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Jaren Lewison (born December 2000[1]) is an American actor, best known for his role as Ben Gross in 2020 Netflix series, Never Have I Ever.

Early life and education

Jaren Lewison grew up in Dallas, Texas in a Jewish family. He has one sister named Mikayla. For 14 years, he attended Levine Academy, a Conservative Jewish day school in Dallas[2] where his mother teaches kindergarten but graduated in 2019 from J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.[3] In high school, he was captain of the varsity American football team and was a varsity powerlifter.[4] He also did theater. As a senior, he portrayed William Shakespeare in his school's adaptation of the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love, and the production was chosen to perform at the 2019 International Thespian Festival.[5][6][7]

In 2019, he began attending college at the University of Southern California, where he is majoring in psychology with minors in forensics and criminology.[8] He filmed Never Have I Ever (TV series)|Never Have I Ever while being a full-time student at USC. He is involved in the Hillel at USC.[9]

Acting career

Lewison began acting at 5 years old, when his after-care had a theatre group come who connected him with representation. After giving his name to a Dallas film and TV agent, he got his first role as Joshua on Barney & Friends, whom he played in various episodes and videos from 2008 to 2011.[8][10] He has acted in various TV series, TV movies, and films since. Some of these roles included playing Adam Sandler's son in the 2014 film, Men, Women & Children.[8] He also played the younger version of the main character Hoagie, whom Ed Helms portrayed, in the 2018 comedy film Tag.[11]

His largest role to date was on the main cast as Ben Gross in Mindy Kaling's 2020 Netflix show, Never Have I Ever.[12]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 Barney & Friends Joshua 4 episodes, 3 home videos (2009-2011)
2010 Lone Star Young Robert 1 episode, "Pilot"
2012 Bad Fairy Roman DiRizzo TV movie
2015 Away and Back Kyle Peterson TV movie
2020 Never Have I Ever Ben Gross Main cast

Film

Year Title Role
2014 Men, Women & Children Jack Truby
2015 Beyond the Farthest Star Young Adam
2015 A Horse Tale Jackson
2018 Tag 18-Year-Old Hoagie
2019 90 Feet from Home Young Tommy

References

  1. 18 Things to Know About Jaren Lewison from ‘Never Have I Ever’
  2. Got Mitzvah? Yeah we do!
  3. Jaren Lewison Tells Us How His ‘Never Have I Ever’ Role Is a Dream Come True
  4. Never Have I Ever’s Two Heartthrobs Are Team Each Other
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