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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is 1 in 15,000 – at least when it came to landing her first appearance as an actress. When Mindy Kaling put out an open casting call for the lead role in her new teen drama, I have never15,000 people auditioned. Ramakrishnan – then 17 years old, from Mississauga, Canada, and with no prior recognition of her name – prevailed as the winner and achieved the role of Devi Vishwakumar.
I have never was released on Netflix on April 27, a little over a month after the global pandemic shutdown. The series was a hit ̵
But don’t let Ramakrishnan’s wave of success fool you. She, now 18, wants you to know that she is just your average teenager. “I have been quarantining my house with my family since March,” Ramakrishnan told SELF. “I have my mother, I have my father, my grandma, my grandpa, my brother, my dog. It’s a full house. All my life I grew up in Mississauga and auditioned[for[for[für[forI have never]was actually the first trip I ever took down there [to LA]. That was the longest time I’ve ever been away from home. “
SELF spoke to Ramakrishnan, who recently worked with TAZO-Tea, about her bedtime while quarantined at home with her family. Read below about the skin care she learned from her mom on late nights with Grandma and how high school taught her the value of an all-nighter.
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Before bed, I don’t like hanging out alone in my bedroom that much because I don’t like being alone.
I tend to hang out downstairs with my family. I’d rather be downstairs at my computer than just alone in my room, if that makes sense. My whole bedroom mood is basically a storage space for all my things in an organized but slightly chaotic mess.
Honestly, my whole family, including my grandma, is up for quite a long time.
Sometimes, [my grandma] I think I have slowly turned my family into night owls with me. With the exception of my dad – my dad is a morning person so we all join him. This is a “he problem”. We recently started playing Mario Party before going to bed. I get very competitive so it’s a great way to get the last bit of energy you have. Of course I win. Let’s be real My grandma just watches, but she supports.
I also like to have a cup of tea at night – I really like the TAZO Energize blend. I’m a night owl and I tend to do a lot of my best and most creative jobs after midnight. That helps me with this process. I’m also a big fan of their Earl Gray tea.
If it’s a normal night, I probably don’t have makeup on because I try not to use too much makeup day in and day out because I don’t want to break out.
But let’s say just to spice it up. I go in with some toners and makeup removers because I absolutely hate myself falling asleep with my makeup on, which admittedly has happened before. I think I did this in quarantine more than in my entire life. I’m pretty ashamed of it, but it is what it is. I am human.