‘Never Have I Ever’: What Was Star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in Before the Netflix Hit?

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘Never Have I Ever’: What Was Star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in Before the Netflix Hit?

Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has made an enormous splash within the lead function of high-school pupil Devi within the Netflix hit. The younger actress, capturing the angst of life as a teen, has additionally captured the imaginations of tens of millions of viewers within the Mindy Kaling manufacturing.

'Never Have I Ever' star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
‘Never Have I Ever’ star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan | Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

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The actress is a pure in her function of a teen reeling from the dying of her father, adapting to life along with her mom, amid all the traditional teen-age minefields.

Here’s what she was doing previous to Never Have I Ever.

Her roles earlier than Devi on ‘Never Have I Ever’

Ramakrishnan was an unknown actress earlier than she beat out 15,000 others for the function of Desi within the Netflix binge-worthy present. The 18-year-old was a high-school pupil when she was forged within the function.

Her roles earlier than Never Have I Ever have been restricted to the highschool stage, which makes her having been chosen by Kaling for the present much more spectacular.

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She knew she wished to be an actress when she was forged within the musical, Chicago, in her senior 12 months.

“I think that happened when I was in Grade 12 and it came to the decision point of picking a university,” she informed a Canadian information outlet in Apr. 2020. “I was like, if I could do this for the rest of my life, I would be one happy kid.”

Although she had plans to check theater in faculty, life had different plans when she heard about Kaling’s casting name.

The Canadian citizen informed Pop Sugar in Apr. 2020 that the character of Devi was a mix of Kaling and present creator Lang Fisher’s experiences as youngsters. Once she was chosen, nevertheless, they informed her to make the function her personal.

“[O]nce casting me,” she stated, “I was encouraged by both of them to bring myself to the character and how I went through high school. So Devi is really a mix between Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.”

The actress on representing the Asian Indian neighborhood

Asked by NPR this week if it was an uncommon expertise to be a lead South Asian character, Ramakrishnan enthusiastically agreed. For essentially the most half, “brown” characters, whether or not they be Indian, Chinese, or Hispanic, hardly ever are in a lead function in a serious collection.

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“Yeah, for sure, because usually South Asian characters are seen as sidekicks. Or, you know, our stories are being portrayed as, like, a side story. And that makes us feel that we have to live in the shadows and that we don’t get to be in the spotlight.”

“And, you know, sure, Devi is one story of the South Asian community. But it’s definitely a step forward to bring South Asian stories to light, which I think is awesome.”

Working with Kaling has been ‘like, wow, Mindy’

To hear the actress inform it, it’s been a surreal expertise working with the previous member of The Office collection. Mindy Kaling has been an idol for the youthful actress and to now work beside her is actually a dream come true.

“I always had a bunch of respect for Mindy before this,” she stated in her dialog with NPR, “but now it’s, like, times a million because, you know, like you said, sometimes she’s the only woman of color in the room, and now that’s not as much of the case because slowly but surely, we’re bringing in diversity.”

“We still have ways to go. But just I think back, like, wow, Mindy. Like, you’ve really come far. And that’s just such an amazing thing. And she has so much of my respect.”

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