Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon’s Son’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Gig

Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon.
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Famous fans Reese WitherspoonAnd Ryan Phillippe’s son, Deacon Phillippe, made his acting debut on season 3 of Never Have I Ever, and the show’s creative team was very pleased by his work.

“We were breaking the season and there was this role that seemed like it would be perfect for Deacon,” show cocreator Mindy KalingTelled Variety Friday, August 12, was noted that Witherspoon, 46 had previously informed her that Deacon (age 18) wanted to pursue acting. “He’s obviously so talented and he’s great-looking, and we just thought he would be great and he was excited to come and do it.”

Reese Witherspoon's Son Deacon Phillippe Will Make Acting Debut on Mindy Kaling's 'Never Have I Ever'

Deacon Phillippe as Parker in ‘Never Have I Ever.’
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The high school graduate stars in two episodes as Parker, a classmate at prep school of Des (Netflix Comedy).Anirudh Pisharody).  The 9-1-1 For his part, the alum plays a new love interest in leading lady Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan(Friday, September 3, 2013) in season 3. Amid Devi and Des’ burgeoning connection, the pair butt heads as debate team rivals. Deacon’s Parker is also an integral member of the debate squad.

“He’s just such a well-raised kid. He’s so talented, he’s so funny and fit in perfectly with the cast. The cast and the crew loved him and it was special to have him,” the Mindy Project During the red carpet premiere of the new series, the 43-year old alum spoke out to the outlet. “He’s such a humble kid and he just wants to learn. And he’s been raised by two very successful actors. He’s not wary or anything. He just came in with this open mind and was excited.”

The Legally Blonde The actress and the Big Sky 47-year-old alum wed in 1998, before welcoming daughter Ava, now 22, as well as son Deacon. They parted ways in 2008, but remained close friends.

“Ryan has been an awesome parent and everything pretty much stops for him when his kids need him,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly in December 2021, noting that coparenting has “never been better” between the two stars. “Even during the pandemic when he’s been in literally another country, he’s present in their lives and he is still the ‘cool parent’ in their eyes. He is really proud of who they’ve become.”

Deacon is also pursuing acting. NHIE, has also shown an interest in music — which Witherspoon and Ryan have been equally excited by.

“I am so proud. He’s about to go to college for music [too],” the I Know What You Did Last Summer actor gushed to Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “That’s his primary focus. The acting thing he likes to do, and he will do according to what his appetite for it is, but his focus is primarily music. … I’m super proud.”

The Big Little Lies alum has been equally impressed by her eldest son’s accomplishments and even couldn’t stop watching NHIE season 3.

“I’m bingeing Never Have I Ever,” Witherspoon — who also shares son Tennessee, 9, with husband Jim Toth — said in a Friday Instagram Story video. “It’s so good [and] it’s really funny. … OK, [Devi] is with this other guy now and, oh my God, he’s so cute [and] they’re fully making out! I gotta go [watch]The next episode [now].”

Kaling was delighted to see her frequent collaborator enjoying the new episodes. “OMFG the queen,” she captioned Witherspoon’s footage, resharing it onto her Story. “Elle Woods watches @neverhaveiever, I could die.”

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