But as a member of one of Hollywood's most famous acting clans, Carradine, 23, knows that her last name is hard to top. Her grandfather John Carradine acted in more than 200 films, including The Grapes of Wrath. Then there's father Robert (Revenge of the Nerds) and uncles David (Kung Fu) and Keith (Nashville). "Sometimes in the video store, I'll be surrounded by my grandfather, my uncles and my dad," Ever says. (Of the origins of Ever, she says only, "It was 1974. I had friends named Sunshine and Collie.")
Now she has made a name for herself—as bike-shop babe Rosalie on Fox's Party of Five last season and as barely clad office assistant Pepper on NBC's Veronica's Closet, where her airhead antics persuaded producers to make her a regular. "She could have been intimidated, but she just so easily slid in," says costar Kathy Najimy.
Robert, 44, cheers his daughter's success, even as he says dryly, "I would like to see her wearing more clothing." His paternalism is understandable. After breaking with Ever's mother, horse trainer's assistant Susan Snyder, when Ever was 4, Robert raised her solo until he married Edie Mani, a homemaker, in 1990. "Growing up with him was really cool," says Ever, who graduated from Oregon's Lewis & Clark College. Now living with aspiring actor Tove Kingsbury, 25, in Sherman Oaks, Calif., she loves to bowl, play Scrabble and...whatEver.
Ever Carradine's first name is as easy to mock as it is to remember. The actress has heard every variation: "Everlasting, Evermore, never-Ever, forEver," she recites. "And please, no Ever-ready."