NETFLIX’s coming-of-age comedy, Never Have I Ever, has garnered huge audiences since the series debuted in 2020.
Mindy Kaling’s co-creation has also spawned several heartthrobs, including season three, Anirudh Pisharody.
Who is Anirudh Pisharody from Never Have I Ever?
Anirudh Pisharody is an Indian-born actor who grew up in Austin, Texas.
The 28-year-old has appeared in TV series including Fox’s hit drama 9-1-1 (2018) and Big Sky (2020).
Pisharody has been acting since elementary school and has always had a passion for the creative arts — though he never thought it could turn into a “full-time career,” according to an interview with PEOPLE.
“When I turned 18, my parents, who are immigrants from India, said, ‘Maybe something more stable,'” he explains.
“Even as a kid, I never seriously considered acting as something I could do for a living. It’s always been kind of a hobby for me, although I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”
As a result, Pisharody earned a public health degree from the University of Texas at Austin, but after gaining work experience, quickly realized that a medical career was not for him.
“I said to my parents, ‘Look, I think that’s really what I want to do. I don’t think medicine is really for me. I just don’t have the passion for it. I’d love to play a doctor on TV, but I don’t do that,” he told the outlet.
“And then they said, ‘Okay. Just don’t do it half-heartedly. Get on the air.’”
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Pisharody is married to film director Jill V Dae, whom he met in a grocery store parking lot.
The couple own a production company together, Black Velvet Films. Dae serves as CEO while Pisharody serves as COO.
When did Pisharody join the cast of Never Have I Ever?
Pisharody joined the burgeoning Netflix cast for the show’s third season.
He plays Des, a new love interest for Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
Pisharody told PEOPLE he loves working on a show that offers so much on-screen representation.
“Often as an actor, especially as a South Asian actor, on most sets you sit on you never see that many people who look like you on both the cast and crew sides, so it was just great to to come to work every day.
“These opportunities are very rare,” he continued.
“I’m really glad that’s the case [show] for children who are now growing up. It’s just going to give the next generation some level of “OK, I can do that if I want to.” “
When does Season 3 start on Netflix?
Never Have I Ever is exclusive to Netflix and the show’s third season premiered on Friday, August 12, 2022.
The fourth and final season has also been confirmed and is scheduled for release in 2023.