Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on Diversity and Gender Equality

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a Tamil-Canadian actor known for her leading role in the Netflix comedy series Never Have I Ever, written by Mindy Kaling.

“I became normalized to the fact that character’s don’t look like me often.”

This year she was named Global Celebrated Ambassador by Plan International Canada, to promote gender equality around the globe. In this conversation Maitreyi talks about representing a South Asian teenager on a hit Netflix show, her experience protesting from a young age, and how she is advocating for girls’ equality as a social media influencer.

“Why did we create this mentality? Why did we get to this point where we think that harassment, just because it is behind a screen is okay.”

You can follow Maitreyi’s work at @maitreyiramakrishnan on Instagram or @ramakrishnannn on Twitter.

This episode was produced by Laura Ubaté, edited by Martina Castro, mixed by Martine Chaussard, and mastered by Laurent Apffel. Our team includes lead producer Caro Rolando, editor David Alandete and production manager Luis Gil.

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