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Casting Reese Witherspoon’s Son Deacon Phillippe in “Never Have I Ever”: What Mindy Kaling Had to Say About It

Deacon Phillippe in Never Have I Ever

Deacon Phillippe in Never Have I Ever

The door of opportunity has finally opened for Deacon Phillippe. At the premiere of the third season of “Never Have I Ever,” which took place on the red carpet, executive producer Mindy Kaling discussed the choice to cast Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s son in the show’s upcoming installment.

“We were breaking the season and there was this role that seemed like it would be perfect for Deacon,” Kaling said, explaining that Witherspoon, a friend of hers, had brought up the fact that Deacon was interested in following in his parent’s footsteps and getting into acting. His parents are both actors.

In the current season, Phillippe portrays Parker, who is a member of the school’s opposing debate team as well as a friend of Des, who is played by Anirudh Pisharody. Des is the new love interest for Maitreyi Ramakrishnan’s character, Devi. Phillippe also plays a buddy of Des.

“He’s obviously so talented and he’s great-looking, and we just thought he would be great and he was excited to come and do it,” Kaling added of Deacon. “He’s just such a well-raised kid. He’s so talented, he’s so funny, and fits in perfectly with the cast. The cast and the crew loved him and it was special to have him.”

She stated, “He’s such a humble kid and he just wants to learn. And he’s been raised by two very successful actors. He’s not wary or anything. He just came in with this open mind and was excited.”

Lang Fisher, who is in charge of running the performance, added, “He was great, and we were like ‘Come aboard!'” “This is the first thing he has ever done, but he was such a professional. He was just raised like a wonderful young man. He came to set really prepared and he did a great job.”

Kaling noted in a preview of the upcoming season, “We try to pack in a lot in each season. There’s emotional things that we trying to showcase, but also it still needs to be a funny show. I feel like you turn on TV and every comedy is kind of depressing. And we just wanted to do a show that brought joy to people’s lives. But there’s serious things like grief, and that’s important for us to write about, and growing up and moving out of your house.”

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