Darren Barnet from Netflix's Never Have I Ever


5 Facts About Darren Barnet from ‘Never Have I Ever’ on Netflix

5 fun facts about Darren Barnet who plays Paxton, the aloof athlete on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever.

When Darren Barnet aka Paxton walked into Devi’s room on ‘Never Have I Ever’ we all swooned! That hair, those abs, that voice – who is he?

We are going to dive into a little more about Darren Barnet, who plays Paxton on the new Netflix teen coming of age series below!

1. ‘Never Have I Ever’ was released on his birthday – April 27th. He just turned 29 years old. Darren even made a post about this to his Instagram profile. “Never Have I Ever coming to @netflix on my BIRTHDAY April 27th! I could not have asked for a better gift. Created by the most badass duo I’ve ever seen, @mindykaling & @loulielang. A coming of age comedy that will make you laugh while also hitting you straight in the heart. I play Paxton. An aloof jock with a heart of gold and layers you might not see on the surface. I can’t explain how grateful I am to be a part of this wonderful story. To all my cast mates and everyone that made this happen, I love you.

2. Darren is Japanese-American and very close to his mother and sisters. “Happy mommas day to my superwoman. Love you, mom. So happy I got spend this beautiful weekend with you and my big sis @jenbarnet_rudolph. Only one we were missing was the baby @emilyxbreanna,” he wrote on Instagram.

Darren Barnet and his mother
Darren Barnet with his mother | Instagram
Darren Barnet's family

3. He moved to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida when he was 12. His mother kept him busy with a rigorous school schedule and getting involved in sports.

4. Darren and his sisters were big fans of the show “Sister Sister” growing up starring Tia and Tamera Mowry. Some of his dreams came true when he not only met Tia but got to share the red carpet with Tia to celebrate the wrap of ‘Family Reunion’ on Netflix.

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When I was a kid, I would watch this talented woman on television in “Sister Sister.” It was a household favorite among me and my big sister @jenbarnet_rudolph. I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was very young and I remember watching her show and others like it thinking to myself “this looks like so much fun.” My parents told me otherwise. Both of them pursued acting in their twenties. It’s a rollercoaster life filled with a lot of rejection. A lot of pain. Understandably so, they wanted to protect me from that and told me to focus on school. So I did. Fast forward to about 5 years ago. I finished school like my parents told me but the dream of acting never left my mind. I moved back to LA and one of my first jobs was as a front desk/bike attendant at Soul Cycle in West Hollywood. The place was filled with celebrity clientele but I’ve never really been one to be star-struck. But one day, Tia walks in and I have to admit I was excited! She was a regular client and I began seeing her all the time, helping her with her bike, chit-chatting here and there. She was so kind and so humble. Fast forward to last night, I got to share the red carpet with her as a cast mate celebrating the wrap of “Family Reunion” coming out on Netflix! 5 years ago, I could never see this happening. Although my journey continues through the ups and downs of this rollercoaster…this was definitely an up point ??

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5. To break this ice with his ‘Never Have I Ever’ cast members, he took everyone out to the bowling alley on one of their first days on set. This was super fun but needless to say, they had to put out some fires when they got back to the Netflix set, as he told Teen Vogue.

‘Never Have I Ever’ is currently streaming on Netflix.