Carly Chaikin on why she almost wasn’t cast in “Mr. Robot”…

…and more on “At Home With The Creative Coalition”

New York, New York (April 20, 2021) – Carly Chaikin sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In the newest episode, Chaikin opens up about landing her role in “Mr. Robot” despite the creator’s initial objection to her casting, whether or not she was satisfied with the series’s ending, why she never expected to be cast as Dalia in ABC’s “Suburgatory,” and more. Highlights below.

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Highlights from “At Home With The Creative Coalition” featuring Carly Chaikin —

On landing her role in “Mr. Robot” despite the creator’s initial objections to her casting:
“That’s actually one of my favorite stories that I found out later. Susie Farris was the casting director. She suggested me to Sam Esmail, the creator, and Chad, our producer, and Sam — like, literally, they laughed and were like, ‘Absolutely not.’ Because they knew me from ‘Suburgatory,’ where I had platinum blonde hair and wore pink. And it turned into a whole thing where they were like, ‘Maybe you don’t know what we’re going for.’ And they started doubting Susie, and she — thank, God — really fought for me and was like, ‘Just trust me. She has tattoos and is not like that.’ And so then finally they were like, ‘Okay, fine, bring her in.’ They were not looking forward to it. And then I came in and read with them and then obviously they changed their mind.”

On her reaction after reading the pilot for “Mr. Robot”:
“I read the pilot and I just remember closing my computer and sitting there with my mouth open, jaw dropped, being like, ‘Oh my God, that was so incredible,’ and was just like, ‘I need to be a part of this.’”

On originally reading for the character of Angela in “Mr. Robot”:
“They actually first said, see me for Angela and then gave me a call back and said, ‘Actually, Darlene.’ And I really liked Angela, too. So I was like, ‘Can I just read both?’ But what’s so interesting is how, if I did play Angela, just how completely different the show would have been and how that would have made Darlene different […] But I read for both of them and they were like, ‘She’s Darlene.’”

On whether she was satisfied with how “Mr. Robot” ended:
“Yes, I was very satisfied. I think when I first heard — like, Sam called us to give us a rundown before we start the whole season and it’s, like, very hard to follow. And when he first told me, I didn’t really get it. But after we did the table read and were filming, and especially seeing it, I think that he just absolutely nailed it with the ending […] For this, he always knew from the beginning how it was going to end. And so it did feel like everything we did led up to that finale. And I feel like it really was… wrapped it up and was satisfying and was sad and was beautiful and happy and everything you’d want a finale to be.”

On why she never expected to be cast as Dalia in ABC’s “Suburgatory”:
“I first went in for Tessa, the main character that Jane Levy played, and then my agent called me and said, ‘They want to see you for Dalia.’ And I genuinely thought he was kidding because Dalia is, like, blonde hair and, you know, the kind of popular, mean girl, who wears high heels and pink, and that’s the polar opposite of me so I was like, ‘Very funny.’ And he was like, ‘No, I’m serious.’ So I went back in with casting and did her and then they all loved it.”

More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”
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More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. The Creative Coalition harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. For more information, visit