MEET MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN, THE CANADIAN ACTRESS WHO WENT FROM PRODUCING A HIGH SCHOOL PLAY TO THE LEAD ROLE IN MINDY KALING’S NEW NETFLIX SERIES

In her first interview since landing the breakout role proves Ramakrishnan is ready to make the spotlight on her meaningful for Tamils everywhere.

Mississauga's Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is the lead in Mindy Kaling's upcoming Netflix series. (Radheyan Simonpillai)

MINDY KALING SHOW STAR MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN TALKS TAMIL-CANADIAN IDENTITY IN FIRST INTERVIEW
“If you can say the character names in Game Of Thrones, you can say my Tamil name.”

Canadians rejoiced in July when Toronto-area teenager Maitreyi Ramakrishnan was announced as the lead on an upcoming Netflix sitcom by comedy juggernaut Mindy Kaling.

Now, there’s a new reason to feel proud: her first interview since landing the breakout role proves Ramakrishnan is ready to make the spotlight on her meaningful for Tamils everywhere.

In conversation with film critic Radheyan Simonpillai for Now Magazine — a Toronto newspaper (points for hometown love) — the 17-year-old actor made it clear: her identity isn’t something she’ll compromise on. Starting with her name. READ MORE


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MINDY KALING AND MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN (CREDIT: STEPHEN LOVEKIN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/TAMIL CANADIAN)

MEET THE TAMIL-CANADIAN STARRING IN MINDY KALING’S NETFLIX SERIES
How Maitreyi Ramakrishnan went from producing a high school play in Mississauga to the lead role in a Hollywood series while proudly representing her culture

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is not planning to shorten her 20-character name for public consumption.

“If you can say the character names in Game Of Thrones, you can say my Tamil name,” explains the Mississauga-born-and-raised teen who has been cast as the lead in Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s upcoming Netflix series.

The 17-year-old self-professed Disney fan is having a Cinderella moment after being cast as Devi, the lead in the untitled comedy show. Ramakrishnan won the part over 15,000 who submitted auditions to Kaling’s open casting call in April. READ MORE


Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, 17, of Mississauga, Ont., beat out 15,000 others for the lead role in a new, unnamed Netflix comedy series being created by Mindy Kaling. (CBC)

‘BE THAT CHANGE’: MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN ON STARRING IN MINDY KALING’S NEW COMEDY
Mississauga, Ont., teen to play overachieving high school student on Netflix

It’s been a busy year for 17-year-old Maitreyi Ramakrishnan so far. In a few short months, she’s appeared in her school’s production of Chicago, graduated high school and beat 15,000 others to snag the central role in Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix comedy series.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” the Mississauga, Ont., teen told CBC News about her new starring role in the as-yet-untitled series.

Inspired by elements of Kaling’s own upbringing, the series is said to be a coming-of-age tale centred on Devi, a modern-day, first-generation Indian-American teen. She’s described as “an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations” — characteristics Ramakrishnan says she sees in herself “a little bit.” READ MORE

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