NEVER HAD SHE EVER BEEN ON SCREEN BUT CANADIAN TEEN SHINES IN NEW MINDY KALING COMEDY

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan cast with no professional acting experience from 15,000 hopefuls

She’s starring in a teen comedy series on Netflix — well-timed for quarantine life during the pandemic — and counts actress Mindy Kaling among her mentors.

Mississauga, Ont.-born Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, 18, catapulted into Hollywood after being hand-picked last year by Kaling, known for her roles on The Office and Late Night. Ramakrishnan had responded to an open casting call on social media to star in Kaling’s new comedy series, Never Have I Ever.

The series, which debuts Monday on Netflix, is already garnering early acclaim from critics and promises binge-worthy entertainment for young people stuck at home and eager for vicarious high school antics.

After seeing the initial video that Ramakrishnan sent in for fun, shot by her best friend at their community library, “because neither of us had, like, a nice blank wall” — producers wanted to see more.

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