Mindy Kaling may be most recognizable for her role as Kelly on The Office, but she's also one of the show's writers and has so much more in the works.
Mindy Kaling may be most recognizable for her role as Kelly on The Office, but she's also one of the show's writers and has so much more in the works. Kaling is working on a book, writing a romantic comedy, and she's also appearing on the big screen alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached. I caught up with her at the Winter TCA to talk about everything that's on her plate, including the return of her girl group, Subtle Sexuality!
What's coming for Kelly during the rest of the season on The Office?
Mindy Kaling: It's funny because Kelly appears in episodes at the last minute to tell a funny joke. She doesn't have arcs or anything really. She'll get in a few good jokes but in a lot of ways, she's like a Simpsons cartoon. Not a lot of things happen to her — maybe one or two things in the season. I don't know though. She might get promoted but we're still not sure. That'd be kind of funny.
How was it working with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher on No Strings Attached?
MK: Well, I only had that one scene with Ashton, but every day on set people would say, "Ashton got a masseuse for everyone on set!" or "Ashton got a juice truck for the cast and crew today!" And even though Natalie has been acting since she was like 10, in her heart, she's just a nice Jewish girl from Long Island whose dad is a doctor and went to Harvard. She just felt like someone I grew up with. She's so East Coast. Her parents really emphasized her education. I got along with her really well. She's completely an unpretentious kind of girl.
Was it fun to film?
MK: Yeah, you know, all of my scenes were with Greta Gerwig and Natalie, which was amazing because I love those girls. It was just a dream.
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