Sendhil Ramamurthy Chats With ET
Sendhil Ramamurthy talked to Entertainment Tonight‘s Philiana Ng (@insidethetube) with about his resurgence in TV with Netflix’s hit show by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever. A veteran of shows like Heroes and Covert Affairs, Sendhil has been steadily working for the past 14 years but we are thrilled that so many are re-discovering him.
Warning: This story contains spoilers from the first season of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever.
Netflix’s Never Have I Ever is more than a teen comedy, it’s also an exploration into how an Indian American teenage girl, Devi, and her family deal with the unexpected death of their patriarch, Mohan, in their attempt to move on. Since the breakout series dropped on the streaming service on April 27, it’s been praised for its unapologetic portrayal of grief in all its different forms, being inclusive in all senses of the word and for shattering Asian stereotypes. Sure, there’s the juicy Team Paxton versus Team Ben debate or the off-the-wall schemes Devi dreams up, but at the heart of the story is Devi’s relationship with her late father.
For Sendhil Ramamurthy, who plays the charismatic, tennis-loving, Moped-driving Mohan in flashbacks and dreams, the response to the character has been deeply gratifying and eye-opening. “It’s been overwhelming and totally surprising,” Ramamurthy, 45, told ET during a recent phone interview. “I don’t think anybody thought that it would have this kind of response… It’s blown me away.”
Ramamurthy, who has graced TV screens as Mohinder on Heroes, Jai Wilcox on Covert Affairs and Bloodwork on The Flash, hopped on the phone with ET to chat about playing a “hot” dead dad, what you didn’t see in the finale beach scene, the ideal narrator for Mohan’s inner monologue, his personal season 2 hopes (he’s totally game to return!) and much more.