Exclusive Interview: Never Have I Ever star Lee Rodriguez “characters like Fabiola are very necessary & important”

With the fourth and final season of the hit series Never Have I Ever created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher now streaming globally on Netflix, The Queer Review’s editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with the show’s lead cast Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Lee Rodriguez, and Ramona Young about saying their goodbyes to the series.

Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres in season four of Never Have I Ever. Photo credit: Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2023.

Lee Rodriguez, who has played Fabiola Torres across the four seasons, shared her thoughts on seeing a queer character who is loved, supported and accepted by her fellow high schoolers, saying “I think that’s awesome and something really cool to see on screen and it’s inspired so many other people to be able to come out.”

Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres and Terry Hu as Addison in season four of Never Have I Ever. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2023.

“I think characters like Fabiola are very necessary and important”, Rodriguez continued. Reflecting on the final season, the actress added, “I really enjoyed the whole college process and all of us not really knowing where we’re going to end up, then everything ending up in a really happy place.”

Ramona Young as Eleanor Wong in her Anna May Wong-inspired prom look, with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi and Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres in the final season of Never Have I Ever. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023.

Rodriguez’s co-star Ramona Young, who portrays Eleanor Wong on the show, revealed details about her character’s prom costume in season four, saying: “I love my prom look; the makeup, the hair, and the gown. It was inspired by Anna May Wong and so a lot of the elements were incorporated from old Hollywood. I was so excited.”

Ramona Young, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Lee Rodriguez attend Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” season 4 premiere in Los Angeles. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix.
Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan attend Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” season 4 premiere in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Netflix.

All four seasons of Never Have I Ever are streaming on Netflix now.

Watch our full Never Have I Ever season four interview with Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young below, along with our conversations with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison, and Darren Barnet; and Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani:

Never Have I Ever Stars Lee Rodriguez & Ramona Young on the 4th & final season
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison & Darren Barnet on the Never Have I Ever love triangle
Poorna Jagannathan & Richa Moorjani on the final season of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever

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