In Netflix’s upcoming YA series, “Never Have I Ever,” newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan plays a character based loosely on the teenage years of creator Mindy Kaling, who she says “can do it all.”It’s a good fit for the 17-year-old Canadian actress, who will make her television debut with the April 27 premiere of Kaling and Lang Fisher’s coming-of-age dramedy. Ramakrishnan stars as Devi, a 15-year-old high school sophomore who is a lot more concerned with winning a guy’s heart (Paxton Hall-Yoshida) than she is with dealing her father’s sudden death.Ramakrishnan has been a fan of Kaling’s since she saw her as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” the young actress said, and she became an even bigger one once she learned that Kaling was also a writer on some of the show’s most iconic episodes.Also Read: Everything Is Coming Up Roses for Netflix - But Can It Last? | Podcast“She wears so many hats, and she’s so much more than just a South Asian woman. She’s a writer, she’s an actor, she’s a director, she’s a producer. She can do it all,” she said. “That’s what I love about her. That makes me look up to her.”Ramakrishnan also draws her inspiration from Kaling’s adolescence, as well as her own.“It’s loosely based on [Kaling’s] life, as well as Lang Fisher’s. The experiences that they both shared together went into Devi’s character,” she said. “So within Devi, there’s Lang, there’s Mindy, but then there’s also me. So it’s a mix that then creates something that so many people are gonna relate to all over the world.”Also Read: 'Dead to Me' Season 2 Trailer: Jen and Judy Get a Crash Course in Dead Body Disposal (Video)As much as the show focuses on Devi on the hunt for a boyfriend, though, Ramakrishnan said the show is about a lot more than puppy love.“There’s literally a line when Devi says to Dr. Ryan, her therapist, ‘My life is about boys,'” she said.But the moral of the story “isn’t actually about boys at all. It’s about figuring out that there is more to who we are and our identity. Who you define yourself as is not relying on anybody else but you.”“Never Have I Ever” premieres April 27 on Netflix.Read original story ‘Never Have I Ever’ Star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on Playing a Teenage Version of Mindy Kaling At TheWrap
Netflix has released the trailer for “Never Have I Ever,” the new YA series from Mindy Kaling — and in the words of the main character, Devi, “you better buckle up for some steamy teen romance.”It’s her sophomore year of high school, and the first thing on Devi’s to-do list is to get a boyfriend. But not just any boyfriend – Paxton Hall-Yoshida, the hottest boy in school.The coming of age series premieres April 27.Also Read: Former Netflix Exec Christian Davin Hired as Amazon Studios' Global Head of Movies MarketingHere is the official description from Netflix:“‘Never Have I Ever’ is a new coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars newcomer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.”The series is created and executive produced by “The Office” and “The Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as executive producer, showrunner and writer.The series also stars Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Adam Shapiro, Ramona Young, Darren Barnet and Martin Martinez.In addition to Kaling and Fisher, the Universal Television project is also executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein, David Miner, and Tristram Shapeero.Watch the trailer above.Read original story Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Trailer: ‘Buckle Up for Some Steamy Teen Romance’ (Video) At TheWrap
Oscar producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced the second round of presenters for the awards show which airs on Feb. 9.The diverse group includes Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran and Kristen Wiig.“We’re excited to welcome these talented artists to help celebrate this year’s movies,” said Howell Taylor and Allain. “Each brings their own unique energy and appeal to our global audience.”They join Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali and Regina King, who were announced as the first round of presenters. It’s an Oscars tradition that the acting awards are by last year’s winners.“We love the tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning actors on stage to celebrate the achievements of their peers and are thrilled to welcome back these four great talents,” read a statement from Howell Taylor and Allain.Also Read: Dr Amani Ballour, Subject of Oscar-Nominated 'The Cave,' Receives Heroism Award - But Is Still Barred From USThree of the four actors won their Oscars for playing real-life roles. Malek won Best Actor for his performance as Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” while Colman pulled off a surprise victory for Best Actress for her satirical take on Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.”In the supporting categories, Ali won his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work as jazz musician Dr. Don Shirley in the Best Picture-winning “Green Book,” joining his victory in 2017 for his performance in another Best Picture winner, “Moonlight.” Speaking of “Moonlight,” the director of that film, Barry Jenkins, directed Regina King in her Best Supporting Actress winning performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” She played Sharon Rivers, who fights to get her daughter’s soulmate freed after he is falsely convicted on rape charges.Also Read: Antonio Banderas Believes the Oscars Are Finally 'Becoming a Worldwide Award'The tradition of acting Oscar winners presenting awards a year later has gone back decades but has hit a snag in recent years. Last year’s supporting role winners Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney were not initially asked to present the awards, but were later invited after a tweet from Janney noting the lack of contact from Oscar producers prompted a backlash.In 2018, Best Actor winner Casey Affleck announced that he would not present or even attend the Oscars that year, saying he did not want to distract from the actors being honored. Affleck reached settlements with two women in 2010 who accused him of sexual harassment, accusations that resurfaced both before and after Affleck’s Oscar victory for “Manchester By The Sea.”Read original story 2020 Oscars: Zazie Beetz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mindy Kaling Among Diverse Group of Presenters At TheWrap
Mindy Kaling says that in the early days of “The Office,” she faced discrimination from the Television Academy when the show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.Kaling said in a recent interview with Elle that Television Academy officials told her they were going to cut her name from the show’s list of eligible contenders because there were too many producers listed. She was also a producer, and the only woman of color on the writing staff.“They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself,” she told Elle.Also Read: Alicia Vikander Is Haunted by Her Missing Best Friend in 'Earthquake Bird' Trailer (Video)She did get her name back on the list of eligible contenders, though “The Office” didn’t end up winning that year.The Television Academy declined TheWrap’s request for comment Wednesday, but said in a statement to Variety:No one person was singled out. There was an increasing concern years ago regarding the number of performers and writers seeking producer credits. At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to correctly vet producer eligibility. Every performer/producer and writer/producer was asked to justify their producer credits. We no longer require this justification from performer/producers and writer/producers, but we do continue to vet consulting producer credits with the PGA to ensure those credited are actually functioning in the role as a producer.Kaling addressed the Academy’s response in a tweet Wednesday.“Respectfully, the Academy’s statement doesn’t make any sense. I *was* singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of color. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin'” Kaling said.“I’ve never wanted to bring up that incident because The Office was one of the greatest creative experiences of my life, and who would want to have an adversarial relationship with the Academy, who has the ongoing power to enhance our careers with awards?” she continued in another tweet.“But I worked so hard and it was humiliating. I had written so many episodes, put in so much time in the editing room, just to have the Academy discard it because they couldn’t fathom I was capable of doing it all. Thankfully I was rescued by my friends, the other producers,” she added. “The point is, we shouldn’t have [to] be bailed out because of the kindness [of] our more powerful white male colleagues. Not mentioning it seemed like glossing over my story. This was like ten years ago. Maybe it wouldn’t happen now. But it happened to me.”Later Wednesday evening, Kaling called for an apology from the Academy.“Hey, @TelevisionAcad! I have been a proud member for years. I was the 1st woman of color nominated for writing a comedy script. Why not say “years ago we prevented a deserving woman of color from getting credit for her accomplishments. We’re sorry and it would never happen now,” she tweeted.Kaling shared another story in an interview earlier this year with “Good Morning America” while promoting her film “Late Night.”She and her character in the movie, Molly Patel, have gone through similar things while working in the television industry, she told “GMA.” “Molly had an identical experience as I had when I first started working on ‘The Office,’ where I was the only minority and the only woman to work on the writing staff,” Kaling said.“I remember that so vividly. The nervousness I felt … going into that mostly Harvard room of writers, who had all worked on TV before, and feeling so overwhelmed and being so nervous I was going to get fired every day, for like a year.”Ultimately, her role as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office” shot her to fame, and she went on to become the first woman of color to create, write, and star in a primetime sitcom with “The Mindy Project,” which ran for six seasons on Fox and Hulu. She has an upcoming television series with Netflix called “Never Have I Ever” set to debut in 2020.Read original story Mindy Kaling Says Television Academy Discriminated Against Her During Early Days of ‘The Office’ At TheWrap
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Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey have a lot in common — they’re both successful actors and writers in comedy, they run their own shows, they’re both role models to many young women and men, and they’ve both written memoirs about growing up as clever outsiders. While last night was about promoting Kaling’s second book, Why Not Me?, it was also an intimate, hysterically funny conversation between Fey, Kaling and 800 fans. Kaling didn’t need Fey or anyone else to make an introduction for her — she did it herself via a pre-recorded voiceover video with clips of her work and a shout out to McDonalds where she eats breakfast thrice a week.
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