Parents, listen up:This is how to handle adolescence.
On "The Good Place," D'arcy Carden plays Janet, a humanoid AI device with an infinite wealth of knowledge about everything in the universe. But for us mere mortals, life is full of awkward questions and cheek-burning embarrassment. Which means that as parents of four -- three girls and a boy -- Carden's parents had to get creative during critical moments of those would-be humiliating teenage years.
"I remember a family tradition -- I bet it sounds weird, but for us it was sweet. When me or my sisters got our periods, my dad would buy us a bouquet of flowers," Carden recalled to AOL during a recent interview. "I mean, the first time! Not every time!"
It was Carden's mom who orchestrated the gifting, she suspects: "I guess my mom called my dad at work to tell him, and he'd come home with a big bouquet of roses. Which I think is so cute," she said. "Looking back on being a preteen, tehre's so much weirdness and embarrassment, and for your mom and dad to just be like, 'It's all good! Congratulations!' was such a good way of dealing with it."
It's been a few years since that first step into womanhood, but it seemed only fitting that Carden is now spreading the word about Playtex Simply Gentle Glide – simple & reliable tampons – all you need without the extra. She's got an impressive comedy background, so she showed up on set for her Playtex commercial shoot ready to improv -- but it turned out she didn't even have to.
"I think they would've welcomed improv, but I didn't because the script was already so funny to me," Carden said. "I loved the message and the jokes. It was a joyous shoot and everyone was feelin' the comedy. We had a blast!"
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: D'Arcy Carden attends the 2018 NBCUniversal Upfront Presentation at Rockefeller Center on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Actress D'Arcy Carden attends the FYC screening of Universal Television's 'The Good Place' at UCB Sunset Theater on June 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
THE GOOD PLACE -- '2018 For Your Consideration Event' -- Pictured: (l-r) D'Arcy Carden, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 22: D'Arcy Carden attends the Opening Night Of 'Belleville,' presented by Pasadena Playhouse on April 22, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 671 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress D'Arcy Carden during an interview with host Seth Meyers on April 10, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 21: D'Arcy Carden attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO's 'Barry' at NeueHouse Los Angeles on March 21, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: D'Arcy Carden attends Entertainment Weekly's Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Celebration sponsored by Maybelline New York at Chateau Marmont on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: D'Arcy Carden attends the ''Unreal vs. Superstore: Pop Culture Trivia Game Show,' part of Vulture Festival LA Presented by AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 01: D'Arcy Carden attends 'Beyond Hunger: West Meets East' brought to you by NBC Universal and Heifer International at NBC Universal Lot on October 1, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Heifer International )
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: D'Arcy Carden attends the Entertainment Weekly's 2017 Pre-Emmy Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'FYC at UCB' -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Schur, Executive Producer; D'Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Drew Goddard, Executive Producer; Morgan Sackett, Executive Producer -- (Photo by: Daniel Cristol/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: D'Arcy Carden (L) and Kristen Bell attend NBC's 'The Good Place' FYC event held at UCB Sunset Theater on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
THE GOOD PLACE -- 'The Trolley Problem' Episode 206 -- Pictured: D'Arcy Carden as Janet -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Actress D'Arcy Carden attends the Entertainment Weekly Celebration of SAG Award Nominees sponsored by Maybelline New York at Chateau Marmont on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: D'Arcy Carden attends the Vulture Awards Season Party on December 8, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress D?Arcy Carden speaks onstage during the 'Comedy Improv All-Stars Showcase' panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 02: Actress D'Arcy Carden arrives at the 2016 Summer TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour Day 1 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)