Julia Butters

Child actress Julia Butters was best known for playing Anna-Kat Otto, an adorable child with OCD, on the sitcom "American Housewife" (ABC 2016- ). The daughter of Disney animator Darrin Butters, Julia showed a natural aptitude for acting even as a toddler, acting out scenes from her favorite films at home. She had her first agent at age two and began doing print and TV ads. At age four she had her first speaking role in an episode of procedural drama "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005- ), as a child who is abducted from the back of a vehicle. The episode was written with her in mind after the writer saw her in a commercial. She made her series debut on the popular "Best Friends Whenever" (Disney 2015- ). In the series' first episode, lifelong friends Shelby and Cyd revisit the kindergarten where they first met and magically change back into their five-year-old selves; Butters played the young Cyd. Further film and TV roles followed including a recurring role as Emma on "Transparent" (Amazon 2014- ), Jill Soloway's edgy comedy about a family with a transgender father. Her first theatrical movies were the Canadian-produced drama "The Headhunter's Calling" (2016) and "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" (2016), a true-life action movie directed by Michael Bay.