Warning: the upcoming season 2 of Never Have I Ever.
Part 2 of Mindy Kaling‘s hit comedy I have never fell in Netflix, with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan back as Devi Vishwakumar, a teenager torn between two high school loves – Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).
Devi’s best friends, Fabiola Torres (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor Wong (Ramona Young), be by her side to offer some much-needed words of wisdom, and work through their own predicaments as they embark on new relationships.
Lee, 21 years old, recently spoke with Metro.co.uk about serious issues addressed on the show, including the topic of toxic relationships, that Eleanor experienced when she started dating her ex. Disney actor Malcolm (Tyler Alvarez), who treats her disrespectfully.
Lee admitted that she ‘didn’t expect’ Eleanor’s plot to play out the way it did, as she was surprised at how ‘malicious’ Malcolm was towards her.
‘I feel like Eleanor definitely deserves the love and at the end of season two you’ll see her and Trent [Benjamin Norris] at the dance and so I hope something comes out of that. I feel it’s just… no one expected it and I’m here for it, she said.
“I think it’s important to shed light on what toxic relationships look like,” the actor continued.
“And also her moment of realization was ‘I deserve to be with someone who treats me like a star,’ and so I thought the plot was unexpected and I really loved it.”
Lee expressed hope that those who watch Never Have I Ever ‘can relate to the plot of at least one character, because I feel like every storyline says something really important’.
“Whether it’s mental health – I feel like Devi’s storyline says a lot about her mental health and a lot about learning from her mistakes, and I feel like that’s true. importance,” she said.
‘Fabiola’s is about being true to who you are, and Eleanor is also about choosing yourself and getting out of toxic relationships, and Kamala’s [Richa Moorjani] is about women’s empowerment. So there are a lot of great storylines. I hope that the audience can take something away from at least one character.
At the end of Never Have I Ever season two, Devi tells Paxton that although she understands that she has hurt him by dating Ben and behind his back, she will not accept being friends anyone’s secret girl.
Arriving at dance school alone, after being rejected by Paxton in front of his school friends, Paxton showed up at the last minute and the couple kissed as they made their relationship public on the dance floor.
Ben expressed displeasure upon catching them, as Eleanor explained to him that Devi had originally wanted to choose him to date, but she and Fabiola had spoken to her.
So now that Devi and Paxton are officially an entry, who does Lee want to see the protagonist end up with?
“I feel like right now, I think I’d like to see her relationship with Paxton work,” the actor said, describing himself as ‘Team Paxton’.
“I feel like Ben realized what he lost when she really ended up with Paxton, and I like Paxton and Devi together right now because he came to her in his own way. “
While a third season of the hit Netflix series is yet to be confirmed, we’re quick to bet that this love triangle isn’t going away anytime soon.
Never Have I Ever is available to watch on Netflix.
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