The middle child in the Baxter family, Amanda “Mandy” Baxter, is the odd one of the bunch. She’s a bit absent-minded, or perhaps just preoccupied with new fashion trends and designs, but her big dreams more than make up for it. In fact, it’s why she and Kyle become the most lovable couple on the show — they’re just perfect for each other. Midway through the sixth season, the two even tie the knot, with her officially becoming Mandy Baxter-Anderson. There’s a lot to love about the original Mandy, even her short judgments, and actress Molly Ephraim really sells it for the bulk of the series.
After “Last Man Standing” was unceremoniously canceled, Ephraim found work in more dramatic, recurring roles on shows such as “Brockmire,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and the Hulu Original “Casual.” Sadly, this made her unavailable to return to the role of Mandy Baxter when Fox revived the show a year later. Soon after she showed up on “The Act,” “Modern Family,” and Netflix’s “Pretty Smart” in smaller guest roles, and in 2020, Ephraim played Hazel Prystock in Chapters 4 through 8 of the hit HBO period drama “Perry Mason” alongside Matthew Rhys and Juliet Rylance. It’s clear that Ephraim has been working hard.