Netflix renewed Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age-comedy series Never Have I Ever for a second season.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan’s Devi Vishwakumar will return as the lead along with Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Lee Rodriguez, and Ramona Young.
Ramakrishnan is new to the acting world and she beat out 15,000 other actors in an open casting call.
The series focuses on the awkward high school experiences of Devi, a first-generation Indian American teenage girl who’s a hardworking high school sophomore with a bit of a temper. Devi deals with coping with her father’s sudden death while searching for love.
“It’s awesome because I’m seeing so many people saying, ‘Oh my God, I can relate to this so much.’ Whether it’s something as simple as one of the arm hair jokes — because let’s be real, even though I’m 100% confident with my arm hair, there are days where I go up to my father and I say, ‘Why did you do this to me? Why can’t you give me anything else?’” Ramakrishnan told Variety.
“Or somebody saying, ‘Thank you, this made me really realize I have some unpacking to do with the loss of a family member’…That’s all I wanted from this show. Emmys for the cast, Emmys for the direction, a Nobel Peace Prize — I’m not opposed — but, in all seriousness, this is all I wanted from the show,” she continued.