Poorna Jagannathan is set to topline Megan Griffiths’ latest feature. The “Never Have I Ever” actress will play an author who “has made a career of examining her own trauma” in “I’ll Show You Mine,” a Duplass Brothers Production. Variety broke the news.
Written by Tiffany Louquet, Elizabeth Searle, and David Shields, the dramedy sees Priya (Jagannathan) sitting down to interview her nephew Nic “for a new book about his history as a model who challenged gender norms and embraced his pansexuality in a very public forum. Their ensuing conversation, which takes place over the course of one intense weekend, forces each of them to reveal much more than expected and confront some of their most deeply hidden secrets,” the source summarizes.
“Making this film has been a beautiful, collaborative journey,” Griffiths said in a statement. “We started with a fantastic script, and every member of our team contributed to creating an environment that was conducive to vulnerability and risky, revealing performances. Many of us have spent time on sets with the late Lynn Shelton, and her ethos felt very present throughout the making of this project.”
Griffiths’ other features include “Sadie,” “Lucky Them,” “Eden,” and “The Off Hours.” “Panic,” “Trinkets,” and “Room 104” are among her small screen credits. She directed “Her Effortless Brilliance,” a 2020 tribute to late filmmaker Shelton, Griffiths’ mentor and collaborator.
“The best advice I’ve ever received is to do the work to understand yourself as a person, and as a filmmaker — every film is personal and the more you understand what you bring to the table, the more you can infuse it in your work to create films that could only come from you,” Griffiths told us.
Jagannathan stars as Dr. Nalini Vishnakumar — AKA Devi’s mom — in “Never Have I Ever.” Netflix has renewed the coming-of-age comedy about an Indian American highschooler for a second season set to premiere in July. “We’re so used to seeing the life of white teenagers documented on screen. We’ve grown up knowing about their struggles, their headspace, and their internal life, endlessly portrayed in movie after movie. And not that teens of color grapple with totally different things — being a teenager is somewhat a universal thing. But it’s refreshing to see a show with teenagers of color have to add their race and culture into the mix, on top of everything else,” Jagannathan told Asia Society. “The notion of belonging is really important as a teen and is definitely heightened when it comes to teens of color.”
“Defending Jacob,” “Big Little Lies,” and “The Night Of” are among Jagannathan’s other credits.