We need to see more South Asians take lead roles: Never Have I Ever Season 2 actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan


Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan says the recognition of the young-adult Netflix collection, co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, proves that there’s a rising marketplace for tales with South Asians in lead roles.

Ramakrishnan, a Sri Lankan-Canadian, turned the breakout star of the collection when she beat out competitors from 15,000 others in 2019 to land the character of Devi Vishwakumar, an overachieving Indian-American teenager rising up in Southern California, US, and navigating life as a teen with greatest buddies Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez).

The streamer launched the second season of Never Have I Ever on Thursday.

After a profitable debut, the actor, now 19, mentioned she was initially beneath numerous stress to not let down the followers and creators with season two however finally determined to benefit from the course of.

“I think the reason why people like the show is because we haven’t seen South Asians take the lead role as often as they should. It’s happened before, I’m sure, and most of the time it’s because they make that space for themselves,” she mentioned, citing the instance of present’s co-creator Kaling, who additionally wrote and starred in The Mindy Project and Late Night.

“But that’s not enough. We need more representation and need to see more South Asians take those lead roles because clearly there is a market for it, and a want for it,” Ramakrishnan advised PTI in a Zoom interview.

In the primary season, Devi was proven as a teen with anger points as she grapples with the sudden dying of her father. She is nursing a crush on fellow pupil Paxton Hall Yoshida (Darren Barnett). By the top of the primary season, Devi is caught in a love triangle together with her nemesis at college, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).

In the second season of the collection, narrated by tennis participant John McEnroe, Devi is attempting to double date Ben and Paxton as her mom Dr Nalini (performed by Poorna Jagannathan) prepares to shift base to India.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan mentioned Devi is maturing “just a little bit” within the second season. She tries to be a very good youngster however shouldn’t be at all times profitable.

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Life has modified in numerous methods for Ramakrishnan, however staying together with her dad and mom due to the pandemic has ensured that it’s not too drastic.

“My life has changed in a lot of ways because I’m now doing interviews. That’s something I wouldn’t have done before. But then it’s also stayed the same in other ways, like staying still at home and being with my family, still bothering my dog, and that’s probably because of quarantine. It’s helped me stay true to who I am, which I’m very thankful for.”

The younger star, whose dad and mom migrated to Canada from Sri Lanka, mentioned she would have opted for a theatre diploma had she not landed the present.

She credited her mom for encouraging her to pursue larger research within the arts as she might see “how much I enjoyed acting, directing, writing and just being a part of the creative space”.

The present could revolve round teenagers and college life, however Maitreyi Ramakrishnan believes it resonates with folks of all ages as it’s relatable, humorous, and represents a lot of them.

“It’s slightly different because it’s not necessarily the immigrant story but rather the children of immigrants and that’s what I lived my entire life. I understood the narrative that Devi goes through because that was me. And here’s why I think other people like it, and not just high school kids because it’s really relatable and funny. It’s also a show that hasn’t happened (before). People have been waiting for this representation. They’ve been waiting for this story and see themselves in Devi, even if they’re not 15 or 22,” she mentioned.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has additionally booked her first movie function with The Netherfield Girls, a Netflix romantic comedy.


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