Maitreyi Ramakrishnan can sum up her feelings about meeting Mindy Kaling for the first time in a singular word: "whoa." Which also happens to perfectly describe the whirlwind story that led to Ramakrishnan being cast as the lead in Kaling's Netflix comedy series, Never Have I Ever. It all started with a tweet — Kaling announcing her open-call auditions for the upcoming series — which led to the then 17-year-old recording her audition with a friend and sending it in for fun. With zero television experience under her belt, she beat out 15,000 others to take on the role of a lifetime, all with the guidance of the queen of comedy herself, Kaling.
After the global success of the first season, fans now get to dive back into Devi’s world with season two of Never Have I Ever. Because we can’t get enough of the powerful mentor and mentee duo, we sat down with Kaling and Ramakrishnan to compare their very own real-life coming-of-age moments — from their experiences driving in their very first cars to music that makes them feel 16 again.