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‘Shoutout to Shrek’: Cast of ‘Never Have I Ever’ S3 break down their onion-like, layered characters

  • Mindy Kaling’s pseudo-autobiographical series cleverly riffs off of the teen dramedy formula by subverting television’s most enduring coming-of-age tropes.
  • Instead of your typical white manic pixie dream girl, the leading lady is Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian American overachieving teen with an emotional arc that drives her impulsive and hormone-fueled exploits.
  • Throughout the previous two seasons, Devi stumbles into a love triangle with her know-it-all and totally loaded academic rival Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), and the Sherman Oaks’ resident hunk-slash-swim team captain Paxton Hill-Yoshida (Darren Barnet).
  • While Ben and Paxton may initially come off as one-note caricatures, the show excels in deconstructing the “dumb jock” and “pretentous rich kid” cliches through dedicated episodes that flesh out two primary players in Devi’s love life.
  • Even beyond the three characters who drive the show’s central conflict, each member of the supporting cast has their own individual arc that not only enhances the show’s worldbuilding, but also offers meaningful glimpses into diverse avenues of the teenage experience.
  • “Never Have I Ever” is particularly notable for exploring coming-of-age issues from a South Asian perspective, which is seldomly represented in Western media as a whole, let alone teen dramas.
  • Season 3 of “Never Have I Ever” will be released on Netflix on Aug. 12.

Drawing from emotional highs and lows and the blissful ignorance of your garden-variety adolescent, Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” doesn’t need the stratospheric stakes or visual-effects wizardry of a fantasy epic or space opera to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Season 3 of Mindy Kaling’s pseudo-autobiographical series cleverly riffs off of the teen dramedy formula by subverting television’s most enduring coming-of-age tropes. 

Meet 98-year-old George Woo, a last living member of the Flying Tigers’ Chinese American Composite Wing

Editor’s note: Edward Woo, one of George Woo’s children, spoke on behalf of his father for this exclusive interview with NextShark.

On the Fourth of July in 1942 — nearly seven months after Imperial Japan shocked Pearl Harbor — the first American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Republic of China Air Force, otherwise known as the Flying Tigers, disbanded.

‘Nope’ star Steven Yeun on touching ‘the unknown’ when it comes to picking roles in Hollywood

  • Actor Steven Yeun sat down with NextShark to talk about his latest role as showman Ricky “Jupe” Park in the film “Nope,” as well as breaking the limits of what it means to be an Asian American in Hollywood.
  • The Korean American actor first gained widespread popularity for playing Glenn Rhee in AMC’s hit zombie show “The Walking Dead.”
  • He starred in and executive produced “Minari” in 2020, which led to him becoming the first Asian American to receive a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars.
  • He states that Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Jordan Peele (2017’s “Get Out” and 2019’s “Us”) was the “catalyst” that influenced him to jump aboard his latest project.
  • Yeun also mentions that while he is Asian American, this does not fully define all of him: “I’m only here to define who I am, and I think sometimes that clashes with the way in which the community might want to be seen, but I wonder if it starts with seeing ourselves and pushing past a lot of boundaries that get placed upon us.”

Actor Steven Yeun sat down with NextShark in an exclusive interview to talk about his latest role as showman Ricky “Jupe” Park in the film “Nope,” as well as breaking the limits of what it means to be an Asian American in Hollywood.

While discussing the recently released film, Yeun tells fans to “expect a really fun ride. It’s going to be thrilling, it’s going to be scary, it’s going to be fun.” 

Everything you need to know about ‘Squid Game’ star Wi Ha-jun to leave you satisfied

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Warning: Contains spoilers

Netflix’s “Squid Game” has audiences captivated by the show’s take on childhood games with a deadly twist. As 456 players compete for the ultimate cash prize, police detective Hwang Jun-ho begins to unravel the sinister organization behind it all. The actor who plays him, Wi Ha-jun, is among many members of the show’s cast that have risen to global popularity along with the show. 

Meet the $740 Million Man Who Calls Himself the ‘Most Influential Person of China’

Some have called him a clown, others a philanthropist, but while his attitude towards public recognition seems to borderline on narcissism, Chen Guangbiao is adamant about helping communities who are in need.

Despite coming from a destitute family, Chen, 45, is now one of China’s richest businessmen with an estimated net worth of $740 million — built through his founding and ownership of construction waste-recycling company Jiangsu Huangpu Recycling Resources.