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In our question and answer series POPSUGAR Crush, we get to know some of the most intimate details of our favorite celebrities, from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they’ve ever received. This month, we are in love I have never star Darren Barnet.
If you have seen Netflix’s I have neverYou probably passed out for Darren Barnet AKA Paxton. And don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. From that luscious hair to his gorgeous smile and let’s not forget those abs, there is so much to admire about him. Sadly for us, Darren seems to be in a relationship already, but if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to date him, we highly recommend that you read on.
The second season of I have never it ends with Paxton and Devi going public with their relationship. Now that you are officially dating, what relationship advice would you give Paxton?
Stop worrying about what your friends and the public think about the relationship. I know this is all that he has never been with a girl who is so low on the social totem and his friends are certainly not after it and I know they have been through his struggles and she played with him, but just not. careful. If it makes you happy, it makes you happy.
I know we are still waiting for a renewal, but if there was a third season of I have neverWhat would you like to see next for Devi and Paxton?
I would love to see the fact that they are together as an exclusive couple play out. That will bring a whole new set of challenges, and I think there is a lot more to explore. There is so much more for Devi to learn about Paxton, for Paxton to learn about himself, and for Devi to learn about herself. And when all of that materializes, who knows? They may fall in love or realize that they are better as friends or completely hate each other, so you never really know.
Let’s figure this out once and for all: Are you Team Paxton or Team Ben?
I always see this question as an unavoidable trap, so I will go for Team Devi.
What was the first celebrity you fell in love with?
My first love for celebrities was Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham).
What is your characteristic aroma or your favorite cologne?
I love Yves Saint Laurent and there is another one that I love named CJ Black.
What is your order for coffee / tea to go?
The tea would be a green tea with ginger and the coffee would be an oatmeal latte with powdered cinnamon on top.
What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?
I haven’t traveled much, to be honest. It’s interesting that just before the pandemic was when I got the show, and before that, I was too broke to do anything. I was too broke to go shopping for guacamole at Chipotle, so I haven’t traveled much, and then the quarantine hit. But more recently, I went to New Orleans, and I loved it! I have a trip to Costa Rica to come so I hope it will be one that registers in the books.
Have a favorite pickup line? If so, what is it?
“Hello.” It’s about being natural. The harder you try to break the ice, the more you will fall through it.
What is your biggest dislike / excitement?
My biggest dislike is a girl who is always on her phone or always on social media and someone who does something for you expecting something in return, can’t really stand that. That is a matter of concern for all people. Active, I love intense eye contact. That really grabs me, and I love a girl who doesn’t try to sway her opinions on things to try to please me. If you have an opinion, you have an opinion. Fight me if you want.
What would your dating profile say about you?
“Hello, please send a message for more information.”
What is your ideal first date?
It is definitely not a movie. How uncomfortable is it to sit next to someone in silence for two hours that you have no idea about anything? I’d say something active. I love a walk or a walk in nature. That can be really good. A walk in nature, and then I would say a good lunch on a boardwalk or on a beach to finish it off. You can learn a lot about a person.
What is your outfit for the first date?
Probably a good pair of jeans, very clean Chuck Taylors. I love Chuck Taylors, I just do it, and a nice button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, showing maybe a little chest.
Are you likely to take the first step? If so, what is it?
God, I really don’t know. I was notoriously shy around girls growing up and I still think I might have some of that lingering. I think it’s like, “Hey!” If I see someone I’ve been drawing attention to, it would be like, “Hey, I noticed we were seeing eye contact. I just want to introduce myself. Hi.” Otherwise, no, I think it would probably be a chicken and wait for them to approach me.
What is the most romantic thing that you have done or that has been done for you?
Mmmm, good sir, there are so many. [laughs] Oh my God. Oh oh, this is great, this is great. This was when I was seven, but it was wonderful. There was a girl that I was very much in love with, or who loved children, or whatever her name was, and she picked her a flower every day. I was walking to school, I would pick her a flower and give it to her, a little flower from the grass, right? And then it kept bothering me a lot that they didn’t smell good because they were little grass flowers. So I brought him a flower and said, “Tomorrow’s flower is going to smell great, just wait.” And I went home and took the flower and then I doused it with my mom’s perfume and took it to school so I could give her a flower that smelled good. Very proud of that.
What’s the best love advice you’ve ever received?
You can never fully love someone or understand their love for you until you learn to love yourself. I think it is very dangerous to get into a relationship, and I think that many people get into a relationship because they long for the feeling of love and acceptance and they believe that it will fill the void. The void is created by you and can only be filled by you, and anything you express your love about afterward and anyone you have a crush on will only reap the benefits of that anyway.
Season two of I have never is now available on Netflix.