This Canadian teen just got cast in Mindy Kaling’s new show
Mississauga, Ont., teen beat 15,000 girls worldwide to land starring role
It’s not everyday an unknown kid actor can say they landed the lead role in a Mindy Kaling Netflix comedy series.
But for Maitreyi Ramakrishnan from Mississauga, Ont., that’s exactly what happened.
The 17-year-old Canadian who has no real acting experience was chosen out of 15,000 kids in a worldwide open casting call.
This will be Ramakrishnan’s on-screen debut.
“Well, I’m one happy Tamil-Canadian girl right now!” she said on Twitter.
It all began when Kaling posted about her search online in April.
Maitreyi didn’t even have an agent or a manager when she submitted a tape of herself with her friends after seeing Kaling’s tweet.
This led to a callback, followed by two screen tests in Los Angeles
Maitreyi will play Devi in the yet-to-be-titled show that was co-created and executive produced by Kaling and Lang Fisher, the team behind The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Mindy Kaling is co-creator, co-writer and executive producer of the new comedy series. (Lars Niki/Getty Images)
Now represented by Sandra Gillis of Premier Artists' Management in Toronto, Maitreyi had to go through some stiff competition to land the role.
"They really liked her — and we waited — and then we found out a while ago, but couldn't mention that she actually landed the role,” Gillis said.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a Tamil-Canadian who is very proud of her heritage. (IMDB)
Netflix describes Devi as an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.
The streaming service describes her character as "a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl."
Maitreyi can relate given her attachment to her own culture.
"She's very proud of her heritage and she wants everyone to know that she is Tamil-Canadian and that it is a very important aspect of her identity,” Gillis said.
Meadowvale Secondary School in Mississauga, where Maitreyi just graduated, is incredibly proud of its former student.
The Netflix series starts filming July 23 with a release date yet to be announced.
With files from The Canadian Press