Asians are happy to see a lead role of one of their kind in the Netflix series of Never Have I Ever. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is the desi girl to portray the character of Devi Vishwakumar. It is all thanks to Mindy Kaling, who has been inspiring South Asian on screen for almost two decades.
Not to mention, it is her first-ever role in Hollywood or any other place. Still, it is surprising how she was able to do so well for a first-timer. So here are 13 trivia to let you know about Maitreyi Ramakrishnan completely.
7 Things To Know About Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Who Plays Devi Vishwakumar in Never Have I Ever
1. If you ever meet this lady pronounce her name correctly
Before going through any other things, you should probably know how to pronounce her name. It is My-tray-ee. Her full name comprises of 20 letters, and in Tamil culture, the name is pretty long that average in the West world.
In her high school, she used to anglicize her name for the comfortably of others, but now it is fine for her. In an interview, she revealed that “If you can say the character names in Games of Thrones, you can say my Tamil name.”
2. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan belongs to a Tamil Sri Lankan descent
Sources suggest that she was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, by a refugee parent. Later they moved to Canada after the occurrence of civil war in Sri Lanka. Maitreyi is identified as a Tamil-Canadian rather than Sri Lankan due to war.
Considering her education, she has been to Meadowvale Secondary School. Also, she did not accept the proposal to study artwork University in Toronto to pursue her career in acting.
3. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is just 18 years old
Yes, this brilliant actress is only 18 years old and plays the role of Devi, who is three years younger than her. In real life, her love interest Paxton-Hall Yoshida is 12 years older than Maitreyi.
She was born on the 28th of December in 2001, so she is a Capricorn.
4. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan beat 15,000 applicants to receive the role of Devi
During the audition, there were approximately 15,000 applicants who showed interest in playing the character of Devi. That time Maitreyi was just 17 years old. She tape-recorded her audition at a local library with her mom as a camera person.
Before going to Los Angeles for a screen test, they made a couple of videos. Eventually, Mindy Kaling chose her for the role and asked for more videos too.
5. Never Have I Ever Was Her First Tv Show
Well before Never Have I Ever Maitreyi used to play in several school plays, theatre, and more. That is also the reason why she was intrigued by acting. She always liked playing different characters, and it was beautiful how Devi was so relatable as hers in real life.
Moreover, the Netflix series is the first show she has ever been cast in, and she is very excited about the upcoming second season. In an interview, she revealed that her real-life at the age of 15 was totally relatable.
In her school day, she was academically focused, played in and band, and experienced a lot of cringey things. Ramakrishnan revealed in an interview that,
“ I am old enough to be able to look back at how I was when I was 12 and realize how cringey it was at that time. You really question the choices you made in high school and just the general awkward clinginess of it all.”
6. She learned to play harp for the show
As the character Devi had an important hobby to play the harp, Ramakrishnan learned to play the harp just before the show. This 18 years old actress is young, and there are plenty of things to learn for her. In the process, she thought, why not harp?
7. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is active on Instagram
There is no doubt that this lady received love from fans across the world in a matter of time. Within a week, her followers in social media grew from hundreds to thousand and now in a million.
On her social media, she shares her talent, creativity, and what she is up to. You can follow her on Instagram, where she has garnered more than a million fans.
Instagram: 1 million followers