1. Devi is seeing a therapist. This is the most honest relationship Devi has with any grown-up and while we learn later that Devi’s mother Nalini is no fan of therapy, even she opens up in a necessary way. “Everybody is OK if somebody goes out to get help for their mental health, but they still feel shame for their own,” the actress who plays Devi, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, told Teen Vogue. “It’s this mentality of, ‘Oh if you need it, you can get help, but I’m totally fine. I’m OK. I don’t need anybody.’ I hope it starts a conversation honestly.”2. This Indian dad is so loving and sensitive. Until now, we’ve had Apu in “The Simpsons.” And awkward guys trying to figure out life and love like Aziz Ansari in “Master of None” or Kumail Nanjiani in “The Big Sick” and “Silicon Valley.”It’s no coincidence that on the heels of the actor who voices Apu saying he will no longer do so (“It just didn’t feel right,” he told the New York Times), we finally get a character bucking trends and showing a softer side. Shown in flashback, Mohan (played by Sendhil Ramamurthy) is a doting father, sharing his love of tennis, ping pong and gardening with his daughter. It’s a refreshing departure from the nerdy, socially awkward engineer or the immigrant father more often cast as strict, overbearing and emotionally distant. 3. Devi plays the harp, not piano or violin. In a heartwarming scene with a young Devi, Mohan explains how the harp is a much more complex and beautiful instrument. It’s a metaphor, of sorts, for the grief Devi feels when she thinks of the instrument — she was playing it when her father had a heart attack at her school concert. Never Have I Ever … not seen the preferred instrument of an Asian teen be piano or violin. Well played. 4. This Hindu priest loves the Lakers and goes to Home Depot. The fourth episode — devoted to a festival celebrating the elephant god Ganesh — is where the series really hits its stride. A teenager grappling with identity and religion is about as universal as it gets. The Hindu priest here is humanized masterfully. He has some laugh-out-loud lines but also clearly embraces life beyond Sanskrit scriptures and offering blessings. When Nalini offers to give him a ride from the puja, he asks to be dropped at Home Depot. Priests, they’re just like us. Program creator Mindy Kaling wrote this episode and says she drew from her own experiences growing up Hindu. “I always felt like, ‘Well, that’s an interesting thing to, like, fully kneel in front of a statue and pray and ask for good things for your family while someone is chanting something that you don’t understand while incense is burning,'” she told the Los Angeles Times. “It was only later, when I got older, that I saw the beauty of it — the growth and comfort that you get from being part of something like that.”5. These women are not subservient. Yes, Nalini makes rotis and wants her daughter to be dutiful. But the women in “Never Have I Ever” are fierce — in their ambitions, sexuality, personality. They have secret boyfriends, ride Vespa scooters and shirk convention. As with Mohan’s character, this marks a shift from the usual depiction of South Asian woman in service to her family and culture over herself. 6. She wants to go Princeton — and have sex. Too often high school dramas draw a line between the nerds and the cool people. Reality is that circles overlap and the teens who cram for their SATs and dream of the Ivy League also crush hard on boys and want to party and have sex. Such is the case for Devi. She is explicit in her vision of having sex and landing a boyfriend in her sophomore year, and approaches the goal with as much fervor (perhaps more) as getting good grades and participating in extracurricular activities. By the end of the series, Devi is spoiled for choice, overachiever that she is.
Where Soleil Moon Frye Stands With Charlie Sheen After Exposing Sexual Past
It’s all good. Soleil Moon Frye revealed where she stands with Charlie Sheen after she detailed their sexual past in her Hulu documentary, Kid 90, earlier this year. “I have not spoken to him since [it came out],” Frye, 44, exclusively told Us Weekly while promoting Heluva Good!’s Best FriendsDIP Line with Melissa Joan Hart.…
It’s all good. Soleil Moon Frye revealed where she stands with Charlie Sheen after she detailed their sexual past in her Hulu documentary, Kid 90, earlier this year.
“I have not spoken to him since [it came out],” Frye, 44, exclusively told Us Weekly while promoting Heluva Good!’s Best FriendsDIP Line with Melissa Joan Hart. “I have to say, he’s always been very sweet to me throughout the years. I’m sure at some point we will have a catch-up.”
The Punky Brewster star, who revealed during the March documentary that she had her “first consensual sexual experience” with Sheen when she was a teenager, noted that she is happy with the way the project turned out.
Soleil Moon and Charlie Sheen. Jae Hong/AP/Shutterstock; Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock“I can only speak to my experiences and really staying true to my truth. What I found through the videos and the diaries and really realizing that through this experience of my story [is] all of our stories are so important,” she said. “What has been so incredible is the way in which people have shared their stories now. And that connective tissue that connects us all. And so, it’s been amazing, and I think one of the hardest things was just continuing to peel back the onion and really to discover my own truth.”
The Proud Family alum added: “It changed so many aspects of my life, because once you open Pandora’s box, you can’t really put those things back. So how do they help you move forward in life?”
During Kid 90, Frye shared a journal entry dated December 18, 1994, following her sexual experience with the Spin City alum, now 55.
“It’s been the most strange and incredible day ever,” she recalled in the entry, calling Sheen her “Mr. Big,” in reference to Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest on Sex and the City. “He’s somebody I’ve had a crush on for years. He’s a person that intrigues me and excites me.”
Frye was 18 when she slept with Sheen, who was 29 at the time. The actress went on to describe her relationship with the Two and a Half Men alum, calling him a “kind and loving” person with whom she’s maintained a friendship with for years.
Sheen, for his part, told Us exclusively in March via his longtime publicist, Jeff Ballard, that while he had yet to watch the documentary it was “on my list to watch and very near the top.”
The Anger Management alum called Frye a “good egg,” telling Us, “I wish Soleil well in this resurgence of hers.”
In addition to the success of her documentary, Frye recently reprised her role as Punky Brewster for Peacock’s revival of the hit ‘80s comedy. She also teamed up with longtime friend Hart, 45, to help launch Heluva Good!’s Best FriendsDIP Line earlier this month.
“It’s awesome because dips are great for any time, whether you’re watching a baseball game, you’re hanging out with a friend on the patio, you get the kids together, it’s always great, just dip it in whatever you want, french fries, pretzels,” the Sabrina the Teenage Witch star, who met Frye while playing the teenage witch in the ‘90s, told Us.
Frye added: “We have a lot of kids between us so it’s delicious and super easy. We love doing barbecues. And I feel like we’re so all about just the family time together and so it fits in perfectly with that.”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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David Archuleta Opens Up About His Sexuality in Emotional Message: ‘God Made Me How I Am For a Purpose’
The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires…
The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires and urges as most people,” which works for him since he’s saving himself for marriage.”I just invite you to please consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself,” the Utah native wrote.He added, “I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the wrestle between being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith… I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other. For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am… You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”Archuleta, who placed second in the 2007 season of Idol at 16, scored a massive Billboard hit with his single “Crush,” which peaked at No. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100. His latest album, Therapy Sessions, was released 2020. The singer has been open about his Mormon beliefs over the years, and he spent time as a missionary in Chile following his run on Idol.”I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created,” he wrote.See Archuleta’s full Instagram post here.
Aaron Carter Says He ‘Fought Like a Lion’ Against Lamar Odom in Celebrity Boxing Match
The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what…
The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what you want. But I don’t see you at 6’ fighting a giant.”Ice-T and his wife Coco hosted the event, with former MMA star Chuck Liddell serving as the celebrity referee.This edition of Official Celebrity Boxing was originally scheduled for last year, but was pushed to June 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight card also featured a match-up between hip-hop producer Cisco Rosado and rapper/producer Peter Gunz.Check out Carter’s post-fight tweets below.