Mindy Kaling

Actress, Writer
While it was on the U. S. television iteration of the popular sitcom "The Office" (NBC, 2004-2013) that Mindy Kaling first became known to audiences, it was the seemingly unlimited abilities of this talented ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mindy Project 2005 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Office 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Talking Dead 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Office: Retrospective Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

Vaneetha (Actor)

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

Taffyta Muttonfudge (Voice)

Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Shira (Actor)

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Tourist Mom (Actor)

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

Shelly (Actor)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

Restaurant Hostess (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

Biography

While it was on the U. S. television iteration of the popular sitcom "The Office" (NBC, 2004-2013) that Mindy Kaling first became known to audiences, it was the seemingly unlimited abilities of this talented actress-writer-producer that made her one of the most sought-after young talents in Hollywood. Initially hired as a staff writer on the series, Kaling soon found herself thrust in front of the camera in the role of the chatty, self-absorbed Kelly Kapoor. As both Kaling's character and her scripted episodes gained popularity, she rose through the ranks behind the scenes on the series, later becoming an executive producer for "The Office." Soon she was appearing in such films as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), "License to Wed" (2007) and "No Strings Attached" (2011), in addition to publishing a comedic memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) that same year. After eight memorable seasons on "The Office," Kaling departed to embark on her next adventure, as the star and executive producer of the sitcom "The Mindy Project" (Fox, 2012-15). Possessed with enough talent and charm for three people, Kaling was merely at the start of what was sure to be a long and enviable career.

Relationships

Swati Chokalingam

Mother
Inspired character on Fox sitcom "The Mindy Project"

B.J. Novak Co-Executive Producer

Companion
Co-starred on NBC's "The Office" No longer together

EDUCATION

Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1997
A private school

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 2001
Member of the improvisational comedy troupe "The Dog Day Players" and the a cappella group "The Rockapellas"; creator of the comic strip in The Dartmouth college newspaper titled "Badly Drawn Girl"

Milestones

2015

Co-starred in the Pixar comedy "Inside Out" as the personification of Disgust in the brain of a young girl.

2012

Created, executive produced, and played lead on Fox single-camera comedy "The Mindy Project"; character based on her mother Swati

2012

Cast opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"

2011

Released the memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

2010

Voiced the character of Tourist Mom in the animated film "Despicable Me"

2005

Cast as Kelly Kapoor on the NBC sitcom "The Office"; made first appearance on the episode "Diversity Day"

2005

First onscreen role in a feature film, playing the object of Paul Rudd's unwanted affections in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin"

2004

Hired as a writer and performer for the U.S. version of "The Office" (NBC)

2002

Co-wrote the hit off-Broadway play "Matt & Ben" with Brenda Withers; also played Ben Affleck

Bonus Trivia

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"Besides playing Mindy [in 'The Mindy Project'], playing Ben Affleck was my most favorite role. The character had these sensitivities that were just a dream as a writer and actor, and they weren't the same insecurities that I, as a woman, would have. This guy was really comfortable in his skin and his body. It was so freeing." – Kaling quoted in Emmy magazine, Issue No. 4, 2012

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"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 than I’m able to compete in?" – Kaling quoted in New York magazine, Sept. 17, 2012

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