Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series
Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) and Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) explained how the internet helped expand the casting pool for their projects during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”Wu began the interview: “When I did ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and they were looking for actors, it was crazy how many people said, ‘Well, there are no Asian actors.’ What they really meant is like, ‘Oh, there aren’t a lot of Asian-American actors who are represented by the top three agencies and have a huge resume,’” Wu said.
“What Jon Chu, our director, did was he opened it up.
He had people send in auditions via YouTube and he watched every single one.”Kaling mentioned how she took on a similar strategy when it came to casting her Netflix series “Never Have I Ever,” starring newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.After explaining how they had to turn away from mature Bollywood actors,
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