Darren Barnet and I discuss Zoom lunch options when he says he craves a burger, fries, and a vanilla milkshake. He's been quarantining himself since the start of the corona virus lockout and is just looking for some comfort food, which is surprising given his obvious dedication to shirtless Instagram posts.
Barnet is currently playing in Mindy Kaling's comedy Never Have I Ever and is probably best known for his washboard abdominal muscles. Since the show went live on Netflix, fans have fainted over Barnet's portrayal of Paxton Hall-Yoshida, the resident jock and object of affection for protagonist Devi. And it's no wonder that after five minutes, Barnet is dripping wet and abs visible from the pool and Robyns Dancing On My Own is playing in the background.
"I think [the producers] was afraid that I was too muscular," he says with a laugh when I ask him about his audition. "I remember they said," His weapons are a bit much. "
Staying in shape is a matter of course for Barnet. He has been doing sports since childhood. And between years of lacrosse, basketball, boxing and martial arts, he tried to follow his dreams of becoming an actor Hit shows like This Is Us and Criminal Minds the actor was determined to get in shape for his first regular series role.