Kaylee Anne DeFer (born September 23, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayal of Ivy Dickens in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl.


DeFer was born in Tucson, Arizona. In 2003, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


DeFer made her acting debut in a March 2004 episode of the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. She has since made a number of guest appearances on television shows such as QuintupletsGhost WhispererCSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. DeFer appears on the cover of Reeve Oliver's second album, Touchtone Inferno (2007).

In May 2004, DeFer was cast as Scarlett on The WB's drama series The Mountain. The series follows the personal lives of the staff and friends at a remote ski resort. The series premiered on September 22, 2004, but was cancelled after four months.

In April 2005, DeFer landed a role on the Fox sitcom The War at Home. The series centers on the day-to-day life of Gold family whom reside in Long Island, New York. DeFer portrayed teenager Hillary Gold, the eldest child who frequently misbehaves. The series premiered on September 11, 2005 to 7.2 million viewers, but received generally negative reviews from critics. The series ran for two seasons.

DeFer starred in her theatrical film debut Flicka, released in October 2006. DeFer portrayed the film's antagonist, Miranda Koop. In 2011, DeFer starred in the low-budget Western film Mattie, which was released on DVD under the title Renegade.

In April 2011, The CW announced DeFer would have a major-recurring arc in both the fourth and fifth seasons of Gossip Girl. DeFer had previously auditioned for the role of Raina Thorpe, but she did not receive the part. DeFer portrayed the role of Ivy Dickens, a con artist who pretends to be Charlotte "Charlie" Rhodes in order to get access to the latter's trust fund. DeFer was reunited with The Mountain castmate Penn Badgley. The critical reception of the character had been positive until her appearance in the fifth season received less than favorable reviews. DeFer reprised her role of Ivy in the series' sixth and final season and was listed as a main cast member.

Personal Life

In January 2012, DeFer called off her engagement to jewelry designer Mike Pereria, whom she had been dating on and off since 2002.

DeFer subsequently began dating Michael Fitzpatrick, lead vocalist for the band Fitz and the Tantrums, and in May 2013, she announced that they were expecting a child together. They welcomed their son, Theodore Ignatius, on September 20, 2013. The couple got married on July 25, 2015. They welcomed their second son, Sebastian Danger, on April 11, 2017.



Movie Role Year Notes
Underclassman Des 2005
The Powder Puff Principle Young school board president 2006 Short film
Flicka Miranda Koop 2006
In My Pocket Molly 2011
Mattie Mattie Springer 2011
Red State Dana 2011
Darkroom Michelle 2013


Show Role Year(s) Notes
Drake & Josh Girl that complains too much 2004 Episode: "Guitar"
North Shore Emily 2004 Episode: "Secret Service"
Quintuplets Stephanie 2004 2 episodes
The Mountain Scarlett 2004-05 Recurring role; 6 episodes
Listen Up! Brooke 2005 Episode: "Inky Dinky Don't"
The War at Home Hillary Gold 2005-07 Main role; 44 episodes
Shark Katie Dobbs 2007 Episode: "Shaun of the Dead"
Family Guy Dakota 2008 Voice; Episode: "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing"
Ghost Whisperer Angie Halsenback 2009 Episode: "This Joint's Haunted"
Bones Tory Payne 2009 Episode: "The Gamer in the Grease"
CSI: Miami Valerie Metcalf 2010 Episode: "Getting Axed"
How I Met Your Mother Casey 2010, 2013 2 episodes
Gossip Girl Ivy Dickens / Charlotte "Charlie" Rhodes 2011-12 Guest role (Season 4); main role (Seasons 5-6); 39 episodes
Friends With Benefits Mary Webber 2011 Episode: "The Benefit of Mentors"
Layover Rebecca White 2012 Television film
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