Image by Ari Michelson for Parade Magazine
Just when we thought we couldn’t love Mindy Kaling more than we already do, her honest and spot-on answers in her new Parade cover story has sent our crush-o-meter into overdrive. In the interview, Mindy — who currently holds the triple-title of being creator, star, and lead writer of The Mindy Project — talks about her show, friends and family, and sweet Spanish-style LA home, but also hits on the undercurrents of othering and sexism that she encounters when talking about her work.
On standing out in the white male-dominated comedy world:
“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”
On the attention paid to her appearance
“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘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?’”
Mindy, please be our best friend.
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