Arcy Caden Biography
D’Arcy Carden born D’Arcy Beth Carden is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her starring role as Janet on the NBC sitcom The Good Place.
D’arcy Carden Age
Carden was born on January 4, 1980, Danville, CA. She is 42 years as of 2023.
She stands at a height of 5′ 10″.
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D’arcy Carden Husband|Jason Carden
Carden married producer Jason Grant Carden on July 31, 2010. In 2013, the couple relocated from New York City to Los Angeles, California.
Born and raised in Danville, California, Darcy Beth Erokan. Her father, Dennis Erokan, performed in local community theater and founded the music magazine BAM for the Bay Area.
The maiden name of her mother is Engelfried. She has Miranda and Laney, two sisters, and Will, one brother. Darcy added an apostrophe to her name spelling when she was in high junior to emulate the band The Smashing Pumpkins ‘ D’arcy Wretzky.
She graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1998 and later graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.
D’arcy Carden Career
She moved to New York City after she graduated from college. Carden joined Venus Rising, a music-comedy company, and appeared in Seven Hearts in 2001, a musical about San Francisco-based friends.
She starred in a holiday show the following year where the main character is upset that her family is obsessed with the wedding of her selfish sister rather than maintaining their spirit of Christmas. She was also the manager and producer.
A friend invited Carden to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) for an improvisational sketch comedy show.
Carden had so much enjoyment with the show, she signed on for classes and continued to progress with the group. She began touring with UCB in 2004 and later with the company UCB Touring.
By 2010, when she was a cast member for The Ride, an interactive show on New York City tour buses, she used her married surname Carden professionally.
In 2013, in “Terrible Babysitters,” a web original about two parents who want to find a babysitter, Carden co-created and co-starred.
Carden also worked as a nanny for Bill Hader early on as she pursued her acting career. Carden played a recurring role in Broad City, a series created by fellow UCB alumni Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the Comedy Central series. D’Arcy and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have also appeared on Inside Amy Schumer.
She also played a small role in the Other People movie. She started playing as Janet in the NBC comedy The Good Place in 2016. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are the stars of the show.
The character of Carden is a virtual live assistant. In addition to working on The Good Place, Carden plays a recurrent role in the Barry HBO series, featuring Hader, who premiered in 2018.
D’arcy Carden Comedy Bang Bang
She has appeared on Comedy Central.
2019-Greener Grass as Miss Human
2018-Papi Chulo as Susan
2016-Other People as Jessica
2015-Unengaged as Liz
2014-I Know You Think I Farted as Linda
We Make That Lemonade as Mom with Stroller
2013- iSteve as News Anchor
The To Do List as Movie Patron
Anna Kendrick Goes K-Pop with F(x) as Jill Tigerman
2011-Bachelorette Ashley Is Single Again as Ashley
Mob Wives as Karen Gravano
2010-Pet-O-Rama as D’Arcy
2009-Homeschooled as Betty
D’arcy Carden TV Shows
2019-Bonding as Daphne
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as Homeowner
2018–present Barry as Natalie Greer
American Dad! as Sophia (voice)
2017-Veep as Congresswoman
2016–present A Good Place as Janet
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Eyebrows Girl
2015-Adam Ruins Everything as Future Wife
2014–2016, 2019 Broad City as Gemma
2016-CollegeHumor Originals as Denier
2013–2015-Comedy Bang! Bang! as Barbara Fleen / Assistant
Inside Amy Schumer as Emily
2011–2012- Jest Originals as Mother / D’Arcy / Time Traveler’s Wife
2010-Naked in a Fishbowl as Lucy
2009–2013 UCB Comedy Originals as Herself
2011 Rhonda Casting as Rhonda Basmati
D’Arcy collects $2 million as a net worth through her successful career which is equal to the journalist, Jim Hoffer.
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D’arcy Carden Interview
I think part of the reason Janet is such a great character is that she knows everyone’s secrets and knows the secrets of the universe, but she can’t really let that on.
Is that a hard balance to strike?
It’s funny because she has evolved so much. In Season 3, she’s come so far. It’s scary for me to have established this character for the last two seasons and then, you know, at the end of Season 2, she was getting… she was changing!
You saw her struggling with these feelings or whatever you want to call them inside of her, and now in Season 3, it’s a whole new ballgame. And that’s scary for me as an actor.
When a character evolves, the scary thing is that the audience won’t connect with the person or think that they’ve changed too much. That’s my own weird fear. I don’t know how realistic that is.
She’s kind of more like Ted Danson’s sidekick now.
Yes, totally, and she’s looking out for him, too. He’s getting so excited about the possibilities and she’s kind of like, oooookay. She’s parenting him almost.
It’s funny you say parenting because the way that she’s grappling with feelings of having a crush for the first time and feeling jealousy, she also kind of reminds me of a teenager.
What were you like as a teenager? Did you always know that you wanted to go into acting?
I did. When I was a little kid and my parents would take me and my siblings to see a play or a concert or a ballet or something, I would always sort of lose myself in what I was watching. The biggest desire in my little childhood brain was to be onstage. My overwhelming goal was: I gotta get up there. Then I started doing community theater and school plays and stuff like that. And I feel like I’m a smart person who doesn’t have her head in the clouds, but it’s pretty dumb to just want to be an actor your whole life. [Laughs].
Why do you say that?
You’re told so quickly that it’s almost impossible. As a kid, everybody wants to encourage you, but by the time I was majoring in theater in college, our professors were like, “Get out of this profession.
If there’s anything else you want to do, do that instead.” Because you’re not gonna make it. It’s a million times more likely that you won’t make it.
So I knew all that stuff, and again, I really feel like I have like, common sense about a lot of things.
But I truly never considered another option, even when I was struggling for 10 years and dirt poor in New York with my husband and trying to get jobs in L.A. It’s a hard one. But I was like, well, there’s no other choice for me.
Is there a part of you that’s, like ugh, finally! You’re getting your due.
Acting is so weird. And finding success in acting is so weird. So many people do it at such a young age—I mean literally, children do it—but then starlets and ingenues and everything, you have to be like, 18, 19, 20 for that.
People find success in this business at such different times. that I’ve worked with for years and I’m like, “Oh you’re not gonna make waves until you’re in your 40s, and then you’re going to like, explode.”
What was coming up through UCB like? Did you feel like it kept you grounded?
Yeah, totally. UCB was my saving grace. Being able to perform there got me through some of my biggest career struggles.
Even when I wasn’t making a living at acting, I was still getting to perform with people that I thought were the funniest people on the face of the Earth, like Amy Poehler. It made me feel like I was doing the right thing and on the right path.
But there’s this weird duality of being so happy for your friends who are making it, for example the Broad City girls, or any number of people that I was in classes with.
With the Broad City girls, granted, they’re like two of my best friends, so it’s a closer feeling. But the pride I felt for them when their show got picked up, it was like I had given birth. [Laughs] I was like, in tears, I was so happy for them, and continue to be.
There’s so many people like that at UCB. But after a while, after being so excited for all these friends, you do start to wonder, Did I miss the boat? Did I miss my chance? Is it too late for me?
But I think that can do two things: It can make you quit, or it can make you just put your head down and work harder. And for me, it made me want it more. It made it more attainable.
And then you were cast in their show.
And that was a life-changer. They’re filming [the series finale] right now. And my character Gemma makes a tiny appearance in one of the episodes, and after I filmed and they did a series wrap on me, I forcefully pushed [Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer] against a wall.
I’m much bigger than them [laughs]. And I was like, “Look at me in the eyes. You guys changed my life. I love you. For the rest of our lives, know that you changed my life and I can never repay.”
And we got all tear-eyed and smoochy and stuff. But you know, they were just trying to help their friend out, and to put people in their show that they believed in and trusted. They put me in their pilot and the scene got cut, and then they put me in another one.
They really were looking out for me. And again, I can never repay them. Mike Schur and Drew Goddard brought up Broad City in like, my third audition—that helped me get the job.
Are you at the point where people stop and recognize you on the street?
I am, a little bit. It’s more in L.A. or New York. I want to say it’s not changed my life, but of course it has; before, people didn’t do that. But our fans seem to be lovely, sweet, funny, smart people.
I’ve thought before that it would be harder to play like a villain or a super sexy character. Like, nobody’s creeping out on me. Everybody’s being nice and normal. So far it’s been lovely. It makes me happy when people are into our show.
Do you ever fear that robots will outsmart humans in real life, kind of like Janet has on the show?
I don’t fear it. I’m just like, it is a fact. It will happen. Maybe we’ll be long gone by then and our kids will have to deal with it, in which case, who cares?
Good luck to them.
Yeah, exactly! But it’s getting there, with every step, with every Siri, with every Alexa, we’re getting closer. It starts at my Alexa [laughs].
Has playing Janet changed the way you talk to your Alexa?
It has. Well, I’ll just say this: I can’t not be polite to them? When somebody doesn’t say like “Please” or “Thank you,” or they order their Alexa around, it shows a lot about who they are as a person.
And I’ll tell you what: it’s negative. It’s not good. You gotta be nice to your robot people.
Also, do you think it’s weird that Siri, Alexa is always a her?
I do. I think my dad has [a virtual assistant with] an old sort of British butler type of voice in his car. But even that’s a little… Yeah, there’s some issues with that!
Yeah, we have a ways to go.
We should be asking some 40-year-old white man to do our bidding. That’s what we should be doing. Yeah. We should be like, “BRAD. turn on my music, Brad.”
I think that’s great! I would definitely buy an Alexa if it was actually a Brad.
So I know you’re a fan of One Direction. Which member of One Direction do you think would survive in the Good Place?
Like, who would be let into the Good Place?
Or like, who would survive the hijinks. But yeah, either way.
I think Harry Styles would get into the Good Place because he is deeply, deeply good. But I don’t know if he would survive the hijinks because he’s like, very trusting and would maybe get duped easily.
But I think Louie Tomlinson is scrappy and a fighter and he would probably survive the hijinks. He’s a real Eleanor Shellstrop.
What is your version of the Good Place?
It would involve front-row concert tickets. Every night there would be a different concert of some great band, living or dead, because we’re in the afterlife.
And I would get to sit in the front row, and occasionally, yes, they would bring me on stage and just sing a song to me. That would be a part of it.
There would be really great sushi, and my dog would be there. And I guess that means my dog is dead, but that’s okay because we’re together in the afterlife. Actually, my whole family and friends and my husband would be there.
So unfortunately, that does mean all my family and friends and my husband, we did die, all together. In some sort of freak accident. But at least, again, we’re together in the afterlife and we’d have great Beyoncé concerts.