Carly Chaikin

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Carly Chaikin
Carly Chaikin in 2012
Chaikin in 2012
Born Carly Hannah Chaikin
(1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 25)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Notable work Suburgatory
The Last Song
Mr. Robot

Carly Hannah Chaikin (born March 26, 1990) is an American actress. She was in the Miley Cyrus film The Last Song, and got her breakout role starring as Dalia Royce in the sitcom Suburgatory. In 2015, she began playing the role of Darlene in the USA Network television drama Mr. Robot.

Early life[edit]

Chaikin was born in Santa Monica, California to a cardiologist father and a physiotherapist mother.[1][2]

She went to Archer School for Girls, a high school in Los Angeles. During this time she played a lot of athletics, volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer.[3]


She has known she wanted to be an actress since she was 11.[4]

In 2009, Chaikin landed the role of Veronica in the film The Consultants, released December 4, 2010 in the US.

Chaikin starred alongside Miley Cyrus in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song, initially released in the US on March 31, 2010. She played the role of Blaze, the antagonist of the film who is a rebel that stirs up trouble for Ronnie, played by Cyrus.[5]

Chaikin appeared in the 2012 independent film My Uncle Rafael starring John Michael Higgins.[2]

In 2011, Chaikin was cast as Dalia Oprah Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory alongside Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines.[6][7] Chaikin's character, Dalia, was the mean girl to Jane Levy's Tessa,[8] and soon became a fan favorite and her performance a popular highlight of the show.[9][10][11] Chaikin originally auditioned for the role of Tessa.[12] Chaikin wrote a series of articles as her character, Dalia, for the magazine, Parade.[13] As her character, Dalia, she shot a music video called "You Missed A Spot."

In 2013, Chaikin was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Suburgatory[14] and was discussed as a potential Emmy nomination.[15] The series ended its run on May 14, 2014.[16]

In addition to acting, Chaikin is a writer and producer of short films, including Happy Fucking Birthday, and Nowhere to Go, which was honored at the First Glance Film Festival in 2013.[17]

In 2014, Chaikin was cast in the USA Network TV series, Mr. Robot,[18][19] starring Rami Malek ("Elliot") and Christian Slater ("Mr. Robot").[20] She plays the character Darlene, who is a programmer, is part of the fsociety group who writes malicious rootkit code.[21][22] At the 2015 SXSW film festival, the show won the Audience Award for Episodic TV shows.[23][24] Mr. Robot was picked up for a second season.[25][26] Chaikin auditioned for the roles of both Angela and Darlene. She said that it was a great pilot and that the bad-ass nature of the character really appealed to her.[27]

In 2015, Chaikin guest-starred on Marc Maron's TV show, Maron, as Tina, a college teaching assistant whom Marc's friend (played by Adam Goldberg) has slept with.

Personal life[edit]

Chaikin is a painter, focusing on acrylics and oil, with some mixed media collage.[3] Although she took painting classes growing up, Chaikin says that she is mostly self-taught.[28] She has 11 tattoos; one of which features song lyrics by Bob Dylan.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Consultants Veronica
2010 The Last Song Blaze
2011 Escapee Lynne Petersen
2012 My Uncle Rafael Kim
2013 In a World... Excruciating
2015 Bad Blood Frances


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Dalia Royce Main cast; 50 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[30]
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie 2 episodes: "Sisters" and "The Tutors"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Brittany Episode: "16 Hop Street"
2015 Maron Tina Episode: "Professor of Desire"
2015-present Mr. Robot Darlene Main cast
10 episodes

Shorts and web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie Web series; 2 episodes
2012 Nowhere to Go[31] Austyn Short film; also writer and executive producer
2013 Happy Fucking Birthday Maddy McDowell Short
2014 Dissonance Julia Short; also producer
2014 Literally[32] Hello Giggles shorts[22]


  1. ^ "Carly Chaikin, Celebrity - Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Steely, Jon (March 2010). "Introducing Carly Chaikin". Venice Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Garron, Barry (22 August 2011). "SM Native Quickly Becomes TV Star". Santa Monica Patch. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Hinojosa, Stacy (14 March 2012). "Exclusive: Carly Chaikin 'Suburgatory' Interview". Cambio. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ O., Courtney (16 June 2009). "‘The Last Song’ Goes Into Production". MovieWeb. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 March 2011). "Jeremy Sisto To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot 'Suburgatory'". Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (17 October 2012). "'Suburgatory' Co-Stars Tease 'Sweet' Dallas-George Moments, Barely-There Outfits and Epic Dance-Offs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Maureen (9 May 2012). "'Suburgatory's' Dalia Speaks: Carly Chaikin On One Tan And Funny Chatswin Resident". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Stanhope, Kate (5 March 2013). "Suburgatory's Carly Chaikin on Taking Dalia’s Crazy to New Heights, Her Throwdown with Tessa". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Acord, Tanner; Nededog, Jethro (26 March 2014). "Drinking With the Star: ‘Suburgatory’s’ Carly Chaikin on Dahlia’s Signature Faces, Meddling in Lisa’s Marriage Proposal (Video)". The Wrap. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Prudom, Laura (6 March 2013). "'Suburgatory': Carly Chaikin Previews Dalia's Revenge, Dry Crying And 'How To Be A Baby'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Redd, Nancy (5 August 2013). "Carly Chaikin on The New Season of 'Suburgatory'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Suburgatory's Dalia Royce". Parade. 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  14. ^ The Deadline Team (22 May 2013). "HBO, FX Lead Critics' Choice TV Awards - But Where Are 'Mad Men', 'Modern Family'?". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (19 July 2013). "Carly Chaikin of Suburgatory". HitFix. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2014). "'Suburgatory', 'Super Fun Night' Canceled by ABC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dalia Royce Played by Carly Chaikin". ABC. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Ng, Philiana (11 September 2014). "'Suburgatory,' 'Her' Alums to Co-Star in USA's Hacker Drama 'Mr. Robot'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Darlene - Played by Carly Chaikin". USA Network. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  20. ^ The Deadline Team (11 September 2011). "Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin Join USA Pilot ‘Mr. Robot'; Rupert Evans In Amazon’s ‘Man In The High Castle’". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Tang, Jenny (9 April 2015). "Interview with Mr Robot cast at SXSW 2015". Nerdgeist. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Nickalls, Sammy (24 June 2015). "Nerding out with Carly Chaikin: On her new show ‘Mr. Robot,' and her HelloGiggles series ‘Literally'". Hello Giggles. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  23. ^ Wiese, Christina (21 March 2015). "2015 SXSW Film Audience Award Winners Announced". SXSW. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  24. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (25 March 2015). "Review: What is 'Mr. Robot,' and Why Did It Win the SXSW Audience Award?". Indiewire. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (24 June 2015). "‘Mr. Robot’ Gets Second-Season Pickup By USA Ahead Of Series Premiere". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  26. ^ Stanhope, Kate (24 June 2015). "USA Renews 'Mr. Robot' for Season 2 Hours Ahead of Series Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Christian Slater: Mr. Robot Q&A - Film 2015 -SXSW". SXSW. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  28. ^ Liza, Darwin (24 April 2014). "Artist in Residence: Carly Chaikin". Nylon. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  29. ^ Brody, Caitlin (16 October 2012). "Suburgatory's Carly Chaikin is Nothing Like Her Character, Dalia. Count the Tattoos for Proof!". Glamour. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  30. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Wilson Hunt, Stacey (10 June 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  31. ^ Nowhere to Go on Vimeo
  32. ^ "Literally". YouTube. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

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