Darren Barnet plays Paxton Hall-Yoshida in Never Have I Ever (Picture: Netflix)
***Warning: The article contains spoilers for season 2 of Never Have I Ever ***
Netflix just dropped the second season of Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s teen drama series Never Have I Ever, but viewers are distracted by the real age of one of the show’s main characters.
The programme sees Maitreyi Ramakrishnan return as Devi Vishwakumar, a teenager torn between two high school crushes – Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) while she grieves the death of her father.
Devi’s best friends, Fabiola Torres (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor Wong (Ramona Young) remain at her side, while also dealing with their own tricky situations as they embark on new relationships.
After some sneaky dating, massive secret revelations, and a whole load of grovelling, Devi ended up in Paxton’s arms in the final episode.
Even though some viewers are loving the show, others are finding themselves distracted by the age gap between actors Darren and Maitreyi.
Paxton is one of the love interests in the show (Picture: Netflix)
The tactors deal with a lot of tricky situations in the show (Picture: Netlfix)
The pair both play 16-year-old high school students, but in real life, their ages are a lot more different.
Darren is actually 30 years old, whereas Maitreyi is 19.
This means Darren is 14 years older than the character he’s playing and is 11 years older than Maitreyi.
Not only are viewers pointing out the fact that it’s unusual that he’s playing a teenager, they’re also saying they feel uncomfortable by the fact that the pair play love interests.
Another person added: ‘Yeah it’s just a bit weird seeing him with Devi bc [sic] she actually looks young.’
‘Dev Patel was born in 1990 and filmed Season 1 of Skins in 2006. Darren Barnet was born in 1991 and filmed Season 2 of Never Have I Ever, in which he plays a teenager, in 2021,’ one person on Twitter pointed out.
‘It’s v creepy that everyone in never have I ever thought it was okay to put 19 year old Maitreyi with a 30 year old dude Darren??? Does no one else see how that’s just not a right age gap?’ wrote another.
Age gap aside, season two ended with quite a few teasing cliffhangers that would hint that Maitreyi and the rest of the cast could be back for another 10 episodes.
Given that the first season was one of Netflix’s most-watched new series’ last year, we’re expecting the latest instalment could enjoy the same success.
Never Have I Ever is available to watch on Netflix.