Then, of course, there are things that Kelly (the ditzy, pop-culture-obsessed customer-service rep on NBC’s The Office) and Mindy (the 32-year-old Emmy-nominated writer/actress/producer who plays her) would both do. They would both star in a music video. (Most likely something involving Rihanna.) They’d both go to goop.com every day. (That’s the Gwyneth Paltrow site.) And they’d definitely both have something to say about the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries split. “It’s kind of like overwhelming my entire life,” Kaling laughs. She’s been called Tina Fey’s cool little sister. “Like, in a good way and a bad way.”
Boy, she sounds a lot like Kelly.
Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), is a cross between memoir and bite-size Twitter musings, of which Kaling has many. It chronicles her lifelong weight-loss battle, why being popular in high school doesn’t matter, as well as why she doesn’t have a sex life (because of Law & Order SVU). It’s funny, witty, and, as the New York Times put it, Nora Ephron-esque. It also might remind you a lot of Kaling’s denim body-suit wearing character. As the book hits shelves, the author talked toThe Daily Beast about the real Mindy Kaling. Excerpts:
TDB: So, seriously. What do you mean the Kardashians are overwhelming your life?
Kaling: I went on The View this morning and Kris Kardashian was there, you know, talking about the divorce. My friends, the drivers in my cars, people on the street, my parents, my family, my coworkers, everybody wants to talk about it. I mean, the fact that my parents like maybe know the difference between Kendall and Khloe Kardashian is amazing to me.
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