Glorious Broad #2: Janis Dardaris

Photos by Leah Runyon

Photos by Leah Runyon



GLORIOUS PERSONA: A No Bullshit Glorious Broad

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Brutally Frank, Hilarious, Poetic, Profound


Getting older – it’s the freedom to say that I own myself – I am who I am and this is IT. I am not sure if I had it in my 40s but I definitely got it in my 50s. 50s are great.

GB: I was at a reading for a friend’s play when I spotted this glorious lioness across the crowded room… pepper and salt mane…all rough glamor… ”Some Enchanted Evening” all over again...except I’m straight. WHO IS THAT WOMAN!!???

Well, the after theatre party and a few vodkas kicked in and I forgot about her – until I jumped into the elevator to return home. Who was my sole companion??? The lioness. It was the middle of winter – but she had a bike and a ‘tude to convince me we were in the middle of a summer heat wave. I’m a biker, I love heat and the deal was sealed.

 I call Janis’s face exotic. She calls it “RBF: Resting Bitch Face.” That ”look” has got her into a heap of trouble – and won her a lot of demanding roles. Big surprise: she’s an actress.

Rest assured, my RBF girlfriend knocked me out from the first cocktails we shared in New York City’s theatre district. Way impressed by her brutally frank, hilarious attitude, GB  shares an embarrassment of riches – from sex to acting to aging – from our ‘no bullshit’ Glorious Broad…Janis Dedaris…


“When I first got into acting – that’s the last thing any parent wants their child to do – and I said: fuck it, I’m doin’ it. And I had blinders on for 45 years.”

“You know that thing that George Bernard Shaw said: youth is wasted on the young? I don’t agree. When you’re young, youth is all you have. The passion of youth. The beauty of youth. I was so uncertain. That’s why I put the blinders on. Now my blinders are off and I’m...aaaaaaaaaaah... this is such a better time of life.”

“I basically don’t give a shit about what people think of me. The people I care about I do. But in general  –  I’m not worried about the stuff I used to worry about. I can be more vulnerable then I used to be. I used to have this tough exterior and I wouldn’t let them see my vulnerability. That’s changed.”

“It would be really dangerous – too dangerous – if we were as smart as we are now and as self accepting – and we looked like we did when we were in our 30s. I think the world would blow up. Or, maybe it wouldn’t...”

“I have never been attracted to a normal guy – but – I don’t think that I am very attracted to normalcy. It makes me bored. I always say: beat me, do anything but – don’t bore me. I was completely helpless in the face of boredom.“

Sometimes I think about – am I gonna want to have sex in my 90s? Just because – I want to still be a life force

“There is such a thing as karma. I learned that you do wrong things and it will come back to you. Karma is a real thing. I never believed it. You take from the universe and don’t give back – it is what you will sow. I am learning that. Through Buddhism.”

“Aging gracefully: mind your own business. Whose saying this: aging gracefully  – as opposed to getting your face hacked away at??? I’ve never been a particularly graceful person. I mean, I age the way I age and I accept it. I don’t like the feels like I will have to keep my mouth shut and be quiet...and wise. But no. Fuck that. We have as much passion as we ever did. And I have even more opinions.

Let’s age with a sense of humor, a sense of irony…and generosity.”

GB: now that sounds like aging GLORIOUSLY, girlfriend!

Janis Dardaris, Actress, Acting Coach, was named a Philadelphia legend in Thomas Nickel’s book “Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia.” Nickels spelled her last name wrong on page 57. Janis thinks the misspelling’s kinda funny...and is simply honored to be in the book.