7 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MINDY KALING
You may know Mindy as a TV writer and star from her long running role on the hit sitcom The Office and her namesake comedy, The Mindy Project which she created and starred in. With The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling became the first Indian-American actor with her own show. In 2010, Mindy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for The Office and has also wrote two New York Times bestselling memoirs, 2011’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and 2015’s Why Not Me?. But Mindy is more than a TV creator, star and author. In no particular order, here’s seven things you didn’t know about Mindy Kaling!
#1 Not only has Mindy spent her career starring as memorable TV sitcom characters, she’s named after one! Her actual first name is Vera, but she has always been called by her middle name “Mindy.” Her parents named after the character from the classic sitcom, Mork & Mindy.
#2 Mindy told Ellen that while on a press tour for the Disney feature A Wrinkle In Time, Oprah accidentally leaked the news of Mindy’s pregnancy to their co-star, Reese Witherspoon and director, Ava DuVerney!
#3 Two months after her baby, Katherine was born, Mindy told Stephen Colbert on the Late Show that Oprah more than made it up to her for that gaffe with a pretty amazing baby gift to that only Oprah can give! Most baby gifts come in wrapping paper, Oprah’s gift came in a U-Haul!
#4 Mindy’s very first TV gig was an intern at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She admitted to Conan years later that she was a terrible intern and did a lot more stalking than photocopying!
#5 Not only is she a TV star, she’s also a sports team owner! Mindy is a 1% owner of Swansea City AFC, a Welsh soccer team based in Swansea, Wales. Alongside her A Wrinkle In Time co-stars, Oprah and Reese, Mindy shared on the UK show, Lorriane that it was Oprah who inspired her to invest in the team.
#6 Mindy real life mom was an OB/GYN and inspired her character’s career on The Mindy Project. Mindy’s real life parents even appeared in an episode of The Office as the parents of Mindy’s character, Kelly in an episode she wrote about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
#7 Mindy hates being asked about why she’s so confident. She once said that question is really asking “You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?” Writing, acting and producing triple threat, inspired investor, terrible TV intern but amazing TV trailblazer, Oprah bestie and unapologetically self assured – those are seven things that you didn’t know about Mindy Kaling!