Her love life is a roller coaster, her food fetishes dominate her every action, and her wardrobe consists of neon clothes and bright lipsticks. She’s Mindy Lahiri on FOX’s The Mindy Project, and here at the Lala we absolutely cannot get enough of her.
All the things we love about Mindy Lahiri we found to love even more so in Mindy Kaling, the actor, producer, and writer for The Mindy Project. Mindy may also look familiar from NBC’s show The Office where she played Kelly Kapoor. She’s had a series of truly fantastic opportunities and at 34-years-old, Mindy has earned six Emmy nominations as a writer and producer for The Office and is the first Indian-American to have her own network show. She’s also written a New York Times best-selling memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), which ranked #5 the same month it was published. Check out Amazon to get your copy of Mindy’s memoir.
After reading her book, we discovered Mindy Kaling isn’t your typical TV star. She graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and always aspired to break into the comedy scene. After she graduated, she moved to NYC to chase after her dream of being a comedy writer. In her book, Mindy goes into detail about her pre- and post-college life, unemployment as a post-grad, struggles with body image, sexuality, friendships, and everything in between.
So why do we have such a huge girl crush on Mindy Kaling? Well, after becoming devotees of The Mindy Project and falling even more in love with Mindy’s quirky personality while reading her book, we found that Mindy is a woman who is taking on many different roles in the media and addressing important issues. She’s a feminist and not afraid to flaunt it. Her confidence, courage, and passion drives what she does and you can clearly tell from her TV show, book, and interviews.
In an interview with Vulture, Mindy explained, “I never want to be called the funniest Indian female comedian that exists. I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to self-categorize myself into a smaller group that I’m able to compete in?”
Not only is she unmistakably determined and passionate, she realizes that she’s not the picturesque woman we normally visualize on TV. “I fall into that nebulous, quote-unquote, normal American woman size that legions of fashion stylists detest,” Mindy shares in her memoir. “I’m a size 8–this week anyways. Many stylists hate that size because I think to them it shows that I lack the discipline to be an ascetic; or the confident sassy abandon to be a total fatty hedonist.”
It’s no surprise that girls can resonate with Mindy. In fact, that Google asked Mindy to emcee Made With Code, a website encouraging girls to enter the coding community, which is an industry currently dominated by males. Although an actress endorsing coding seems a bit strange, Mindy explained to New York Magazine that “I got into computers for writing essays — for nothing other than opening up Microsoft Word. If me being involved somehow makes people think coding is cool, then great. I can’t think of anything I’d rather lend my name to.”
Basically, Mindy is our newest edition to the list of people we wish we could have dinner with. She keeps it real while keeping it hilarious.