11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cast of ‘Never Have I Ever’

11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cast of ‘Never Have I Ever’
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Get to know the cast of “Never Have I Ever”!

In case you missed it, Netflix’s newest teen rom-com series has totally been blowing up lately — and we can totally tell why! The seriously relatable story follows Devi Vishwakumar and her two BFFs, Fabiola Torres and Eleanor Wong, as they struggle to navigate their sophomore year of high school. Along the way, they run into

Real talk: the show is relatable and hilarious, and the star power behind it makes it a must-see show! Keep scrolling to catch 11 fun facts about the cast of “Never Have I Ever”!

 

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1. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (who plays Devi) landing her breakout role was a happy accident! During a recent interview, the 18-year-old actress explained that her friend had sent her the Tweet Mindy Kaling (the show’s co-creator) posted calling for roles, and the two of them filmed self-tape auditions just for fun!

2. Ramona Young (who plays Eleanor) had to serve nearly two months of detention in IRL high school! During a game of ‘never have I ever,’ Ramona hilariously revealed that she skipped 72 classes…to eat ice cream! LOL! In order to graduate she had to do time for her crime and spend a month and a half in detention.

 

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3. Lee Rodriguez (who plays Fabiola) also had to serve a detention! It turns out Ramona and Lee aren’t anything like the live-by-the-law characters they play on screen! During the same conversation, Lee looked back on the hilarious time she pretended to be her mom, called in sick, and totally got busted the next day by her principal.

4. Maitreyi had a real-life high school rival! Just like Devi butts heads with Ben, Maitreyi had her own academic nemesis too. But she says that IRL, they were a little more respectful toward each other than Devi and Ben are on “Never Have I Ever.”

 

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5. Maitreyi, Ramona, and Lee all spent hours learning their TikTok dance! It doesn’t get more relatable than this! If you’ve seen the show, you know that this trio absolutely kills the choreo wearing matching red dresses. But even though they look like total naturals, it actually took them a few hours to get it just right. Same, girls, same!

 

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6. When she was younger, Maitreyi had a huge crush on Harry Potter! While playing a fun game with her cast mates, the talented teen gushed about her love of all things Hogwarts, explained that she used to have serious heart eyes for Harry, and revealed that (like Harry) she’s a Gryffindor all the way!

 

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7. At one point, Paxton’s name was changed! During an interview with Vulture, Mindy Kaling (who might also recognize from “The Office”) said that Darren Barnett‘s ability to speak Japanese was a huge game changer. When she him speak the language, she immediately changed his name from Paxton Hall to Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

8. Darren and Jaren Lewison (who plays Ben) both thought they were auditioning for the same role! It wasn’t until a screen test that they realized they were playing two very different roles. The bae-worthy stars ended up becoming really good friends and staying up late at Universal Studios Horror Nights, they shared in this interview.

 

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9. The whole cast got along immediately! Darren and Jaren weren’t the only ones who formed a seriously special bond. During that same interview, the two looked back on the time the cast first went bowling together to get to know each other, and even shared that on the last day of shooting, all the kids dressed up as the Scooby Doo gang for Halloween Horror Nights!

 

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10. Darren was captain of his high school lacrosse team! Paxton’s not the only athletic one around here. Darren says that he was easily able to relate to his character because in school, people thought of him as just another jock until they got to know him on a more personal level. (Spoiler alert: this. is. literally. the. plot!)

11. Jaren relates to Ben’s academic goals! He sees a lot of himself in his character, especially when it comes to all things school. Did you know that Jaren is currently a student at the University of Southern California?!

 

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