Mindy Kaling, co-creator of teen drama “Never Have I Ever,” said she could never do a show like “Euphoria.”
“I love ‘Euphoria’ and I think Eden Arielle Gordon Sam [Levinson] is like a genius,” she said in an Aug. 12 interview with The –. “I think he has a lot to say about things like sex and drug use and addiction and those are incredibly interesting, but we don’t have a ton of experience in that area,” she said of herself and co-creator Lang Fisher. “I watch this show on the edge of my seat, vicariously, but I feel like nerd lust guys are more what we feel comfortable writing about, which is why we do that. We write about wrestlers, jerks and underappreciated people.”
Fisher agreed, adding, “Mindy and I aren’t cool enough to write ‘Euphoria’. I can’t imagine us like, ‘Okay, now she’s going to take heroin.’ We operate quite succinctly and safely in the TV-14 space, and we weren’t like “Euphoria” teenagers either. Mindy and I were good-natured assholes and maybe each had like half a boyfriend. “
“Mindy and I aren’t cool enough to write ‘Euphoria’.”
The third season of “Never Have I Ever” premiered on August 12. It features Reese Witherspoon’s son, Deacon Phillippe, as the new antagonistic character Parker in his acting debut. It also focuses on the central character Devi’s (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) relationships with Paxton and Ben. (Kaling also clarified whether she’s Team Paxton or Team Ben.) Meanwhile, Anirudh Pisharody also made his debut this season as attractive newcomer Nirdesh.
Kaling, who shot to fame on ‘The Office’, has served as an executive producer in recent years and is currently working on ‘Legally Blonde 3’. But even though she’s been taking a lot of leadership lately, she made it clear that she has no desire to be like her “The Office” boss, Michael Scott.