'Never Have I Ever' Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on Nose Rings and Ben Vs. Paxton

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When Is Never have I ever season 2 coming out on Netflix?

“Never Have I Ever” Season 2 premieres Thursday, July 15 on Netflix. IndieWire‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 2 Review: Netflix Series Doesn’t Lose an Ounce of Humor

When Will Never have I ever come out?

Ahead of the release of Never Have I Ever season 2, here's all you need to know to jog your memory of the first season, and what to expect from the follow-up. The sophomore season of Netflix's smash hit coming-of-age drama series, Never Have I Ever, is scheduled to premiere on the platform on 15 July, Thursday. FirstpostBefore Never Have I Ever season 2 premieres on Netfl.. a recap of notable developments from first instalment

How many episodes are there in Never have I ever Season 2?

It would be a disappointment for Devi to go down the same path. Never Have I Ever (Season 2, 10 episodes) is streaming on Netflix. The Washington Post'Never Have I Ever' Season 2 repeats some of Mindy Kaling's worst tendencies

Where can I watch Never have I ever Season 2?

Never Have I Ever seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix. PolygonNever Have I Ever season 2 review: Mindy Kaling’s back with cringe and sincerity

For a while there in Never Have I Ever‘s Season 2 finale, it looks like all of Devi Vishwakumar’s season-long seesawing between potential suitors Ben and Paxton might be for naught.

Ben, deeply hurt by Devi’s attempt to date both boys earlier in the season, is barely talking to her again. Plus, he’s dating her friend, Aneesa. And Paxton, who’d been happy to sneak into Devi’s room for some late-night makeout sessions, publicly rebuffs her invitation to attend the school’s winter dance.

That last one cuts deep, given that Ben witnesses the entire, humiliating interaction in the school hallway. He follows Devi into the girls’ bathroom, where he finds her crying. He pushes aside his hurt feelings to comfort her, telling her that Paxton doesn’t deserve her, and the sweet moment hints that maybe their friendship (and more?) isn’t as destroyed as it seemed.

And when Paxton shows up in Devi’s room later that night, expecting to smooch like nothing has changed, she says no way. After all, he’s clearly embarrassed to be seen with her, right? The answer is yes… but maybe not like you thought. “How am I supposed to publicly be with the girl that cheated on me and ruined my swimming career?,” he asks when pressed, and he kinda has a point. Devi absorbs this but stands her ground: She tells him she can’t be his girlfriend in secret. And when he says they can’t date publicly, that’s that.

So Devi attends the dance with Eleanor, and they hang out until Trent approaches and asks Eleanor to dance. Meanwhile, Fabiola is true to herself by leaving the soiree in order to hang out in the robotics room and return Gears Brosnan to his former glory. Oh, and she and Eve are crowned queen and queen!

Eventually, Devi decides she’s going to leave. And as she steps into the road outside the school, Paxton accidentally hits her with his car! She’s OK — though I’m not sure how — which he ascertains as he hurries to check on her. And guess what? He’s decided he wants to be her boyfriend, in public, in private, wherever.

So they go back into the formal and slow-dance, which doesn’t escape Ben’s attention. As he grouses aloud that Devi has always had her heart set on Paxton, Eleanor overhears and corrects him. “After you took her to Malibu, she wanted to choose you. But Fab and I talked her out of it. Sorry about that. And everything she did to Aneesa? She was jealous, because she thought you were hooking up at the relay. So just for the record, it has not always been him.”

Meanwhile, on the dance floor, Devi says, “So, I guess I’m Paxton Hall-Yoshida’s girlfriend now… I wonder what that’s going to be like.” And as they kiss, Ben watches, crestfallen, from across the room.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan thinks Never Have I Ever can “100 percent” heal people

The A.V. Club 18 July, 2021 - 05:01am

The second season of Never Have I Ever is streaming now on Netflix. You can read our review right here.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan: I’m glad that you said respect to her hustle because I mean, respect her hustle.

It’s definitely, definitely messed up. I can’t agree with Devi on this one. What I like about that is that, as a show with season one going into season two, Devi is not like some crazy mature person. She’s not like, “Okay, trauma’s dealt with. Now, I’m not the 15-year-old mess that I used to be.” She still is. She’s still herself. So that helped contribute to the seamless transition that we see from the first episode of season two onwards, to see that growth happen. In the very next episode, episode two, that’s the first time she listens to her dad’s voicemail and is like, “Okay, I’m going to take active steps to make sure that I’m not just blowing up and I’m not freaking out. I’m going to listen to this voicemail.”

I think a big part of realizing that there are consequences to your actions is seeing the people that you’re hurting. That starts first in season two with Ben and Paxton, these people that she says she cares about so much. When she says that in a confession to them, she genuinely does mean it. She doesn’t know just how to be with both of them. She doesn’t know how to show that affection in a way that is true and genuine that they understand.

MR: I don’t even know about that. It doesn’t matter if it’s like long haul or whatever. My joke that I say is “I’m Team Devi,” and people think I say that only because I don’t want to make a choice. It’s also because Devi’s not. When I was in high school and I dated people… now looking back, I’m like, “Girl, you were not ready for a relationship. You barely thought anything of yourself. You barely respected yourself.” And that’s the case for Devi. She barely respects herself first. She doesn’t like herself. So if you don’t do that, how are you ready for a relationship?

AVC: You told Vogue that Devi doesn’t think she’s a great person, but she still has this confidence and in-your-face attitude. She knows that she’s smart, and she maybe thinks that she’s cool. How do you rectify those two halves together? 

MR: She knows she’s smart. She knows she’s book smart because she got the best grades. She’s got all these awesome grades and assignments. Boom. Great. She’s living it up. She knows she can manipulate her family and manipulate people because she actively knows that she did that in season one. But does she think she’s cool? No, she doesn’t think she’s cool. She tries to cover it up with confidence. That isn’t genuine. We know that because when she confesses she says, “I was just jealous of Aneesa because she’s prettier and cooler than me.” She doesn’t think she’s cool. Of everyone in her life, Devi probably thinks that she’s the lamest and the worst. She would probably rather be anybody else, which is really sad, but honestly real.

I personally have been there where I was that kid in high school. I was very loud, confident, and did a bunch of different activities and extracurriculars. But if I ever had to sit alone with my own thoughts, no way. No way! I had to call someone. I had to always have something going, because the last thing I’d want to do is spend time with myself at that age.

MR: One hundred percent. It can definitely help heal people because film and TV have great power. We influence what becomes normalized in conversations in our day-to-day lives because who doesn’t love talking about what they saw on TV and then evidently reflecting on what they saw on TV? Right. That’s the power that media has, so it definitely can help heal.

The thing is, I feel like when I say that stuff about not wanting to sit with your own thoughts and actually being comfortable with who you are, not actually loving yourself and thinking you’re an awesome person is something that’s definitely normal at that age, like 15. It’s also very normal when you’re in your 20s or 30s or 40s or 50s and onwards. Many people—and it’s a very sad fact not to get too depressive—don’t like themselves. It sucks, but it’s true. And I think with a character like Devi, when we see her be a mess, when you see her break down, we feel that because that is us.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on Never Have I Ever Season 2 and That Season Finale

Collider 18 July, 2021 - 05:01am

Co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, who’s also the showrunner, the Netflix original coming of age comedy series Never Have I Ever follows Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), as she continues to deal with all of the drama at home and in high school. Juggling new romantic relationships with new friends and still trying to channel her rage in a healthier way, Devi definitely makes mistakes but she also learns from them while, at the same time, pushing those around her to want more for themselves.

During this virtual 1-on-1 interview with Collider, which you can both watch and read, Ramakrishnan talked about how wild it is to process the success of the show, what she most connects to with her character, playing someone so full of rage, Devi’s love life in Season 2, designing the perfect dress for the dance, bonding with her cricket costume, what the end of the season could mean going forward, and what she’d like to see in a possible Season 3.

RAMAKRISHNAN: That is still wild to me, that all around the world, people are connecting and resonating and just absolutely being big fans of Never Have I Ever. The Never Have I Ever fandom is very real. But the biggest thing that shocks me is how crazy it is. I can’t possibly process 40 million individual people. That’s a lot of people. So, it’s pretty awesome to just hear all the feedback from around the world, which I haven’t even been around the world. I don’t know many people that have done all of those countries, but it’s really cool. The translate button on all social media apps is amazing.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Honestly, the thing I connect most with is Devi’s story, and this is actually more about Season 2. She wants to be this person that is good, but she’s really struggling. She’s trying, but it’s not working out. She’s not trying to hurt people. That’s something I definitely related to when I was younger. And now, in general, I’m always trying to be perfect, whether it comes to work or being a perfect family member or friend. Having that pressure, when it doesn’t work out, you really overthink it. You freak out about it and you don’t understand necessarily why things are happening and you have a little meltdown at the end.

RAMAKRISHNAN: It’s so fun to find her emotional levels. When we film, we love to vary it up. I guarantee you, there are some takes of some scenes where Devi is hotter than you could even imagine. And then, sometimes she’s like, “Oh, okay, whatever.” In Season 1, there was a lot more rage throughout, but it was a little too much, so we were like, Devi, you’re here. Take it down here, right now.” It is fun to play around with those levels. I’m so thankful for all the directors, writers and, of course, (co-creators) Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, for always letting me play around with those levels.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Hear me out. The relationship between McEnroe and Devi is because their common connection is the rage. When she rages, he gets fired up too and they really get it. If I were to ask someone, I also would want someone I know because they’ve gotta know me a little. I would probably ask Mindy because I think Mindy and I understand each other a lot. We’re two very separate people with two different personalities, just like John McEnroe and Devi, but we both understand always wanting to like go out and just seize the day, and always work hard. Even when things might not work out our way, we just wanna keep going and not take no for an answer. So, I think that would be really cool. And also, Mindy is basically like a mentor to me, so that would make sense. She would tell me, “Maitreyi, no, no, no. Stop, stop, stop.” I think that’d be really, really funny.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Is it bad to say that I predicted that. This is Devi. As John McEnroe says, this decision required very little thought. And she’s a very smart girl, in certain aspects. In other aspects, not so much. So, yeah, honestly, it was like, “Okay, all right, we’re doing this. Let’s see where this goes and let’s see how quickly Devi messes this up,” because obviously she’s going to.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Test the waters. I don’t even know because I don’t feel like I would be in that position, where I had two guys like me, or I liked two guys. I would probably just be in the position of no guys, no people, no people at all, anyone, because love is dead in 2021.

RAMAKRISHNAN: It’s so fun when it’s a scene of Darren [Barnet] or Jaren [Lewison] because they’re just great scene partners. But I like to remind myself that this is a 15-year-old girl. She’s trying to figure out what she likes. So, it actually makes a lot of sense that she’s 100% comfortable kissing these guys, but without any reflection as to, “Wait, maybe I should think about what I’m doing and I shouldn’t just kiss him. Instead, maybe I should stop him and say, ‘Whoa, Ben, wait. I think we should break up.’” Imagine if she interjected in that conversation and just said, “Hey, Ben, really great that you broke up with Shira and really great that you’re eating with your parents now, but we’ve gotta break up.” Or if she went to Paxton and just said, “No, you didn’t show me a real date. You lost your chance, bud. Bye.” that would have been cool. It would have made for a short season though, so here we are.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Of course. Yeah, of course. Of course! We love the drama.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Oh, one hundred percent. I will say though, with that shot, when I watched the screeners of Season 2, what was really cool and I didn’t notice it while reading the scripts and filming, was that when Devi blows up at Paxton and says, “I can’t hold your hand forever.” And then, when she goes to apologize, Paxton says, “I wouldn’t want you to hold my hand.” They’re beefing and fighting about that. And then, it’s like, ha ha ha, the joke’s on you. Look at you two, holding hands! I’m not Team Paxton, but I’m just saying, the irony is really funny. I love a good bit of irony. There is a little pressure because we wanted to make sure it was perfect, but it’s not that much because the writers, the directors, and the creative team have honestly got it all on lock. The costumes were perfectly set. We’ve got the hair and make-up. Everyone looks great. The writing is just nice and romantic, yet funny. The director had the right positioning. The DP had great lighting. Of course, the editing with sound and that song from Sam Smith, “Love Goes,” is probably my favorite from Season 2. I listen to that on repeat a lot. But with all of that combined, you’re pretty set.

RAMAKRISHNAN: That was actually the only dress I tried on, and we just knew right away that it was the one. There are these little crystals on it, so that it would shine in the light, but those crystals weren’t on it. Thank you to the amazing costume team that we have on Never Have I Ever because they sewed every single crystal on that dress by hand. Salvador Pérez, who was the head of the costume department, did a great job, honestly. It was so cool to see that dress come to life. It was actually also a long dress. It was a gown with a little train. But then, we were like, “Okay, we’re gonna cut it. We’re gonna go for more of a ‘60s style. We’ll put an underskirt to poof it out.” We really just made it our own. It was really cool.

RAMAKRISHNAN: We read the scripts as they come through, so we all take it step by step, as we film. It made sense. I remember when we were filming the actual scene, with that moment where she gets yeeted by the car, we really do come full circle about that. We talked about the fact that Paxton now finally realizes that Devi is that person that believes in him and that doesn’t think he’s dumb, but also calls him out when he needs to be called out about the fact that he doesn’t try and he needs to try harder. He needs to be better. He’s not pushing himself enough because he doesn’t believe in himself. So, with all of that combined, of course, he was hurt by Devi’s actions, but when he gets a moment to sit down and realize, “Devi’s actually there for me, sometimes more than I am for myself,” which is a little bit of a problem. You really should be there for yourself, first and foremost. It makes sense when he does eventually come to the dance. Also, who doesn’t like a good dance? That makes logical sense. He’s 16. He’s in high school. Go and live it up.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Yeah. I don’t know where we’re gonna take it because I have no idea what shenanigans Devi is gonna get up to. I could not have predicted myself being in a cricket costume this season. That was me doing that dance. No stunt double. So, I have no idea where that’s gonna go, but I think it’ll be really cool to see what Devi is like in a relationship that’s a real relationship.

RAMAKRISHNAN: I loved the cricket costume so much. I bonded with the sweat that came out of me while dancing in that because there were no fans. It was real hot.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Oh, I went all in. Some people on set were like, “Why didn’t you get a body double to do this? What are you doing?” And I was like, “No, I’m gonna do this. If anyone tells me after that it wasn’t me, no way.” It was a whole thing. We had to like practice a lot – myself, Ramona [Young] and Lee [Rodriguez], for their cheerleader bit. We practiced first, regular with no costumes, and then with just the head on, and then with the whole thing. We did it step by step.

RAMAKRISHNAN: Yeah. She’s a 15-year-old kid that has the whole world in front of her. She’s got a lot that she can explore. I think it’d be really cool to maybe see more of her interests and see more of the journey that she takes, or the new people that she might meet. Of course, everyone loves good relationship drama, but also the journey that she takes with her friends. I think those are all really cool aspects that could happen.

RAMAKRISHNAN: There were lots of masks. That’s number one. There were lots of half-faces. With all of the COVID protocols, which was the reason why we could film, it did make it a little different when it came to cast and crew bonding, being able to talk to each other as often, and just enjoy each other’s company. A big part of what makes set so great, and personally my favorite part of the day, is lunch, when we get to all sit and eat together, but we couldn’t do that. I would say that’s probably the biggest difference.

RAMAKRISHNAN: I’m a little more confident with my skills. Just like Devi has grown up a smidge, I’m a little bit more confident that I’m not a trash actor. That is definitely a difference from Season 1 to Season 2. But it still came with nerves and the pressure of, “Okay, you have to really nail it this season. You don’t wanna let anyone down.”

Never Have I Ever is available to stream at Netflix.

Will There Be a "Never Have I Ever" Season 3?

Seventeen.com 27 April, 2020 - 01:05pm

Will there be a season 3?

After the whirlwind that was seasons 1 and 2 of Never Have I Ever, you're probably itching to see what happens next on Netflix's hit YA series. We left off with 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar *finally* moving up in the romance department, her BFFs Eleanor and Fabiola navigating relationships of their own, and Paxton Hall-Yoshida getting his grades up. But, that's not even half of it — with new characters introduced in the NHIE universe, there's no telling what'll happen next.

After that ending, fans have tons of questions about the fate of the Sherman Oaks squad. So, will we get to find out what happens in another season, or will we be left hanging forever? Here are all our big questions and everything you need to know about season three of Never Have I Ever.

After watching things heat up between Devi, Ben and Paxton (a.k.a Bevaxton) last season, fans are itching for another season of Never Have I Ever. The intensity of their love triangle brought on serious drama, and it still looks like there will be more because of Ben's reaction to Paxton and Devi at the winter dance. Although there are still stories to be told, there's no word yet on whether Netflix has greenlit NHIE for another season.

Never Have I Ever's current cast will most likely be coming back for a third season if it happens. Newcomer Megan Suri will probably be on season 3 since Aneesa ended up staying at Sherman Oaks. Who knows? There might be major plot points planned for her character if season 3 happens. Additional casting details are likely to be shared at a later date, and you bet we'll be on the lookout.

Based on where we left off, it looks like the Bevaxton love triangle isn't over just yet. Although Ben is now dating Aneesa, he still seems to feel some type of way about Devi after seeing her at the winter dance with Paxton.

Plus, Devi is still trying to figure out who she is and how to deal with the loss of her late father. There's a lot more to explore with the Sherman Oaks squad, so the possibilities are endless.

Since the show hasn't officially signed on for a third season, there's no telling when it'll release. However, if we base it on the timing between the first two seasons, we might be able to expect it on Netflix in spring or summer 2022.

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