ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
MEN'S FOLIO Malaysia|December 2021 / January 2022
Looking back on his year of milestones, Darren Barnet has plenty to be grateful for.
Asaph Low

Part Swedish-Japanese with German and Cherokee ancestral roots, American actor Darren Barnet looks so good he was judged for it at one point in his life. “I definitely faced a kind of, you know, ‘a book judged by its cover’ syndrome in high school,” shares Barnet in an interview with Page Six earlier this August. With perfectly coiffed curls, a boyish demeanour and a smouldering gaze all packed into a chiselled physique (in case you are wondering, check out Never Have I Ever), one is bound to have some bullets of envy coming his way.

Barnet is set to reprise his role as Paxton Hall-Yoshida, the love interest of the show’s lead Devi Vishwakumar as the Netflix coming-of-age comedy-drama has been officially renewed for a third season. Here is an interesting trivia about HallYoshida – “Yoshida” was added to the character’s original “ Paxton Hall” name after the creators of the show Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher learned about Barnet’s Japanese descent. Since the drama’s pilot, in which Barnet has had less than a handful of lines (we counted), he has gone on to score roles in the animated Netflix Film The Summit of the Gods as a voice actor and the recently aired Christmas rom-com Love Hard.

We speak to the Men’s Folio December/January ‘22 cover star about the time ahead.

We are at the tail end of the year. How would you describe 2021 for yourself?

Grateful. For being able to still do what I love in spite of the pandemic. I’m hopeful for what’s to come.

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