If you don't know Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's name, you will be watching the Netflix show I have never. The 18-year-old Canadian actress plays Devi, a first generation South Asian-American teen who grapples with youth struggles. A year ago she was a regular high school herself. In fact, the show, which premiered on April 27, marks Ramakrishnan's very first role on the screen. While Ramakrishnan originally had plans to go to university and graduate from the theater, that changed when Mindy Kaling released a casting call for her new show on social media. After sending in her audition, the young star hit 15,000 actresses for the lead role.
"I was so shocked," Ramakrishnan told POPSUGAR about booking the role. "First of all, I think: & # 39; Mindy Kaling is calling me? & # 39; It wasn't like I got an email or contract, they just called me on the phone to tell me. That so it was pretty amazing. "
"I always really looked up to [Mindy Kaling] because she wears so many hats."
An avid fan of The officeRamakrishnan was more than keen to work with Kaling. "I became a fan of Mindy Kaling when I found out that she wrote so many episodes of The officeIt's my favorite show, "she said." I always really looked up to her because she wears so many hats. She does so many things, has so many skills, and really knows how to have her space and make her mark. It was really cool to meet her and then work with her. Because you realize that she is so successful and has such strong skills, but she is a grounded person and just down to earth and actually creates an amazing environment where actors can play, try new things and feel respected. "
While the show is loosely based on Kaling's life, the character of Devi was also inspired by Ramakrishnan. "[Devi's character is] Mindy and Lang [Fisher] share the experience of growing up and the similarities that they have between their childhoods, but once they occupied me, I was encouraged by both to focus on the character and how I got involved with Devi is really a mix of Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, "she said.
Ultimately, Ramakrishnan hopes that her role will inspire even more representation in Hollywood. "I am overjoyed to be part of historical productions that create space for different roles of ethnicities, sexualities and all the identities in between," she said. "We are a long way from reaching a final destination, but it is nice to know that I can be part of this journey and continue to push it forward."