Molly McCook has taken the role of Mandy Baxter in Last Man Standing, replacing actress Molly Ephraim, who portrayed the character for six seasons. Not long after she made her debut as Mandy in the first episode of season 7, she received a huge backlash from fans.
Who is Molly McCook?
Fans have started tweeting with the hashtag, #NotMyMandy to voice their displeasure with the casting change. However, she took to Twitter to respond to the backlash saying,
“I SEE your new #NotMyMandy hashtag. You’re right... I’m not THAT Mandy. I’m THIS Mandy. I get it. I promise to love and respect your favorite show and YOU. ♥️ @LastManStanding”
Despite the backlash, Molly also received a lot of positive response from the fans, and it seems that she is embracing being a part of the Baxter family with all her heart. As the show goes on, fans will likely get used to seeing her as Mandy and will start welcoming her into their living rooms in days to come.
Born on July 30, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, Molly is a daughter of TV industry veterans, John McCook and Laurette Spang. She is the sister of a film editor, Jake McCook, Becky McCook and younger step-sister of Seth McCook. She followed in her father’s footstep starring along with him in a long-running soap opera. Further, she has also appeared in an episode of 10 Things I Hate About You as Stacy and as a singer on Glee. Before landing the role of Mandy, Molly was known for her work in Netflix’s The Ranch, a horror movie, Excision, and a web series, Guidance. She has also appeared in The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions as Annette in 2015.
The 28-year-old is currently engaged to actor John Krause, who has appeared in musicals like Wicked. The pair is set to marry next year. Krause has also been supportive of his fiancée tweeting about how she gracefully handled all the animosity. Prior to her relationship with Krause, she was in a relationship with actor and singer, Devon Werkheiser.