Why did they change Anna-Kat on American Housewife? Let’s explain the season 5 cast change and get better acquainted with Giselle Eisenberg.

What is your favourite American sitcom?

There sure is a rich history of shows to pluck a favourite from, with such popular choices as Friends, Seinfeld, Cheers and more often coming out on top.

While it’s hard to beat the classics, there are still so many entertaining modern additions to the sitcom landscape.

Audiences will argue that one shining example is undoubtedly American Housewife.

Created by Sarah Dunn and premiering back in October 2016 on ABC, fans have become rather attached to the Otto family across four seasons now.

Admirers are currently delving into the fifth season and embracing the return of familiar faces. However, viewers can’t help but question the glaring cast change when it comes to Anna-Kat, Katie and Greg’s youngest daughter…

So, why did they change Anna-Kat on American Housewife?

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – “Prom” – Katie confronts a classmate’s mom when she suspects Anna-Kat is being bullied at school. Meanwhile, Taylor sets out to complete the final item on her life skills checklist – teaching Greg to shoot a three-pointer – so that she can attend her senior prom. At the same time, Oliver is sympathetic when a caller at the Teen Help Line confides that no one asked her to prom on the season finale of “American Housewife,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Erin Simkin / ABC via Getty Images) MELISSA KOSAR (DIRECTOR), JULIA BUTTERS

Why did they change Anna-Kat on American Housewife? What happened to the original?

  • Julia Butters has left American Housewife to pursue other opportunities and Giselle Eisenberg has stepped in to tackle the role.

This was reported by Deadline, which notes that ABC Signature accepted Julia’s request to depart from the project after her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood facilitated new opportunities.

The 11-year-old actress has earned acclaim for her performance of Trudi Fraser, which saw her cast alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Interestingly, Quentin cast her as Trudi after seeing her work on American Housewife.

According to IMDb, Julia has since played the part of Little Girl in the 2020 TV series short Short Circuit; it will be interesting to see what projects she lands next.

As for Giselle Eisenberg, let’s consider where we’ve seen her before.

Why did they change Anna-Kat on America Housewife? Giselle Eisenberg’s previous roles

As noted by IMDb, the American Housewife season 5 actress first appeared on screens in the 2013 TV movie The Ordained (she played Hannah).

She also starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street as Skylar Belfort (4 Years Old). So, both Anna-Kat actresses have shared the screen with Leonardo!

Other film work includes Sex Tape (Nell), A Most Violent Year (Catherine Morales) and Danny Collins (Hope Donnelly).

On the other hand, she’s also been aboard such TV shows as Flesh and Bone (Molly Jordan) and Puppy Dog Pals (voice of Lollie/Dot the Cheetah).

However, audiences will be most familiar with her as Sophia Hughes in the CBS series Life in Pieces.

Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Fans react to season 5 cast change

Since season 5 premiered and the casting has been revealed, a number of viewers have taken to Twitter to announce and weigh in their thoughts.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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