‘Never Have I Ever’: Paxton Hall Yoshida Is Giving Off Major Jordan Catalano Vibes

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix sequence, Never Have I Ever, facilities round an Indian-American teen named Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her relationship along with her highschool crush, Paxton Hall Yoshida (Darren Barnet). Paxton’s aloof, too-cool-for-school angle is reminding viewers of Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), one other brooding TV heartthrob from the hit ‘90s sequence, My So-Called Life

[Spoiler alert: This article comprises spoilers for Never Have I Ever. ]

Darren Barnet in 'Never Have I Ever'
Darren Barnet in ‘Never Have I Ever’ | Lara Solanki/NETFLIX

Paxton is Devi’s crush in ‘Never Have I Ever’

Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age story that follows Devi, a highschool teen making an attempt to come back to phrases with the latest lack of her father. Living along with her mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) and cousin, Kamala (Richa Moorjani), Devi juggles her Indian household’s expectations with the tempting prospect of being a cool highschool teen. 

But moderately than addressing her pent up grief and ache, Devi turns into obsessive about discovering a boyfriend. She has her eye on the most popular man at school, Paxton Hall Yoshida. And in the future, after being insulted by her nemesis, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), Devi loses her cool and asks Paxton to sleep along with her. 

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Much to her shock, he says sure. But, he isn’t in any respect candy or romantic. In truth, he’s fairly indifferent from her emotionally, and after they try to sleep collectively, it seems like he’s simply fulfilling an settlement. 

Eventually, after a sequence of mishaps and misunderstandings, Paxton begins to come back round. He appears to develop emotions for Devi and kisses her after Ben’s celebration. But Paxton nonetheless has an charisma about him, and it isn’t clear precisely what his intentions are.

What Paxton Hall Yoshida and Jordan Catalano have in widespread

Although it lasted just one season, My So-Called Life was one of the fashionable teen dramas of the ‘90s. Claire Danes performs the lead function of Angela Chase, a highschool scholar who’s coping with all of the emotional curveballs that include being a teen. 

Like Devi, Angela additionally has a crush on one of many hottest boys in her faculty. Played by actor Jared Leto, Jordan Catalano is the highschool’s dangerous boy heartthrob who ultimately realizes how cool Angela is and develops emotions for her.  

Jordan and Paxton could come from two completely different reveals and two completely different a long time, however the characters are quite a bit alike. For starters, they’re each angsty teenagers who aren’t certain about what they need. The two are additionally fashionable at school however don’t accomplish that properly academically.

But probably the most obtrusive similarity between the 2 is that Jordan and Paxton each find yourself falling for robust, whip-smart women, and don’t know easy methods to divulge heart’s contents to them emotionally.

‘Never Have I Ever’ followers level out the similarities

After watching Never Have I Ever, some viewers couldn’t assist however discover how related Jordan and Paxton are. “Paxton jogs my memory of Jordan Catalano and [sic] how he handled Angela in My So-Called Life,” one Twitter user wrote

“Is it just me or is Paxton from #NeverHaveIEver giving off Jordan Catalano vibes?” another viewer tweeted

One fan additionally identified that Ben from Never Have I Ever is quite a bit like one other character from the ‘90s drama. “So in @neverhaveiever Paxton is Jordan Catalano and Ben is Brian from My So-Called Life. Right?!” the viewer suggested in a tweet.

Devi and Paxton’s relationship is simply as sophisticated as Angela and Jordan’s was. But after her kiss with Ben within the finale, it appears like Devi may be headed for a love triangle. Hopefully, if Never Have I Ever returns for season 2, viewers will get to see if Paxton is as candy and caring as Jordan ultimately turned out to be.

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