Darren Barnet’s ‘Never Have I Ever?’ sudden fame and more

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Darren Barnet, a rising star at Netflix’s center of two Netflix hits: Teen series and Teen series “Never Have I Ever”and rom com “Love Hard.”

“It was interesting, because the show [‘Never Have I Ever’] dropped during Covid, so it wasn’t like I was in many places where I could be recognized,”Barnet, 30 years old, told The Post. 

“But, I went to New York and it was kind of overwhelming…and I recently went to Costa Rica and that showed me how strong the fan base is internationally. It was the first time I felt famous, which was fun but a lot to handle. But I really do love it when fans come up to say hi.”

Darren Barnet as Paxton, a popular jock, talking to Devi (Maitreyi Rajakrishnan). “Never Have I Ever.”ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX

Mindy Kaling co-created it. “Never Have I Ever”Follows Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian American teenage girl who is torn between two boys at high school: Ben (Jaren Lewison), and Paxton Hall-Yoshida, (Barnet). 

“It’s fun getting into the mind of a character like that because he’s the guy that everyone wanted to be in high school,”Barnet. “He’s kind of the opposite of what I was like in high school. I was not a nerd, I’d say I was well-liked, but I was not by any means popular. I was quiet and I was consistently the new kid. I did play sports, I played lacrosse. But our team was atrocious so there are no bragging rights, there!” 

Darren Barnet, the popular jock Paxton “Never Have I Ever.”ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX

“Never Have I Ever”has been renewed for Season 3.

“I don’t think I’m allowed to say [much about it]”He said. “We go into production at the end of the month. The love triangle definitely is remaining strong. It’s all of the drama and comedy with even more to offer.”

“Love Hard”(now streaming), a love triangle is also available, following Natalie (Nina Dobrev). “The Vampire Diaries”), a writer who connects to her perfect match on a dating app, only to meet him and discover that Josh (Jimmy O. Yang) was talking to her using photos of his friend Tag (Barnet).

“Jimmy and Nina were both so easy to play off of,”He said. “I love to improv any chance I get, and they’re in the same lane.”


Barnet’s most prominent roles have been as romantic leads. However, he is also producing and starring the thriller movie. “Apophenia,”he described it as “The Shining” meets “Shutter Island.”

“I welcome it for what it’s worth and I enjoy the ride [of playing a romantic lead],”He said. “But, I’m looking forward to spreading my wings and trying different things.” 

Barnet, a mixed race Asian American male, voiced several animated series for Netflix in addition to his rom-coms. “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles”And “Blue Eye Samurai.”

“I can really thank Mindy Kaling and the show for opening those doors,”He said. “Mindy was the one who highlighted my Japanese heritage on the show. And both animations that I’m doing with Netflix are based in the world of Samurai. It’s really rewarding to do characters like that.” 

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