One of Hollywood’s most sought after talents, Caitlin Wachs took home two Young Artist Awards for her roles in Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) and My Dog Skip (2000), and memorably portrayed little Vivi in Sandra Bullock’s The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).
A recognizable face among TV viewers, Wachs, who made her debut with a recurring role in “Days of Our Lives” (1992), attracted public’s interest with her award-nominating performance of Chloe Waters in NBC’s “Profiler” (1996-1998) and for playing the older sister Sissy in the much anticipated series “Family Affair” (2002-2003). In a more recent show, she portrayed Rebecca Calloway in “Commander in Chief” (2005-2006), opposite Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland. Off camera, Wachs read a poem written by a girl whose father, a fire chief, killed in 9/11 on Memorial Day 2002 in Washington DC.
Childhood and Family:
In Eugene, Oregon, Caitlin Elizabeth Wachs (last name pronounced “wax”) was born on March 15, 1989 to parents Allan and Patrice Wachs. She has a brother named Whitman Wachs, who is 11 years her junior.
Caitlin earned nicknames Shimmer and Cat. The Oregon native currently lives in Los Angeles, along with her family and her pets, two dogs and two cats. She likes playing the guitar and learning to surf in her leisure time.
Caitlin Wachs began her professional acting career when she was only a little girl. She landed the recurring role of Jeannie Donovan in 1965’s series “Days of Our Lives” at age 3, and followed it up three years later with a guest spot in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and a four episodic role of Bridget Forrester in “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She smoothly moved to television film the next year by undertaking supporting parts in Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah (1996) and Shattered Mind (1996, starred Heather Locklear).
However, it was her portrayal of Chloe Waters in the NBC drama series “Profiler” (1996-1998) that won the lively Wachs a 1998 Young Star nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series as well as Young Artist nods in the category of Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress for three consecutive years. The show starred Ally Walker and Robert Davi.
A year after departing “Pretender,” Wachs again took a Young Artist nomination, this time for her fine guest performance of Faith Parker in one episode of “The Pretender,” and finally won one in 2000 after portraying Dara Lynn Prestonin the family film Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999). She shared the award with costars Zachary Browne, Rachel David, Marissa Leigh and Joe Pichler.
Following the direct-to-video-release Air Bud: World Pup (2000, as Andrea Framm), Wachs was cast in the supporting role of Rivers Applewhite in director Jay Russell’s drama My Dog Skip (2000), where she was handed a 2001 Young Artist for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film, sharing with Frankie Muniz, Cody Linley, Bradley Coryell and Daylan Honeycutt, appeared as Rachel in the Madonna and Rupert Everett comedy vehicle The Next Best Thing (2000) as well as portrayed Kevin Costner’s daughter in Roger Donaldson’s Thirteen Days (2001). She also costarred with Taylor Handley and Corinne Bohrer in the action-made-for television film Phantom of the Megaplex and had an episodic role in “Judging Amy” and “Shasta McNasty” (all 2000).
In 2002, Wachs offered a well-received portrayal of the young Vivi Abbott in the Warner Bros. film The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which starred Sandra Bullock and Ashely Judd. She reprised her role of Andrea Framm in Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) and played Penny in Inspector Gadget 2 (2003). The roles brought her nominations at DVD Exclusive Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie.
Meanwhile, Wachs surfaced on television, starring opposite Tim Curry and Gary Cole in the WB’s highly anticipated series “Family Affair” (2002-2003). In this remake of the 60’s touching family comedy, the budding player plays Sigourney ‘Sissy’ Davis, the older sister of Buffy (Sasha Pieterse) and Jody (Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak). Continuing her small careen project, Wachs undertook a costarring role along side Jason Schwartzman, Molly Shannon and Christopher McDonald in the Mike White-created series “Cracking Up” (2004), playing Chloe Shackleton, and starred as Rebecca Calloway in the short-lived “Commander in Chief” (2005-2006). Among her costar were Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland and Harry J. Lennix.
Wachs took part in the movie Kids in America (2005), playing Katie Carmichael, and is scheduled to appear in director/writer Dominick R. Domingo’s upcoming film Mary Worth (2006). The horror/thriller will see her as Mary Worth and star Keri Lynn Pratt, Eileen Brennan, Brock Cuchna and Matthew Lawrence.
- Young Artist: Best Ensemble in a Feature Film, My Dog Skip, 2001
- Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie - Young Ensemble, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, 2000