Maitreyi Ramakrishnan wonders if Devi is a redeemable character in Never Have I Ever

Ellen James|July 17, 2021
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan wonders if Devi is a 'redeemable' character in Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who rose to fame through her blockbuster show Never Have I Ever, says she is very different from her reel role.

As the show has dropped an all-new season this Thursday,Ramakrishnan exclusively spoke to PEOPLE and spoke about her personal opinion on her on-screen character Devi.

"There are definitely times where I truly worry if Devi is a redeemable character," said Ramakrishnan, 19. "Somehow, she's still liked by people. And I'm like, okay, she definitely has made her mistakes. I don't think she should have dated two guys at once. That was a bad idea, as much as it is nice to see the brown girl play two white boys for once. In retrospect, not the best, but that's my silver lining," the star talked about being caught in a love triangle betweenPaxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and her former nemesis, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).

She continued, "For me, when I play [Devi] and do the scenes where I have to do these crazy things that I don't think are the right thing to do but I have to make it convincing, I focus on why Devi's doing them, where is she coming from, where's her head at? Like, what is she thinking about and why does she think this is the right [decision]?"

However, the actor still feels that Devi is growing up and taking mature decisions along the way.

"I will say, despite her constantly 'Devi-ing things up,' she's maturing a little bit," she said.

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