Darren Barnet

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Darren Barnet
Darren Charles Barnet

(1991-04-27) April 27, 1991 (age 30)
EducationBerry College (BA)
RelativesCharlie Barnet (grandfather)

Darren Charles Barnet (born April 27, 1991) is an American actor who is known for playing Paxton Hall-Yoshida in the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. He also has a lead role in the film American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules.

Early life and education[edit]

Darren Charles Barnet was born on April 27, 1991, in Los Angeles.[1][2] His mother is of Swedish and Japanese descent, and his father has German and Cherokee ancestry.[3][4] Barnet's grandfather was swing musician Charlie Barnet.[4] Barnet has an older and younger sister.[2]

Barnet and his mother relocated to the suburbs of Orlando, Florida at the age of 12.[5][6] He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 2009, where he was the lacrosse team captain.[7] He graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, where he acted in plays and short films.[1][5][8][9] He wanted to be an actor since the age of five, but did not seriously pursue acting until college.[5][6] He speaks Japanese and conversational Spanish, and studied French.[1][2]


After graduating in 2013, Barnet returned to Los Angeles to become an actor. He worked at SoulCycle on Sunset Boulevard as a bike attendant and front desk associate.[2] He also got his California real estate license in May 2015.[2] He made his acting debut in 2017.[10] In 2019, Barnet was cast in the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. He portrays Paxton Hall-Yoshida, the love interest of Devi, the show's lead.[11][3]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 This Is Us Young Jack Episode: "The Right Thing to Do"
Criminal Minds Zach Bower Episode: "Unforgettable"
S.W.A.T. Corby Episode: "Imposters"
2018 Turnt Hot Seth 17 episodes
Instakiller Joey Lifetime TV Movie
2019 Family Reunion Floyd Episode: "Remember the First Day of School?"
2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wilfred "Freddy" Malick 2 episodes
2020–present Never Have I Ever Paxton Hall-Yoshida Main role
TBD Blue Eye Samurai Voice only; series regular
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles Yuichi Usagi Voice only; lead voice role


Year Title Role Notes
2020 American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules Grant
2021 Untitled Horror Movie Max
Love Hard Tag Abbott
TBD Apophenia Peter Filming


  1. ^ a b c "Interview MARVEL Star on Mindy Kaling's New Netflix Show!". Diversity MBA Magazine. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e McGregor, Tait (May 1, 2020). "We've Compiled A Complete Guide With Every Little Fact About Yr New Crush Darren Barnet From 'Never Have I Ever'". MTV. Archived from the original on May 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  3. ^ a b Heilbronn, Leora. "Interview: Never Have I Ever's Darren Barnet". Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Meet Asian American heartthrob Darren Barnet, Internet's new crush | The Star". The Star. July 3, 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  5. ^ a b c Bergado, Gabe (27 April 2020). ""NHIE" Star Darren Barnet on Thirst Traps and How Paxton Hall-Yoshida Became Part Japanese". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  6. ^ a b "Never Have I Ever's Darren Barnet is more than just a pretty face". Metro. 2020-04-27. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  7. ^ Christiansen, Kathleen (April 15, 2020). "Dr. Phillips grad stars in Mindy Kaling's new Netflix show". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  8. ^ "The Quarantined Talent: Darren Barnet Works on His Upcoming Projects". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  9. ^ "Berry College announces Spring Class of 2013". Northwest Georgia News. May 11, 2013. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  10. ^ "Darren Barnet". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  11. ^ "Everything you need to know about Netflix's new teen drama Never Have I Ever". Inews.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-28.

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