Following her breakthrough role as Devi on Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever”, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is expressing the importance of diversity in fueling the creation of the hit Netflix show.
The smash Netflix series, which centres around a group of three best friends during their formative years as they navigate high school, gears up for its fourth and final season. Ramakrishnan reveals the past project that played a part in shaping their beloved show.
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Embodying Devi for three transformative years, Ramakrishnan’s big break became a passion realized. Grateful for the opportunity, she reflected in a recent interview with Netflix’s Tudum: “It showed me what I love to do most in the world, which is acting.”
Describing it as a “trickle effect,” the 21-year-old Canadian actress believes that Netflix’s other smash series, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, had a significant impact on her show’s production regarding South Asian representation.
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“I started to really soak in what Devi meant to other people, what Devi has done as a whole for South Asian representation in a bunch of other different shows — that trickle effect. ‘To All the Boys’ helped ‘Never Have I Ever’ be a thing. It all helps.”
The fourth and final season of “Never Have I Ever” premieres on Netflix on June 8.