'Never Have I Ever'
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Did 'Never Have I Ever's Poorna Jagannathan Want Steamier Scenes With Common?


Aug. 2 2021, Published 5:39 p.m. ET

It may come as a surprise, but sometimes, actors have their own fantasies when it comes to showing off their skills. And while some of those fantasies are only fulfilled to a certain extent, that doesn't stop them from speaking on the "what ifs" and the "what could have beens." In the case of Never Have I Ever, star Poorna Jaggannathan can definitely relate to this sentiment.

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Poorna has spoken candidly about specific scenes with her on-screen love interest, Common. Although the show is a teenage rom-com, the idea of creating steamier scenes has piqued her interest — which is probably why she wishes Never Have I Ever was a HBO show instead of a Netflix series.

Never Have I Ever
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Poorna Jaggannathan spoke on Common’s performance in ‘Never Have I Ever.’

It’s always flattering when actors are praised for their skills and expertise. Common snagged a recurring role as Dr. Chris Jackson, an incredibly handsome and poised dermatologist, and he has made quite the impression on the cast.

In a recent interview with Collider, Poorna not only celebrated Common for his skills, but also spoke about wishing their scenes had been shot for HBO.

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Common as Dr. Chris Jackson in 'Never Have I Ever'
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“I just wish all the Common scenes were actually for HBO,” Poorna told co-star Richa Moorjani. “They would be totally different.”

“It would be a very different show,” Richa responded.

Never Have I Ever targets a teenage audience, so we can only assume that Poorna wanted her scenes with Common to be a little more intimate in nature (since HBO's audience tends to be more mature).

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Poorna also praised Common for his gentle demeanor and ability to allow her character — Nalini Vishwakumar — to be seen in a different light. She describes Common as “hot, generous, and compassionate," saying that she “never quite met someone like him.”

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“It was wonderful to be acting opposite him,” Poorna shared. "I didn’t realize until Common stepped into the role that Nalini feels seen, probably for the first time, in a way that even Mohan couldn’t professionally. She values what she does so much, and here’s Dr. Jackson who’s like, 'You did that? I’m jealous.' I loved exploring that aspect of her. I hope there’s a lot more."

Nalini’s newfound romance shows the joys of moving forward and the pain of grief getting in the way.

Never Have I Ever fans know Nalini to be a feisty and overbearing mother. She’s still grieving the loss of her husband Mohan, but Season 2 allows her to put herself first.

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Never Have I Ever
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Nalini takes steps to move forward with her life, but discovers that she's not ready for a new man just yet.

Poorna explains in the interview that there was a possibility for Nalini to “find a little joy but she wasn’t ready.” And as a result, she had to break things off with Dr. Jackson. It’s very telling of how the process of grief really works.

Season 2 of Never Have I Ever is available to stream on Netflix.

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