Actress Mindy Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ is a very specific look at high school, one quite different from ‘Euphoria’.
The former star of The Office is a co-creator of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, which just dropped its third season August 12. The show follows Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her pack of eclectic friends as they attempt to navigate high school and adolescence in California’s San Fernando Valley, reports eonline.com.
While the show deals with some tough real world issues, “death, cultural differences, broken hearts,” it’s undeniably more breezy and light-hearted than some of its contemporaries, namely Euphoria.
Mindy Kaling said that’s absolutely by design.
“I love Euphoria and I think (creator) Sam (Levinson) is like a genius. I think he has a lot to say about things like s*x and drug use and addiction and those are incredibly interesting, but we don’t have a ton of experience in that,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I watch that show on the edge of my seat, vicariously, but I feel like nerds lusting over guys is more what we feel comfortable writing about so that’s why we do this. We write about strivers and dorks and people who are underestimated.”
Co-creator Lang Fisher agreed and certainly didn’t beat around the bush.
“Mindy and I are not cool enough to write Euphoria,” she joked.
“I can’t imagine us ever like, ‘Alright now she goes and does heroin.’ We operate pretty succinctly and safely in the TV-14 space, and also we weren’t like Euphoria teens. Mindy and I were goody-goodies who were dorks and maybe each had like half a boyfriend.”
“In the first couple seasons we definitely have seen Devi be a person who is like, aI need to check these boxes to be happy and have the life I want,'” Lang said. “She starts to realise ‘Maybe I’m not the dorky loser that I thought I was and I do have the life I always wanted, right now.'”