What is the plot of ‘Never Have I Ever’?
‘Never Have I Ever’ is a coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school student who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.
Who is in the cast of ‘Never Have I Ever?’
‘Never Have I Ever’ stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, Jaren Lewison as Ben, Darren Barnet as Paxton, Poorna Jagannathan as Nalini, Richa Moorjani as Kamala, and Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola, and Ramona Young as Eleanor.
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet and Jaren Lewison about their work on season 4 of ‘Never Have I Ever,’ shooting the final season, their characters, and what they’ll miss most about the show.
You can read the full interview below or click on the video player above to watch our interviews with Ramakrishnan, Barnet, Lewison, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Lee Rodriguez, and Ramona Young.
Moviefone: To begin with, Maitreyi, what was going through your mind when you filmed your final scene for this series?
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan: I think for me, it was like being at your last day of high school or even kindergarten. It was just last day of school vibes. All my life, it has always felt like a very fast day, like the hours were going by so quick and all of that. For some reason, on the last day of filming, time felt slow. It didn’t even feel normal, it just felt slow. I think it’s because unlike the previous times when it was last day of school or whatever, last day of camp, I wasn’t as mature enough to be able to really understand gratitude on such a deep, profound level. Now, on our last day of filming, I felt such overwhelming gratitude that I knew how to also slow myself down, not stress about the clock and see, “Oh my God, we only have two hours left,” and keep ticking down. It was just letting myself be in that moment, listen to all the stories, hear people, and just take in the environment for one last time. Then I bawled my eyes out after they called a series wrap on me.
MF: Darren, how did you feel shooting your final scene for the series?
Darren Barnet: How fast time passes. Especially when you’re in the middle of a season, when you’re in a position like Maitreyi that you’re there every single day for hours and hours and hours. Sometimes, Jaren and I had weeks like that as well. It’s not easy balancing life, it used to get like you’re kind of aching for, “Let’s get through this,” sometimes. But then at the end, I wanted to slow it down as much as I could. It was just a testimony in life. You never know what you have until it’s about to go or going. I think in that moment it all just hit me. This has been a dream.
MF: Jaren, what was hooting the final scene like for you?
Jaren Lewison: My life motto is “remember the feeling,” and that was for me the whole day. I was trying to just remember the feeling of the entire day, of that gratitude, of that profound sense of joy. There was a lot of emotions that day. But we also got to have a little party, we had a long lunch. That was really cool because we got to celebrate with people that weren’t even working that day. There was a DJ, and we were in a dance circle, and there was different food, and it felt like a party. It felt like we were all saying goodbye together. I guess maybe I was ready. I think I had emotionally processed that that was the last day and I just wanted to remember the feeling of every part of it. Then, it hit me later.
MF: Maitreyi, what has it meant to you personally to be a part of this show?
MR: I personally take away, of course, the impact that Devi, as a main lead, brown woman. I take that with such heaviness because it’s such a big impact. I could never even understand fully it’s impact, but I do know that it is big. What excites me is that the impact that ‘Never Have I Ever’ has as a whole in the industry is only pushing for future shows that are just as amazing, if not truly, and more realistically, better. Because we’re only going to get better with our content if we continue to strive in that way for representation that’s authentic and doesn’t shy away from specificity. Because there’s nothing wrong with specificity. That excites me. As a brown woman that really excites me for myself and other underrepresented groups of all different backgrounds and identities.
MF: Jaren, what do you see your character doing in 10 years?
JL: I think Ben is a high-powered attorney. He’s like a trial lawyer or a corporate lawyer or something. He’s trying to work really hard to be a partner at a law firm, probably in New York or something.
MF: Darren, what do you think Paxton will be doing in 10 years?
DB: I can see, Paxton moved to some island and he’s teaching people to surf and skate. Hawaiian shirts all day, but I think that makes sense.
MF: Finally, Maitreyi, where do you see your character in 10 years?
MR: I feel like for Devi, whether it’s a lawyer or some kind of government job, it would definitely be something that helps fight for underdogs and fight for people who need someone to fight for them. I could totally see Devi doing that. Like a public defense lawyer, I could see her doing that. That would be a legitimate path for her. But I also definitely see it being a rocky way to get there. She’s definitely not getting the job straight out of college. That’s not her. She’s going to be unemployed I think for a little bit. Because life’s never easy for her. Life is just never easy for her, and that’s okay, that’s fine. I’m okay with that. She’s so getting fired from so many jobs.