Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a Canadian actress. She’s best known for starring in Netflix’s Never Have I Ever (2020–) as Devi Vishwakumar.

Another notable acting project she’s involved in is Turning Red (2022). She’s set to made her film debut with Netflix’s The Netherfield Girls, a novel to film adaptation from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


She decided to become an actress when she finished high school, and less than a year later, she was cast in the teen comedy series Never Have I Ever (2020).

The same year as her debut, she joined a cast of the TV series Acting for a Cause and lent her voice for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards for Children’s & Youth Programming documentary.

In 2022, she once again contributed to several animated series and movies by lending her voice to a recurring character, Zipp Storm.

Some of the animated series and movies she participated in include My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale, My Little Pony: Make Your Mark, and My Little Pony: Winter Wishday.

By far, her performance throughout the years has earned her a honor of Radius Award in the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards ceremony.

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  • Real Name: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
  • Stage Names: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
  • Also Known as: –
  • Nickname: Maitreyi
  • Birthday: December 28, 2001
  • Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: Tamil-Canadian
  • Religion: Hinduism
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: York University (Theater), Meadowvale Secondary School. Trelawny Public School
  • Hobbies: Singing, painting, playing the piano, hiking, visiting art galleries, playing video games, riding the motorcycle
  • Facebook: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Official
  • Twitter: @ramakrishnannn
  • Threads: @maitreyiramakrishnan
  • Instagram: @maitreyiramakrishnan
  • TikTok: @maitreyiramakrishnan
  • YouTube: –

Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 170 cm (5’7”)
  • Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Blood Type: –
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Dark brown
  • Body Measurements: 34-24-35 (Bust -34, Waist -24, and Hips -35 inches)
  • Shoe Size: 7 (US)
  • Dress Size: 4 (US)


  • Father: Ram Selvarajah
  • Mother: Kiruthiha Kulendiren
  • Brother: Vishwaa Ramakrishnan 
  • Sister: –

Boyfriend & Dating History

She has never been involved in a publicly disclosed relationship. She most likely tend to keep her personal and dating life private.

Net Worth

She’s estimated to own $500 thousand of net worth, according to multiple sources. Her main source of income is possibly her career as an actress.


According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, for season one of Never Have I Ever, she earned $21 thousand each episode.

For season two, the amount of her salary was increased to around $26 thousand each episode. She also reportedly received $100 thousand of bonus.


  • Maitreyi competed with 15,000 candidates for her role in the TV series Never Have I Ever (2020).
  • Her childhood dream was to become an animator.
  • She likes pretzels.
  • The reason she auditioned for the role in the TV series Never Have I Ever (2020) is because she wanted to hang out with her best friend.
  • Maitreyi was a member of a jazz band and was in charge of playing the piano.
  • She recorded her audition tape in the library.
  • Maitreyi is a huge fan of actress Mindy Kaling.
  • Her parents originally came from Sri Lanka. They moved to Canada in their 20s.
  • She is of Tamil descent.
  • Maitreyi started acting when she was 15 years old.
  • She is not afraid of change.
  • Her favorite actor is Steve Carrell.
  • She gets annoyed when someone mispronounces her name.
  • Maitreyi is an outspoken person.
  • She could relate to Hermione Granger from the movie series Harry Potter (2001) as a kid.
  • Maitreyi wants to try directing someday.
  • She once learned how to play the harp.
  • Maitreyi is very active on social media.
  • She has a habit to scroll through TikTok before going to bed.
  • Maitreyi identifies herself as Gryffindor when it comes to Hogwarts houses.
  • She loves dogs.
  • Her father, Ram Selvarajah, is an IT expert while her mother, Kiruthiha Kulendiren, works in marketing.
  • Maitreyi likes playing Mario Kart.
  • The Office (2005) is her favorite TV series.
  • She has an older brother.
  • Her ideal type is…
  • Her net worth is around $500,000.

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  • The Netherfield Girls (TBA), as Lizzie Bennet
  • My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (2022), as Zipp Storm
  • Turning Red (2022), as Priya
  • 2020 Canadian Screen Awards for Children’s & Youth Programming (2020), as the narrator
  • 2020 Canadian Screen Awards for Children’s & Youth Programming and Lifestyle & Reality (2020), as the voice actress

TV Series

  • My Little Pony: Winter Wishday (Netflix | 2022), as Zipp Storm
  • My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (Netflix | 2022), as Zipp Storm
  • My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale (Netflix | 2022), as Zipp Storm
  • Acting for a Cause (YouTube | 2020), as Olivia
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix | 2020), as Devi Vishwakumar

TV Shows

  • IMDb on the Scene – Interviews (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
  • Entertainment Tonight Canada (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC | 2022), as a guest
  • GMA3: What You Need to Know (ABC | 2022), as a guest
  • The Morning Show (Apple TV+ | 2022), as a guest
  • Tudum (Netflix | 2021), as the host
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (ABC | 2021), as a guest
  • The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC | 2021), as a guest
  • A Little Late with Lilly Singh (NBC | 2021), as a guest
  • Entertainment Tonight (YouTube | 2021), as a guest
  • Today (NBC | 2021), as a guest
  • MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time (MTV | 2020), as the host
  • The E! People’s Choice Awards (E! | 2020), as a guest
  • Sidewalks Entertainment (KCRT-TV | 2020), as a guest


  • 2022 Canadian Screen Awards – Radius Award – Maitreyi Ramakrishnan


  • 2021 Independent Spirit Award – Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series – Never Have I Ever
  • 2021 Canadian Screen Awards – Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award – Never Have I Ever
  • 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards – Best Kiss – Never Have I Ever


“I think my journey with self love has been one that isn’t very linear, but I think that’s very realistic.”

“I think my journey with self love is pretty normal, I like to think, because it’s not one that goes one way or the other all the time. One day I can be on top of the world and the next day I can feel like sh*t — but that’s life, right? That is life. And I always just try to strive for the better, but some days it’s harder than others.”

“There is so much coming at you in high school. There is so much pressure and just absolute crap that happens when you’re young. But I think honestly, the self-love journey is just as important when you’re older and you’re out of high school because you should love yourself at all points in your life. [But] it’s not something that happens once and then you’re done. It’s not like a, “Check. I did it. I self-loved.” Sometimes it’s, “Oh, I am not self-loving anymore.” I think it’s honestly really important for all points in your life.”

“It’s really important if someone wants to talk to me, because I’m not going to respond to something that’s not my name. It’s a sign of respect. It’s how I want to be called in the world, and I absolutely love my name. I think my name is very awesome, so I want that respect [from] someone to take the time to know how to address me.”

“I don’t expect anyone to know how to say my name right off the bat, that would be very presumptuous of me, but I do expect the respect of people trying to say my name and giving their best attempt every time they do say my name. Because I deserve that just as much as they do, as much as everyone does.”

“I hope Devi has taught young brown women that it’s okay if they make mistakes, it’s okay to be imperfect, it’s okay to feel a lot of emotions and it’s okay to feel them very strongly because that only makes you you — and that only makes you more of an icon.”

“It’s also okay if you’re not like Devi too, because you don’t have to be. You don’t have to be like anything that you’ve seen on TV. And that is fine because you’re you, just as worthy of a TV show, of being a main character.”

“I’m just obsessed with my job. [laughs] No, I feel like the characters that I like to play, whether it’s Princess Peach [from the Super Mario franchise] or videogame characters like Lisa from Genshin Impact are just characters that maybe traditionally don’t look like me, but I still think are dope.”

“Social media so skewed. Let’s first acknowledge that… People that are like, “Why is Little Mermaid Black?” Don’t even get me started. I hate that people have been calling it a controversy. I’m like, no, no, there’s no controversy. This is just hating and trolling. She is doing nothing controversial by taking on a fictional freaking mermaid.”

“I like to think that those negative people are just really loud and obnoxious. I mean, my dream role is Rapunzel. That is my dream role as a brown girl that has had her grandma put coconut oil in her hair since she was like a child. That’s my dream, and I’m going to do whatever it takes for me to achieve that.”

“In my ideal world, by the end of it all, I [want to be able to] look back and see a bunch of different characters, a bunch of different personalities, in a bunch of different genres. Like, I want to find my thriller movie. I want to find my epic fantasy. I want to find my cool action car chase sequence. I want a car chase sequence, man. I do.”

“I just want to take up all the different genres so that one day people can say, “Maitreyi Ramakrishnan can do it all,” you know? I don’t want to diminish my light because people are like, “Oh, you can’t take up space in this genre. There’s no place for you here.””

“Hopefully other brown girls rise up too. But I want to make sure that I also get to play roles so that we all can just keep acting. I’m not going to stop acting just to make room for somebody else. Because that’s where they get you, this myth that there can only be one.”

“I’m not going to diminish how much success Never Have I Ever has gotten. But that was just my breakout role. I’m not going to stop at my breakout role because there’s already been too much of me around. It’s just means I did a damn good job at my first job. I’m going to do a damn good job on my second too.”

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is determined to bring more South Asian representatives on the screen. And, so far, she has been doing pretty well in delivering just that.