Whether you’re a fan of her quick-witted humor, or the way she keeps it real with in interviews, it’s safe to say there are plenty of reasons why Mindy Kaling is one of the most beloved celebrities around.
To celebrate the mastermind behind The Mindy Project, we’re giving you seven surprising facts about Mindy Kaling. Check them out below!
1. She once worked as an intern for Conan O’Brien.
Like many of us, Mindy Kaling paid her dues in her younger years by interning, but according to the actress, she wasn’t the best at her job when she was working on Conan O’Brien’s show! In an interview with the late night host back in 2012, Kaling revealed that she was “a terrible intern.”
“I wanted to work there not to learn how to photocopy things, but to watch you…because you’re such a genius…so I wouldn’t do my things that I was hired to do, but I would kind of just follow you around,” confessed Kaling.
2. She once wrote a play about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
The play, aptly titled Matt & Ben, was set in 1995 and showcased the friends as struggling actors before they made it big. Kaling starred in the play with her co-writer, Brenda Withers, and it actually garnered quite the Off-Broadway buzz! In fact, after watching her performance in the show, The Office executive producer Greg Daniels decided to bring her on to the NBC sitcom as a writer and actor.
3. She made history with The Mindy Project.
There are plenty of reasons to look up to Mindy Kaling, but one of the things we love most about her is how she’s been able to break down barriers. According to Deadline, actress made history with The Mindy Project by becoming the first and only woman of color to run and star in her own network show.
4. She was partially inspired by The Office when crafting The Mindy Project.
In an interview with EW back in 2012, Kaling revealed that she considers her hit Hulu series to be “a reaction to The Office in terms of the way it’s shot.” Additionally, Kaling said the relationships on her show are similar to Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) story on The Office, but with a twist. “[The characters are so deeply good and in many ways don’t have a ton of flaws…and I love that Much Ado About Nothing, passionate, smart, fighting,” explained Kaling. “That didn’t really happen much on The Office.
5. She had an understandably emotional reaction to hearing the pitch for Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out..
In fact, producer Jonas Rivera told Toronto Star that Kaling started tearing up during the spiel. “She started to tear up as we were pitching her, and we said, ‘Are you okay?’ And she said, ‘Just the fact that you’re making a movie that tells little girls it’s hard to grow up and it’s okay to be sad about things, its really profound.’ ”
6. She may have a third book in the works.
Kaling’s two memoirs have shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller lists, but the actress might be looking to go in a new direction for her third book. Kaling revealed back in 2015 that she was currently working on writing a book with her BFF and fellow The Office co-star, B.J. Novak. “It’s not a tell-all,” said Kaling in an Instagram post. “What I CAN tell you [is it] will be super cool and funny and even better than that. For now we are researching.”
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