Fans of the Netflix show will see the talent gene runs strong in Deacon Phillippe’s family.
If you’ve not yet seen Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever on Netflix, the time is now. The first two seasons are available and the trailer for season three just dropped. Deacon Phillippe, whose dad is actor Ryan Phillippe and mom, the talented Reese Witherspoon, will make his acting debut, playing Parker in the high school comedy.
The 18-year-old musician’s character, according to a Netflix press release, is “Devi’s debate team rival from a well-funded private school,” and “able to coast through debate tournaments thanks to his school’s advantages,” who is “always down to party.”
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If you’ve not yet seen the show, it follows the ups and downs of Indian-American teenager, Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who navigates daily life at Sherman Oaks High.
Prior to launching his acting career, Deacon has been dabbling in music and music production. “It’s always a good feeling when you’re getting recognition for stuff that you do, especially on a creative level,” Phillippe told Billboard. “I was glad people were seeing something I took part in. It was really significant.”
On Wednesday, Netflix released a full-length trailer for the show’s third season, premiering on Aug. 12. The trailer starts as Devi debuts her new relationship with school jock Paxton (Darren Barnet) As the shock settles in for people watching them walk hand-in-hand, her friends comment that her “social status has skyrocketed” while the “popular” girls in the bathroom try to figure out just how this relationship came to be. Perhaps it’s a “deathbed thing,” or maybe she’s “just a big slut,” they wonder, seething with jealousy and creating all the drama a good high school series requires.
Later on, Devi’s psychologist, Dr. Jamie Ryan (Niecy Nash), tries to calm her fears and remind her that “being in a relationship doesn’t solve all of our problems,” to which Devi quips, “The entire Olivia Rodrigo album would disagree with you.”
Deacon, though homeschooled, just graduated high school himself. Phillippe and Witherspoon posted several photos of the big moment on social media showing him in cap and gown and receiving his diploma from his “principal” father.
We can’t wait to see all season three brings, including how Deacon will navigate his first guest starring role. With his genes, we’re thinking he’ll be a natural.