ⓘ Jaren Lewison
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 where his mom teaches kindergarten but graduated in 2019 from Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. In high school, he was captain of the varsity football team and was a varsity powerlifter. He also did theater. As a senior, he portrayed William Shakespeare in his schools adaptation of the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love, and the production was chosen to perform at the 2019 International Thespian Festival.
In 2019, he began attending college at the University of Southern California, where he is majoring in psychology. He filmed Never Have I Ever while being a full-time student at USC. He is involved in the Hillel at USC.
1. 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. He has acted in various TV series, TV movies, and films since. Some of these roles included playing Adam Sandlers son in the 2014 film, Men, Women & Children. He also played the younger version of the main character Hoagie, whom Ed Helms portrayed, in the 2018 comedy film Tag.
His largest role to date was on the main cast as Ben Gross in Mindy Kalings 2020 Netflix show, Never Have I Ever.