Never Have I Ever might be a coming-of-age comedy centering on high school students, but don’t mistake all of its cast members for real-life teenagers.
The series stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar, who looks to reinvent herself at school after a year of grieving her late father left her temporarily paralyzed. She makes a play for school heartthrob Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) while keeping up with her academic foil Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).
From creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, Never Have I Ever also tackles Devi’s Indian culture, which she pushes back against to the chagrin of her traditional mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagganathan).
After watching Never Have I Ever season 2, are you wondering which high school characters are actually teenagers and which ones haven’t been in their teens for many years? Find out the real ages of the Never Have I Ever cast here!
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan age
As the star of the series and the central teen, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is the youngest Never Have I Ever cast member and the only actual teenager. Ramakrishnan was born on Dec. 28, 2001, making her 19 years old as of July 2021. At the time of filming season 1, the Canada native was 17 years old. But she will be much older than Devi by the end of 2021 when she turns 20!
Poorna Jagannathan age
Sometimes on teen shows, the parents can be only a few years older than the actors that play their children, making the realism a little skewed. But that’s not the case on Never Have I Ever. Poorna Jagannathan plays Devi’s mother, Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar, and is 48 years old in real life.
Darren Barnet age
You might not be too shocked to hear that the hunky swimmer Paxton Hall-Yoshida isn’t actually played by a 16-year-old. Darren Barnet was born on April 27, 1991, which makes him 30 years old and almost twice Paxton’s age.
Ramona Young age
There’s no doubt that Devi’s best friend Eleanor Wong is definitely wise beyond her years. Ramona Young, who you have also seen in Santa Clarita Diet and Legends of Tomorrow, plays the lovable Eleanor and was born on May 23, 1998, making the actress 23 years old.
Lee Rodriguez age
Rounding out Devi’s trio of besties, Lee Rodriguez plays Fabiola Torres, who struggled with her sexuality in Never Have I Ever season 1 before coming out. According to Famous Birthdays, the newcomer was born on Nov. 28 1999, making her 21 years old and two years older than Ramakrishnan.
Richa Moorjani age
Devi isn’t the only one who struggles with the traditions of her Indian culture. The teenager’s 30-something cousin Kamala, who lives with the Vishwakumar family while studying for her PhD at Caltech, is played by Richa Moorjani. The actress, like Taylor Swift, was born in 1989 and is 32 years old. (It’s worth nothing Moorjani is only two years older than Darren Barnet, who plays a teenager.)
Jaren Lewison age
The second boy in Devi’s complicated love triangle, Ben Gross was once upon a time Devi’s sworn enemy and main academic competition. However, the pair have grown much closer. Jaren Lewison plays Ben and was born on Dec. 9, 2000, making him 20 years old as of July 2021 and one year older than Ramakrishnan.
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