‘Never Have I Ever’ Star Darren Barnet on Season 2 Shirtless Montage

  • “Never Have I Ever” star Darren Barnet spoke to Insider about Paxton’s shirtless montage on season two.
  • He was “freezing” while filming and sprayed with water and glycerin to appear as though he was sweating.
  • He also “did like 200 push-ups” right before filming and listened to “Pony” by Ginuwine to get pumped.

“Never Have I Ever” star Darren Barnet shared the details behind Paxton Hall-Yoshida’s shirtless montage from season two of the Netflix teen show.

The moment occurred during episode five, as Paxton tried to study for a bio test. Bored and looking for any excuse to stop flipping through flashcards, he realized that the table was wobbly. So, he whipped out power tools and began leveling out the legs of the table, shirtless while wiping sweat off his forehead and blowing away sawdust in slow-motion.

“It was hilarious,” Barnet told Insider via

on Tuesday. “It was even more hilarious doing it because I’m dripping in sweat in the shot, but in reality, it was inside of a soundstage, the door was open, it was still winter, so it was cold outside and they were spraying me with water and glycerin.”

Even though the scene looked steamy on the show, Barnet said that he was “freezing” while filming.

“They were playing ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine in the background to get me into the mood of it, and it was really funny,” the actor added. “Everyone was cracking up.”

Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall-Yoshida on season two of "Never Have I Ever."


Darren Barnet on season two, episode five of “Never Have I Ever.”


Barnet, who previously broke down his “NHIE” fitness routine in an interview with Men’s Health, said that he exercised shortly before filming his shirtless scene.

“I did like 200 push-ups right before we started rolling just to try and get that natural pump,” he said.

As part of his role as a teen heartthrob and champion swimmer on “NHIE,” Barnet has had his fair share of shirtless scenes. Playing Paxton requires Barnet to stay in shape, which is something that the actor doesn’t mind because it was “definitely easy to get lazy during quarantine.”

“I’m not going to lie and say that I love it,” Barnet said, “but if I’m going to the gym regularly, it becomes a habit and then it becomes easier. I do miss going to the gym and having an outlet like that, so it’s been a challenge to stay self-motivated, but the show has helped me do that.”

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