'Never Have I Ever' Season 2: Devi and Paxton — Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

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Does Devi end up with Paxton?

When the show returned on Thursday, audiences saw Devi navigate her feelings for popular jock Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and her former nemesis Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison). By the season finale, the story was officially brought full circle and she ultimately chose Paxton over Ben. PEOPLE.comWhat Never Have I Ever's Season 2 Finale Means for Devi's Romantic Future: 'So Much to Explore'

Is there going to be a season three of Never Have I Ever on Netflix?

Will there be a season 3 of Never Have I Ever? As the second season reaches Netflix's Top 10, the streaming service has yet to renew the quirky teenage dramedy for a third chapter. Still, that's no reason to fret. ELLE.com'Never Have I Ever' Season 3 Release Date, News, Cast, Spoilers, Trailer

There comes a point in many women’s lives when it doesn’t matter how dreamy the hair, how chiseled the abs or how charmingly oblivious a dude seems to be: If he’s keeping you a secret, he definitely doesn’t deserve you.

Devi Vishwakumar comes to that realization in Episode 9 of Never Have I Ever‘s sophomore season, in which she informs Paxton Hall-Yoshida that if he doesn’t want to be her boyfriend in public, he no longer gets to make out with her in private.

When TVLine spoke with series star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, we wondered whether Devi would have had the wherewithal to send the popular swim-team stud packing. “Definitely not!” she said. “I actually really love that scene, because to me, that’s the first time Devi stands up for herself and really sticks her ground.”

Devi’s declaration, of course, leads to more heartache. Paxton says his hesitation stems from not wanting to look like a fool by openly dating the girl who two-timed him with Ben, then hit him with a car and ended his swim career. And Devi understands, but reiterates that he’s going to have to stop sneaking into her bedroom after dark, as well then. (Read a full recap of the finale.)

“There are many times where Devi can be too nervous to say what’s on her mind, though she is a very confident girl in other ways,” Ramakrishnan added. “But here is the first time we’re seeing her stand her ground and saying, ‘OK, you know what? This is not going to work out. I’m sorry.'” She laughs. “Just like [series narrator] John McEnroe says, ‘I’m proud of the kid!'”

If you watched Season 2’s final episode, you know that Paxton eventually has a change of heart and shows up at the winter formal, where he makes it clear to the entire school that Devi is his girlfriend. For the record, Ramakrishnan says, she had no clue how Devi’s romantic hijinks were going to play out (“We only know a little bit in advance”) — but what she likes best about the finale’s big dance scene has nothing to do with Ben and/or Paxton and everything to do with Devi’s friendship with Fabiola and Eleanor.

“My favorite thing about that is when the three girls are together, because they’re just enjoying each other’s company,” she said.

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'Never Have I Ever': Mindy Kaling, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan break down that Season 2 love triangle

USA TODAY 20 July, 2021 - 02:01am

Every show needs its Bennifer or Brangelina.

After an unsuccessful attempt to secretly date them both, undaunted teen Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) finally chooses between the brainy Ben (Jaren Lewison) and dreamboat Paxton (Darren Barnet) in the Season 2 finale of "Never Have I Ever" (now streaming on Netflix). Despite their hooking up in private, Paxton refuses to make his relationship with Devi official. That is, until their high school college counselor (Alexandra Billings) assures him that the unlikely couple actually make a great team, given Devi's help in his raising his grades through tutoring.

In an inspired bit of rom-com high jinks, Paxton accidentally hits Devi with his car as he comes to the school dance to ask her to be his girlfriend. Lovestruck and concussion-free, Devi walks back into the dance arm in arm with Paxton, much to the surprise of their classmates – including Ben, who still has feelings for Devi, even though he's dating her new friend Aneesa (Megan Suri).

Ramakrishnan, 19, already has a couple name in mind for Devi and her new beau.

"It's Daxton, right?" Ramakrishnan says. Devi choosing Paxton makes sense, because she "has been after this guy (since) the dawn of time. She's also just a teen who's still trying to figure out what she likes. She's not now some miraculously secure person that's going to be the best girlfriend. We have no idea what that's going to be like for her."

Mindy Kaling, 42, co-created "Never Have I Ever" with Lang Fisher, and the series is loosely inspired by "The Office" alum's childhood as an Indian-American.

With its heightened emotions and eleventh-hour suggestion that Ben might've stood a chance with Devi, the season finale "reminded me of 'Can't Hardly Wait' and a bunch of '90s high-school romantic comedies," Kaling says. "It kind of captured that vibe to me."

Kaling and Ramakrishnan discuss the Season 2 finale, favorite jokes and last-minute addition of model Gigi Hadid, who replaced Chrissy Teigen as the narrator of one episode following accusations of cyberbullying in May. (Tennis star John McEnroe is the show's sardonic primary narrator.)

Mindy Kaling: In the first season, we had an episode where we got to see the interior life of Ben Gross, with an Andy Samberg-narrated episode. We thought, in order to make this a fair fight, we need to learn more about Paxton, besides his hot body and pretty face. So that's why we did the episode where he finds out more about his own family's life and his grandfather's (experience) in (Japanese) internment camps. I think knowing some of his pain and why he makes some decisions and feels underestimated made it so that you three-dimensionalized both characters and you're rooting for both (Paxton and Ben).

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan: They're both really good characters on their own that we get to see through Devi's eyes and appreciate that they're more than just the nerd and the hot guy.

Kaling: She's obviously an incredibly famous model and someone who people think of in a certain way because of the way she walks on the catwalk or who she's dating or who her family is. Being gorgeous and underestimated just felt like a funny thing; plus she is a joy to work with and was a fan of the show. So we felt excited and blessed that she wanted to do it.

Ramakrishnan: At the end of Season 1, she started to confront her grief. It doesn't go away magically, because that's not realistic. We've reached that breaking point where Devi has tried listening to her father's voice, and now that's not really working. She's tried getting his advice to apologize (to people), but she didn't necessarily get that right. And now she sees him in her dream and she's wanting to be perfect. She's definitely able to make her mistakes, she is a bit of a mess, but she is, deep down, a really good kid. She doesn't want to disappoint anyone.

Ramakrishnan: Ben was really hurt by Devi's actions in the beginning. But I do think the friendship between Ben and Devi is really sweet. There is a lot to unpack there and we do love the drama, so that's always on the table (going forward).

Kaling: There's lots of different kinds of chemistry. You have the undeniable chemistry of a soaking wet, handsome man (like Paxton) who enters your bedroom and looks into your eyes. But then also the chemistry of people who just have really good timing and repartee, which I think (Ben and Devi) have.

Kaling: I really like when we're reminded that Devi's a good student. There's this one line when Paxton comes in soaking wet and (John) McEnroe says, "Had he used well instead of good?" It was like, yes, that's great! Your character does admire people who are smart and judges people who aren't, because she's so bright herself.

Season 2 of Never Have I Ever is streaming on Netflix

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