly graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in
Religion from Princeton University. While in college, she joined the
Triangle Club and choreographed and performed in many shows for
Princeton University Players and Theatre Intime.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Molly Ephraim began her professional acting career on stage when she
was a teenager. At age 16, she made her Broadway debut in the 2002
revival of “Into the Woods,” where Ephraim's turn as Little
Red Riding Hood brought her a Drama League Award nomination. In 2004,
she portrayed Bielke in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the
Roof.” In between, Ephraim made her television debut as Ally
Hench in a pilot called “Hench at Home” (2003), which was
co-written by Michael J. Fox.
In 2008, Ephraim hit the big screen with a small role as Wendy in
“College Road Trip,” an adventure/comedy film starring
Raven-Symoné, Martin Lawrence and Kym Whitley. Ephraim also
performed the film soundtracks like “We Wish You a Merry
Christmas,” “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot
Bikini,” “Getting to Know You” and “So Long,
Farewell” (all with Donny Osmond). She guest starred in an
episode of “Law & Order” called “Tango” in
2008 and in an episode of “Royal Pains” called
“It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again” in 2009.
On stage, Ephraim was cast as Olive in “The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee” at the Barrington Stage Company in 2008, in
a remounting of the production with new direction by Jeremy Dobrish,
and at the North Shore Music Theatre. She portrayed Rachel Stein in the
Off Broadway production of “End Days” at the Ensemble
Studio Theatre in 2009. In 2010, she played the role of Anne Frank in
“The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Westport Country
Ephraim starred as Ali Rey in the supernatural horror film
“Paranormal Activity 2” (2010), a prequel to the 2007 film
“Paranormal Activity,” which was directed by Tod Williams.
The film was a commercial success despite receiving mixed reviews from
critics. Her co-stars in the film included Katie Featherston,
Sprague Grayden and Brian Boland. The same year, she appeared in an
unsold TV pilot, “The Wonderful Maladys.”
In 2011, Ephraim landed the role of Amanda Elaine “Mandy”
Baxter, the second oldest daughter, in the television sitcom
“Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis.
The series premiered on ABC on October 11, 2011.
In 2012, Ephraim starred with Casey O'Keefe and Ian Roberts in
“Sleep Attack,” a short film directed and co-written by Ben
In 2014, Ephraim reprised the role of Ali Ray on “Paranormal
Activity: The Marked Ones,”the fifth installment of the film
series. It was released in the United States on January 3, 2014. She
also had a recurring role as Alison on “It Could Be Worse.”
Ephraim will appear along with Lothaire Bluteau and Lily Cole in the
upcoming comedy movie “Gravy,” directed and co-written by
James Roday. The film is set to be released on October 31, 2014.