Surprisingly, the best quote from the panel discussion at the Paleyfest event for FOX’s breakout comedy hit, The Mindy Project, isn’t a joke. The show’s creator, executive producer, writer and star Mindy Kaling explains why she doesn’t get a lot of sleep:
“The thing is that when you’re literally living your life’s dream you don’t want to be sleeping,” she said during the show’s PaleyFest 2013 panel at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. “You want to be awake.”
And her life certainly does sound like a dream with her show being picked up for a second season, reprising her role for the finale of The Office and working on a second book, Kaling has a lot to look forward to.
The Mindy Project. Despite some not-so-stellar rating, the medical comedy will be returning for its second season. The show stars Kaling, Chris Messina and Ed Weeks as the doctors of an OB/GYN practice in New York City. With guest stars like Seth Rogen and, most recently announced, Chloe Sevigny the show is picking up steam in Hollywood. Ike Barinholtz, who plays Morgan on the show, told fans that Messina’s character pretends like he’s in charge when his ex-wife, played by Sevigny, is around, but when they’re alone he breaks down.
“It’s so true with so many people in your life that you have this weird sexual chemistry with,” Barinholtz starts to get passionate, “It’s a chemical thing, it’s like a pheromone or something that you’re not yourself anymore-”
Kaling interrupts, “You’re getting too excited about this.” And the audience can’t help laughing at the chemistry that will carry on through the second season.
The Office. Kaling got her start as a writer for The Office and was then given the role of Dunder Mifflin’s customer service representative, Kelly Kapoor. And even though she left the hit show to create her own, she will be returning as Kelly on the show’s series finale. “I just read the pages,” said Kaling, “it’s an amazing episode.” But what did her co-star Barinholtz have to say about her return? “That’s great! Once you shoot it, let’s not talk about The Office anymore.”
The new book. After her debut as a writer with the book Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) fans were eagerly waiting for more. The good news? Kaling is already planning to work on her second book over the break between seasons. “This year has been crazy,” Kaling shares with the audience, “I’ve had the lowest lows and the highest highs this past, like, 16 months.” So be sure to clear a space on your bookshelf because, according to Kaling, the release is about a year-and-a-half away.
The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays on FOX at 9:30PM.
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