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Never Have I Ever Season 4 Needed More Ethan Morales


Michael Cimino brought real heart to bad boy Ethan Morales on Never Have I Ever. So why wasn’t there more of him in the final season?

Never Have I Ever. Michael Cimino as Ethan in episode 403 of Never Have I Ever.
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This article contains spoilers for Never Have I Ever season 4.

Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) has had a lot of love interests throughout Netflix’s comedy-drama series Never Have I Ever. From the love triangle of her, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), and Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), to the intermediary love interest of Des (Anirudh Pisharody) in season three, Devi has no issues attracting young men of all types. It made complete sense then that the show brought another heartthrob into the picture for the first half of the final season. Ethan Morales (Michael Cimino) is a bad boy in every sense of the word. Ethan likes to vandalize vehicles, manipulate situations to his advantage, and win women over with his incredible smile and toned physique. He also showed he was capable of empathy and being a good partner to Devi throughout his short stint on the show. 

This is why his miniscule presence in the fourth season was a glaring “what if?” as the show came to a close. Ethan was used as a plot device for Devi, showing her growth and better sense of judgment throughout the show. Most of the time in the earlier seasons, Devi wouldn’t be able to resist a man like Ethan. His tempting orbit would attract even the most focused of people, and certainly someone so excited to join a romantic union like Devi. He served his purpose as a distraction while Devi wrapped her head around Paxton being in her past and Ben being in her future. But considering the acting talents of Cimino and the vital Latino representation of the character, perhaps Ethan’s flat characterization should have been rounded out much better. 

The casting team behind Never Have I Ever made sure they had one thing in mind when choosing Cimino to play Ethan Morales: they must pick someone who is otherworldly beautiful … and that’s the end of the requirements. Even the straightest male on the planet can see that Cimino is no mere man, but a young actor who has charisma and physical traits that are God-given. 

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