League of Their Own’s D’Arcy Carden: Rosie O’Donnell ‘Magical’

Doris was always a talker! The Rockford Peaches may have huddled together in their locker room before heading out on the field, but it was never boring! Rosie O’Donnell who they surrounded in-between takes of Prime Video’s A League of Their Own.

‘A League of Their Own’ TV Series: Everything to Know 

Abbi Jacobson D’Arcy CardenThe comedy-drama about sports will premiere on Friday, August 12. O’Donnell, 60, starred in the original 1992 film as third base player Doris Murphy, and it was announced last month that she’d be appearing on the show in a different role.

Amazon Studios

“It was pretty magical. We were pretty thrilled by it,” Carden, 42, exclusively told Us Weekly of having O’Donnell on set. “She just knew what the movie meant to us. She didn’t pretend like it wasn’t a thing because it was a thing. We asked a million questions, she shared a few behind-the scenes stories and sounded like Penny Marshall. MadonnaEverything and voice. We were all just giddy and surrounded her. I remember her little chair was set up and everybody’s chair was spread out throughout the room and by the end of it, everybody’s chair was right up against her. Like story time. We were thrilled to have had her. She was amazing.”

‘A League of Their Own’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

O’Donnell appeared in the beloved film alongside Madonna, 63,Geena Davis, Lori Petty Tom HanksThe series was directed by Marshall. Jacobson, 38, is the co-creator of the series. However, the storylines differ within the American Girls Professional Baseball League because topics such as sexuality and racism are more explored.

League of Their Owns DArcy Carden Rosie ODonnell Was Magical Set
Amazon Studios

The Broad City The Good PlaceIn the reimagined series, Carson Shaw and Greta will be played by alums. The costars have been friends for more than a decade, their history and chemistry on screen — alongside costars such as Chanté Adams, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, Melanie Field and Molly Ephraim — is a home run.

Best Movie Makeovers 

“It’s such a strange thing to get all this time together as a team before we started shooting like that. I don’t know in what situation I’ve ever gotten to do that before,” Carden tells UseThe training. “Usually when you meet a cast, it’s often on set or sometimes it’s like the day before at a table read and you have to sort of, like, fake all this chemistry. We had months of playing together, and we also had months of training in the mornings. We became a team and shared our weaknesses and learned how to improve. We relied on each others and leaned upon each other. It was almost like acting was an afterthought. Or, this show was an afterthought. We were like a baseball team that happened upon a show together. It was great. It’s something I can feel. It was so easy to act with them because this was just my team that I had been with for so long.”

League of Their Owns DArcy Carden Rosie ODonnell Was Magical Set
Amazon Studios

Although the series detours away from the movie, Carden can relate to Davis and Petty’s sisters Dottie and Kit.

“I’ve watched it a million times. What’s funny is I definitely thought of myself as a Kit. But I recently watched it a couple weeks ago and I was like, ‘Oh wow. I’m really finding myself relating to Dottie more.’ Which I know happens as we age, we relate to different characters, you know? And I think Abbi is so scrappy and she has some real Kit vibes, but she’s a leader and she can be kind of stoic. It’s funny. I feel like I’m a little bit Kit and a little bit Dottie. And I feel like Abbi’s a little bit Kit and a little bit Dottie. But like the other sides of them,” she says, laughing. “The two of us make up the two of them. There’s someone for everybody in that movie. It’s so exciting to have anything in the world of A League of Their Own [so] getting to do the show is beyond surreal.”

A League of Their OwnPrime Video will premiere the premieres on Friday, August 12.

Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week, the editors of Us breakdown the most important entertainment news stories.
Listen on Google Play Music