During an April 2020 interview with Vulture, Darren Barnet said that when he first auditioned for his role, the name of the character was just Paxton Hall. But after showrunners Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher overheard Barnet speaking Japanese with assistant director Yuko Ogata, they approached him to ask if they could change an aspect of the character's biography to match his own life: "My mom's Japanese and my grandma spoke to me growing up a little bit, and I took it in school for two years, so if I get a chance to do it, I like to practice it. Lang and Mindy came up to me and were like, 'Were you speaking Japanese with Yuko?' I was worried I was getting in trouble, because we went through this sensitivity training that was like, 'You can't do accents, you can't do impersonations.' But they were like, 'Do you mind if we make your character part Japanese?' That's how Paxton Hall-Yoshida was born."