Age is only a quantity! By no means Have I Ever’s Darren Barnet has no points enjoying an adolescent on TV — particularly as a result of he is aware of he’s within the firm of Hollywood royalty.
“It’s actually not a brand new system,” Barnet, 30, not too long ago advised Us Weekly completely in regards to the Mindy Kaling-created Netflix comedy whereas discussing his function as Victoria Secret’s PINK first-ever male celeb model ambassador. “Have a look at 90210 and Grease — Kenickie was about to money in his 401k. This man was [old]! It’s enjoyable!”
The actor, who stars as highschool scholar Paxton Corridor-Yoshida on the coming-of-age hit, revealed that enjoying a youthful character can be worrying, which is why he thinks it’s vital to not take it too significantly.
“I attempt to not get too self-critical of myself after I’m watching it. Like, ‘Oh, God, I look a lot older than this particular person,’” he defined to Us. “That’s [a] level of psychological well being that I’ve actually needed to digest. I’ve [had to] develop into OK with watching myself and accepting of the truth that I’m not 18. I’m not likely this man.”
Barnet revealed that “the stress” he feels whereas enjoying an 18-year-old comes from the bodily calls for of needing to be shirtless typically, however he’s grateful for the excuse to maintain in form.
“I’m continually making an attempt to verify my physique seems to be good, however the focus has been extra so on simply feeling wholesome,” the Berry Faculty alum continued.“So it’s sort of been good. It makes me keep in form and keep lively. Typically it does trigger a bit of little bit of stress, however I’m actually grateful to be in that place.”
The Love Exhausting actor advised Us he’s “nonetheless getting used to being referred to as a star,” regardless that By no means Have I Ever’s success has given him publicity to a fantastic group of followers. “[The journey] has been a blast,” he gushed. “And it’s allowed me to accrue a really great fan base in these younger adults and children that watch the present.”
Having adoring followers isn’t at all times a simple factor, nevertheless. The California native revealed that he often will get despatched unsolicited private messages, together with X-rated photographs.
“I get some wild ones,” he admitted to Us. “I gained’t say what, however there are occasions after I get stuff, after I need to reply and simply be like, ‘Hey, respect your self. Don’t do that. This isn’t the best way. It doesn’t look good.’”
He added: “I [also] get some individuals simply pouring out their life story to me about their residence life. There’s been instances that I’ve replied, after which it opened up an entire can of worms, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, nice. What [have] I performed?’ Persons are very, very open about their private lives.”
Whereas he could also be getting used to being shirtless on display screen, the American Pie Presents actor doesn’t must put on any lingerie for his partnership with Victoria’s Secret — however he wasn’t certain that might be the case when he initially scored the partnership.
“Upon first look, I wasn’t very educated on the gender-free assortment,” he advised Us. “I used to be like, ‘Am I going to be carrying underwear? Like, lingerie?’ Then, they confirmed me the road, and I used to be like, ‘Wow, that’s undoubtedly [stuff I’d be wearing].’ I’m very enthusiastic about that, and to be drawing consideration and empowering younger adults.”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi