Grace Kaufman, a young actress making a big splash across film and television, can most recently be seen in the brand new CBS comedy MAN WITH A PLAN (October 2016) alongside Matt LeBlanc (FRIENDS). She plays the smart and witty daughter ‘Kate Burns’ who helps her dad (LeBlanc) realize what it’s like to spend more time with the kids when their mom goes back to work. Simultaneously, her independent film BRAVE NEW JERSEY with Tony Hale and Anna Camp premiered at the Austin Film Festival (October 2016). Her career has been one to watch as Grace has starred alongside Hollywood all-stars such as Eric Dane, Reid Scott and Oscar nominated actress Barbara Hershey, tackling roles that both exude comedy and drama.
Kaufman began her professional career in television with a role in TNT’s THE CLOSER and continued to guest star in hit television series including NBC’s FREE AGENTS, Disney’s JESSIE, Disney XD’s LAB RATS and Nickelodeon’s DEADTIME STORIES. Last year, fans could see Kaufman as the nerdy, patrol girl ‘Bronwen,’ in the CBS series BAD TEACHER opposite Ari Graynor and David Alan Grier. Most recently, she could be seen in the TNT series from Michael Bay, THE LAST SHIP.
Film has followed suit for the budding star. In 2012, she was awarded Best Actress at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in Hollywood for her work in the short film BUTTONS IN THE GROUND. In 2014, she was a standout for her role in the David Lascher film SISTER (currently airing on Showtime on Demand). Starring alongside Reid Scott and Barbara Hershey, Kaufman received kudos for her portrayal of ‘Niki Presser,’ a young girl suffering through mental instabilities and family hurdles. At the Tribeca Film Festival, Roger Friedman referred to her as the “new Dakota Fanning,” and she was awarded the 2014 Discovery Award by Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival.
Proving she is more than just a screen actress, Kaufman stretches her chops with voice-over work. She can be heard on the highly popular Nick Jr. series BUBBLE GUPPIES, providing both the speaking and the singing voice of the fun, bright and opinionated ‘Deema.’ She has also lent her voice to Cartoon Network’s CLARENCE (as ‘Chelsea’), Disney’s MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE (as ‘Melody Mouse’), PALACE PETS (as ‘Berry’), and Dreamworks’ PEABODY AND SHERMAN, to name a few.
Kaufman is just 14 years old, but she is a singer and dancer (ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop) who has been recognized for her work during her young career with numerous awards. She started acting when she was 7 years old, performing in several theater and musical productions in the Los Angeles area. As ‘Tootie Smith’ in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at the Carpenter Center, Grace was awarded Outstanding Featured Actress by StageSceneLA, as well as Most Promising Newcomer by the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Other productions include Donald Margulies’ CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse and ANNIE at Musical Theatre West (as ‘Molly’), starring with Andrea McArdle as ‘Miss Hannigan.’ Most recently, she starred in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE, at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, where she was singled out for her incredible ability to portray a 13-year-old girl with nothing short of magic and realism.
Already reserving a spot as a respected, hardworking actress in Hollywood, Kaufman is wise for her young age, having said that her favorite part of acting, particularly live theater, is the effect she has on the audience. Grace loves to tackle roles that either “make people laugh or break their hearts.”