Apr. 27 2020
Never have we ever filmed a Netflix show… but Richa Moorjani has. The Never Have I Ever actress was chosen by Mindy Kaling after submitting an audition via Instagram—now she’s got a lead role in the comedy, which follows the women of an Indian American family. (Mindy based it on her own teen years, so you know it’s going to be good…)
Never Have I Ever premieres today on Netflix, so we asked Richa to describe her typical pre-quarantine morning routine on the show’s set… and since it’s already getting rave reviews, we fully expect a Season 2 update once Hollywood can get back to work.
5:45 A.M. I always start my day with a cup of hot water with lemon. It detoxifies the digestive system, boosts immunity, and wakes up the body and mind. My mom and grandmother have been doing it for years, so it’s become an unbreakable habit for me. That, along with some raw nuts or a banana, is all I have before I leave my house. Then I eat a full breakfast on set.
6 A.M. Luckily, all I have to do is shower and put on my comfy clothes before I leave home, because my hair, makeup, and wardrobe are all waiting for me on set! But I do try to make time to do a little yoga or meditation to ground myself before I leave.
7 A.M. Right when I arrive [to set] I’m rushed into hair and makeup, where I read my script and think about the scene we are shooting that day. The hair and makeup trailer is one of my favorite places on set, because the ladies I work with make me laugh so much. It’s a place to share stories, vent about things, and relax before preparing to shoot.
8 A.M. I work with my acting coach on finding more ways of connecting to the character. I related to my character Kamala from the very beginning, so it didn’t take too much time for me to understand her. What I had to work on the most was her accent, and working on that served as a bridge between me and Kamala… it helped me feel more connected to [her character].
9:30 A.M. My favorite part of being on set (besides the food) is watching the other cast and crew work. It always amazes me to see how much every single individual on set matters to the creative process and the final product.
11 A.M. It’s a full creative process with the cast and crew, and this is when I’m discovering new things about the episode that I may not have thought of during my process alone.