It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
American actress Kaitlin Olson is best known for her role as Deandra
“Sweet Dee” Reynolds in the television series “It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX, 2005-?). She is also known for
playing recurring roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (6
episodes, 2000-2007), “The Drew Carey Show” (2002-2004) and
“The Riches” (2007) as well as for her voices roles on
“Brickleberry” and “Unsupervised” (both 2012).
Olson has also acted in several films, including “Coyote
Ugly” (2000), “Leap Year” (2010) and “The
Olson is married to her “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
co-star Rob McElhenney (also creator of the show). They have two
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
Kaitlin Olson was born on August 18, 1975, in Portland, Oregon,
to Donald Olson, who worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune.
She was raised on a farm in Oregon. Kaitlin received a Bachelor's
degree in Theatre Arts from University of Oregon and later relocated to
Los Angeles to become a professional actress.
On September 27, 2008, Kaitlin married co-star/creator of “It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Rob McElhenney, in California.
They welcomed their first child, a son, Axel Lee McElhenny, on
September 1, 2010. Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on
April 5, 2012.
The Drew Carey Show
After moving to Los Angeles, Kaitlin Olson worked with the
improvisational group the Groundlings. She toured with USO to Kosovo,
Bosnia, and Norway. Thanks to a coveted spot in The Groundlings Sunday
Company, she landed a recurring role as Cheryl's sister Becky in
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2000 and then another recurring
role as Traylor, Mimi's nemesis, in “The Drew Carey Show”
between 2002 and 2004. She also appeared in some movies in early 2000s,
such as “Eyes to Heaven,” “Jacks” (playing
Jocelyn), “Coyote Ugly” and “Fugly”
Olson became a regular on the Fox improv/hidden camera series
“Meet the Marks” (2002), in which she portrayed Kaitlin
Marks. She also had recurring stints on “The Jamie Kennedy
Experiment” (2002) and “Punk'd” (2003) as well as
guest spots in “Miss Match” (2003), “Significant
Others” (2004) and “George Lopez” (2004).
Olson's big break arrived when she was cast as Deandra Reynolds, the
main bartender at Paddy's Pub, on the FX sitcom “It's Always
Sunny in Philadelphia,” opposite Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob
McElhenney and Danny DeVito. She was on the show since its premiere on
August 4, 2005.
Olson had various role on “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch
Show” (2005) and made a guest appearance as Debbie in an episode
of “Out of Practice” called “Model Behavior (2006).
In 2007, she had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the
“one-armed” neighbor, on the FX series “The
Riches.” She returned to features in 2009 with a supporting role
as Sherry on the comedy “Weather Girl,” starring Tricia
O'Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Enrico Colantoni. It was followed
by a role as Amy Adams' best friend on “Leap Year,” a
romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker, and a part opposite Jon
Dore, Jason Sklar and Randy Sklar on the direct to video “Held
After providing the voice of Brenda Quagmire on an episode of
“Family Guy” (2011), Olson lent her voice for the character
Ethel Anderson on the first season of Comedy Central's adult animated
sitcom “Brickleberry” in 2012. The same year, she voiced
Carol, Gary's irresponsible alcoholic stepmother/Danielle on several
episodes of the FX animated series “Unsupervised.” She
could also be seen playing Barbara Manzer on the short film
“Trading Up: Behind the Green Door” (2012).
In 2013, Olson portrayed the role of Tatiana in the buddy cop comedy
film “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa
McCarthy. The film was both commercial and critical victory.