Daren Kagasoff | Biography 2021
Daren Kagasoff | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Daren Kagasoff
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace California, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Sep 16, 1987
  • Age 33 Years, 9 Months
Cast of 'The Secret Life Of The American Teenager'

Daren Kagasoff | Biography 2021

Actor

Developed by Brenda Hampton, Kagasoff became a well-known and award-winning actor portraying the male protagonist on the acclaimed ABC Family series 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' The one-hour drama centered on the relationships between families and friends and how they dealt with unexpected teen pregnancies. It was his sixth audition, and Kagasoff had never acted before. He went in and read, and he ended up reading for the show's creator five or six more times. It came down to Brenda Hampton, who gave him the part despite the fact the network wasn't for him at the time.


Quick Information
  • Full Name Daren Kagasoff
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace California, USA
  • Profession Actor
  • Birth Date Sep 16, 1987
  • Age 33 Years, 9 Months

Daren Kagasoff is an American actor best known as Ricky Underwood in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Who is Daren Kagasoff?

Daren Kagasoff began his career as the male lead in Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling trilogy, Delirium. He came to the limelight after appearing in the 2008 series The Secret Life of the American teenager, which aired for five years. In 2013, Daren Kagasoff was cast in Ouija, a horror thriller movie based on the Hasbro board game. His upcoming works include Devotion, a Korean War drama movie produced by Black Label Media. 

Early Life

Daren Kagasoff was born in Los Angeles, California, on 16 September 1987, to a wholesale diamond trader and designer parents. Kagasoff has one older brother Justin, and one younger sister Natalie. He went to Montclair Prep. for high school, where he was a baseball team member. Kagasoff was poor with his grades in high school. He used to hide report cards to escape scolding from his father. "I had terrible grades, so I would keep my report card hidden from my father. My mother was also in on it, knowing how enraged he'd be. I would have most likely attended boot camp. I'm not kidding," he said.

After graduating from high school, Kagasoff enrolled at San Francisco State University in 2005 but discontinued after the first semester as he didn't like to study. Instead, Kagasoff chose to take acting classes. After six months of training, he started applying for television and movie roles.

Early Career

Daren started his career as the male lead in Lauren Oliver's New York Times bestselling trilogy, Delirium, adapted for television. The pilot, directed by Rodrigo Garcia for FOX never picked as the series, and it was later aired on Hulu.

The premiere episode of Delirium followed a dystopian society in which love has been rendered forbidden. Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff featured in the pilot.

'The Secret Life of the American teenager.'

Developed by Brenda Hampton, Kagasoff became a well-known and award-winning actor portraying the male protagonist on the acclaimed ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The one-hour drama centered on the relationships between families and friends and how they dealt with unexpected teen pregnancies.

His Character

Kagasoff, who played bad guy Ricky, hoped that viewers would be satisfied with how all the characters' stories conclude. He explained, "It's been five years, and the show has had its ups and downs with relationships and people coming on the show and off the show. Of course, you want the audience to be happy, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make TV exciting."

It was his sixth audition, and Kagasoff had never acted before. He went in and read, and he ended up reading for the show's creator five or six more times. It came down to Brenda Hampton, who gave him the part despite the fact the network wasn't for him at the time. He added, "I was pretty green. It was a pretty substantial character in the show and I don't think they necessarily trusted me with the material, but Brenda did. She fought for me and said she wasn't going to do the show without me, so that's how I got the job. It was basically because of her."

After playing the character for full five seasons for years, Kagasoff grew as an actor. Being on set, in general, helped him mature, and watching other actor's performances was learning to him. He took his profession very seriously that he didn't screw around even after he left the set. It was a five-year hard work for him.

For him, the fondest memory was when Brenda Hampton arrived in an Escalade with a dozen roses to tell him he got the job. He was completely unprepared for her arrival. It had come as a total shock. Another memorable moment was his last episode, which was emotional because everyone knew it was the last time they'd all be together.

'Ouija'

Daren Kagasoff was cast in the 2014 movie Ouija, a horror thriller based on the Hasbro board game. Directed by Stiles White, the movie depicts a group of teenagers playing with an Ouija board when they come into contact with an evil ghost and struggle desperately to close the door they've opened before they meet their doom. Released by Universal Pictures, the movie was a worldwide success, grossing more than $100 million.

Kagasoff played Trevor, an attractive boyfriend who was wary about reaching out to their deceased friend. Cast member Olivia Cooke shared that working with Kagasoff during the movie was fun. She said in an interview, "I think we had a bit too much fun and it was a bit too light, at times. Maybe people got a bit pissed off with us because we were so jovial when we'd come offset and be messing around, especially me and Daren [Kagasoff]. But, it was great how quickly we focused and put our heads in the game."

Nominations and Awards

For starring in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Kagasoff won the 'Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Male' in 2009. He again got nominated in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for the same series and award, but he did not win. He was also a nominee for the 2010 and 2011 'Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Male,' and the 2012 'Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Male and Drama Actor.'

Upcoming Projects

His upcoming project is Devotion, a Korean War drama movie produced by Black Label Media. The cast includes Joe Jonas, Spencer Neville, and Daren Kagasoff, among others.

The project chronicles the story of two U.S. Navy fighter pilots from different worlds, Jesse Brown (played by Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (played by Glen Powell). The movie was based on Adam Makos' best-selling book 'Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice.' According to the published plot, the pilots were assigned to the VF-32 squadron and were pushed to their limits while testing and flying a revolutionary fighter jet type. Their bond was challenged when one of them was shot down inside enemy lines. Thomas Sadoski is set to play the squatter, while Kagasoff plays a teammate who knows Hudner from his childhood.

Net Worth

The net worth of Daren Kagasoff is estimated to be $2 million.

Personal Life

In 2009, Kagasoff spoke to Seventeen Magazine about his high school girlfriend and the lessons he learned while dating her. That two-year romance taught him to "never fall in love in high school because it takes over your brain." He said he didn't care about anything else because he was so obsessed with her. It had been excessive.

Later in 2013, he was linked to Jacqueline Wood, and the two were caught kissing in public, but the couple broke up. Wood married Elan Ruspoli in 2018, according to Soaps.com.

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