Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest women on television and she continues to prove that with her new show on Fox called The Mindy Project. The Mindy project follows a single, young female doctor who has a thriving career but is unsuccessful when it comes to her romantic relationships.
Like many delusional women, Mindy, on the show, wants her relationships to be just like the ones she sees in rom-coms.
Prior to starring in her own show, Mindy wrote episodes for The Office and also starred on the show. She is the bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, and continues to bring the humor on panel after promotional panel. When it comes to comedy, Kailing, a fan favorite, is the real deal. You don't wanna miss her hilarious new show! Here's what she told me at Fox's Fall lineup premiere event.
POTP: Is it challenging creating a character that's entertaining and likable who also has your name? Is that a little extra pressure?
Mindy: You know it's funny. In the first draft of it, [me and my character] didn't share the same name. That was Kevin Reilley's idea, but I actually really love it because I think… I mean people would have always thought it was me anyway. Lucille Ball, she was not Lucy on the show but it just made an immediacy that just seemed worth it for the show.
POTP: Are there things that you refuse to do on TV?
Mindy: So far, no! I have done so many things that I can't imagine even a year ago that I would have done. I'm always trying to challenge myself and my writing staff does too. They're making me do crazy stuff. I think it's nice, it's cool! It's different from The Office, for sure.
POTP: Do you think Rom-coms make women delusional about relationships at all?
Mindy: I think it gives women distorted ideas of what love should look like, of what the men should look like and how relationships are. I think men also see them too and they also have the same [effect on men]. They're so entertaining and I love them so much, but ya, they're bad!
POTP: I know you get this a lot, but where did the name of the show come from?
Mindy: The name is something we tried to find for a really really long time and this sort of seemed like an informational, not too flashy name of a show. Which also I kind of loved because it's about the project of this girl, maybe this woman kind of maturing and hopefully becoming a more realized person because she's a little bit in an arrested development.
The Mindy Project premieres this Tuesday at 9:30PM on Fox following New Girl.