We Just Found Out The Actor Who Plays Paxton In 'Never Have I Ever' Is 29 YO!
Have you watched Never Have I Ever yet? Don’t miss out because it’s a refreshing Netflix teen series you can binge within a day.
The story revolves around Devi, a 15-year-old Indian-American girl who navigates her teenage years while coping with her father's death. We laughed, we cried, and most of all, we fell in love with the whole cast because their stories really represented so many teens out there! Here’s what you need to know about the show and its stars:
1. The series is loosely based on Mindy Kaling's childhood.
In an interview, she mentions that Never Have I Ever was inspired by her childhood and she really wanted a young woman’s perspective to be seen through the show. So, she tapped her friend, comedy producer and writer Lang Fisher, to help develop the series.
Lang considers herself a big fan of coming-of-age stories. As co-creators, Mindy and Lang wanted Never Have I Ever to be authentic enough in casting diverse characters with different stories to tell.
2. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan initially dreamed of becoming an animator.
Then she got more interested in theatre and acting when she reached high school. A friend of hers shared Mindy’s tweet about a casting call for an untitled Netflix show. Little did Maitreyi know that she would land the lead role as Devi Vishwakumar in Never Have I Ever. She sent tapes of her delivering some lines before getting the good news from Mindy and Lang. Lucky girl!
3. Darren Barnet is actually 29 years old IRL!
Yup, our newfound high school heartthrob Paxton Hall-Yoshida is played by 29-year-old actor Darren Barnet. After years of taking on minor roles, he finally got his spotlight as the lead hottie in the show!
Another fun fact is that Never Have I Ever premiered on April 27, which also happened to be Darren’s 29th birthday. NBD!
4. “Yoshida” wasn’t originally part of Paxton’s name.
He was supposed to be known as Paxton Hall only. But Mindy and Lang overheard Darren conversing in Japanese with their assistant director. When they found out that Darren has legit Japanese roots, they decided to make Paxton half-Japanese in the series. Oh, did we mention that he also speaks French and Spanish? What a catch!
5. The actresses who play Eleanor and Fabiola served detention in high school.
It looks like Devi's besties were not as good students as they were in the series! In a round of an actual 'Never Have I Ever' game, the two revealed how they ended up in detention. Lee Rodriguez, who plays Fabiola Torres, once posed as her mom and called in sick because she didn’t want to go to school. Her little act was caught and she got sent to the principal’s office the next day.
Ramona Young, who plays Eleanor Wong, skipped a total of 72 classes just to eat ice cream. WTH? She had to make up for it by serving a month and half detention. Hope the ice cream was really worth the trouble!
6. Jaren Lewison used to be a Barney kid.
Before becoming Devi’s overachieving school nemesis Ben Gross, Jaren started his acting career in kiddie shows like Barney & Friends and also a few Barney movies. Look at how cute he was (well, he still is):
Now he’s all grown-up and just took on his first legit lead role in Never Have I Ever. We’re pretty sure this is a new beginning for him!
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.