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Meet Kiruthiha Kulendiren-Mother Of Never Have I Ever Alum Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Published Tue Aug 02 2022 By sujina
Meet Kiruthiha Kulendiren-Mother Of Never Have I Ever Alum Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Kiruthiha Kulendiren is known to the world as the mother of Tamil Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.

Maitreyi is an actress who grabbed headlines as Devi Vishwakumar in the popular Netflix series  Never Have I Ever.

Kulendiren immigrated to Canada as a refugee who fled unrest in Sri Lanka.

Kiruthiha Kulendiren-Mother Of Actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Kiruthiha Kulendiren was born in Sri Lanka and is of Tamil descent. As per the reports, she is in her mid-40s.

She and her family immigrated to Canada as refugees from Sri Lanka due to the Civil war and extreme racism against the Tamil community.

Kulendiren settled in Mississauga, Ontario, also known as the immigrant-majority city.

Fact-Almost 141k Tamil residents are in Canada, making the country one of the largest Tamil diaspora populations.

The Ramakrishnan family identifies themselves as Tamil Canadians rather than Sri Lankan.

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Kiruthiha Kulendiren with her children-son Vishwaa Ramakrishnan and daughter Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

They are very proud of their Tamil heritage, and Kiruthiha has made sure to pass it on to both her kids.

Maitreyi, in an interview, revealed that her parents have introduced her to Tamil culture and are extremely proud of it.

She also revealed why she and her family identifies as Tamil Canadians. 

The actress stated:

“I made it very clear to my agent and publicist that Tamil Canadian is very, very important to me ... my identity isn’t being Sri Lankan,” she said. “That’s not my country. My country is Canada. But my culture is definitely Tamil.”

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Husband And Children

Kiruthiha Kulendiren is married to Ram Selvarajah. The couple reportedly tied the knot in the mid-1990s.

There are few details available about them as the family is quite private.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's parents-mother Kiruthiha Kulendiren and father Ram Selvarajah

Kiruthiha and Ram have two children together. Their firstborn is a son named Vishwaa Ramakrishnan.

He is not into the entertainment business; however, his Instagram account tells us he is very much into music and playing guitars.

Vishwaa is also a huge Rolling Stone fan, and his feed is filled with their pictures.

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Kiruthiha Kulendiren's eldest son and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's brother Vishwaa Ramakrishnan

Their second child is Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. She brought the family to stardom. 

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan-Age And Height

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan was born on December 29, 2001, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

As of August 2022, she is 20 years old and stands at the height of 5' 6" (168 cm).

She attended Meadowvale Secondary School. Maitreyi deferred her acceptance to the York University in Toronto theatre program because of her lead role in  Never Have I Ever.

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Tamil Girl Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

However, in 2021, due to a schedule conflict, she deferred her acceptance a second time and switched her major to human rights and equity studies.

Ramakrishnan gives credit for choosing human rights for her family, who were the victims of human inequality.

The 20-year-old, in an interview, stated:

"My parents always raised me (to believe): 'If you see an injustice, speak up. Don't be a bystander when you see someone facing injustice, or you are complicit.' So with that mentality, that's what I still just live and lead by."

The actress is known for her witty and outgoing nature. Time and again has made it clear that she will never compromise her identity and culture-starting with her name.

"If you can say the character names in "Game Of Thrones," you can say my Tamil name," says Ramakrishnan.

Fact: Maitreyi is pronounced as my-trey-ee. 

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Rose To Stardom As Devi Vishwakumar On the Netflix series Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan made her acting debut with a BANG!!!!

She got the role of Devi Vishwakumar in Never Have I Ever, defeating 15,000 candidates and impressing actress/comedian Mindy Kaling.

She created her audition tape at a local library using her mom Kulendiren's camera.

Without any prior professional acting credit, Ramakrishnan got the biggest role at the age of 17.

Being a newcomer and Tamil Canadian, she brought huge media attention as it was groundbreaking for minorities. In 2019, Today named her one of eighteen "Groundbreakers."

Mindy Kaling's Never Have I Ever premiered on Netflix on April 27, 2020, amid the pandemic and received positive reviews from fans and critics.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar in the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. 

In fact, Variety mentioned Maitreyi'sMaitreyi's performance as a breakout star. She received nominations for Independent Spirit Award, Canadian Screen Awards, and MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The show is set to release its third season (new cast member-Anirudh Pisharody), which is scheduled for August 12, 2022.

Ramakrishnan is reprising her role as a teenager high school student dealing with the grief of her father's death in a non-conventional way.

Similarly, she voices Zipp Storm in the television series My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale, replacing Liza Koshy.

The actress reprised her voice role as Zipp Storm in the Netflix CGI-animated series special My Little Pony: Make Your Mark in May 2022.

Likewise, Maitreyi voiced Priya Mangal in the  Pixar animated film Turning Red.

Also, she is set to play protagonist Elizabeth Bennet in Netflix'sNetflix's upcoming modern feature adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" called "The Netherfield Girls."

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Tamil Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

While talking about her debut movie role, Ramakrishnan stated:

"One reason why I really liked the character, for me, personally, is just that I wasn't the best brown girl for the role; I just happened to be the best girl for the role."

She continued:

"It wasn't like, ''Oh, you're the best out of all the South Asian women that we have thought of.'' No, it's just, ''You can do this; you encompass this character as her true form."

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How Much Is The Net Worth Of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan?

The rising 20-year-old actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million as of 2022.

Her primary income source is her acting career. As per the sources, she made $20,000 for each episode of Never Have I Ever season one.

Ramakrishnan made $200k from the first season of the show. She reviewed her salary contract post show's success and received much more than the figure mentioned.

According to the sources, she makes between $40k and $50k per episode.

Similarly, Maitreyi also earns considerably from endorsements, sponsorships, and brand deals.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Net Worth 2022

She became the brand ambassador for clothing retailer American Eagle's "Member's Always: Future Together" campaign in March 2022. 

Is She Dating Someone?

The promising young actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is quite private regarding her personal life.

The actress has not declared to be dating anybody, and almost nothing related to her relationship status and possible boyfriend is revealed to the media.

As of now, we can assume he is single.

She is very close to her family, especially her mother, Kiruthiha Kulendiren.

The mother-daughter duo often spends time together learning and experiencing new things. 

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