Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Mindy Kaling: 'calling me chubby cannot hurt me in the way it does millions of women'

rexfeatures-3748236bd.jpg
rexfeatures-3670626u.jpg

In a recent interview with the Guardian, Mindy Kaling, the writer and star of The Mindy Project, addressed her "chubby" label.

While Kaling said she considers herself "chubby" (admitting she has "tough standards about women's bodies") she claims not to be by the word.

"Maybe because I have professional confidence that comes from my business, but calling me chubby cannot hurt me in the way it does so many, many girls, millions of women."

The comedian also revealed that while it might appear that she's had lots of good luck and big breaks, when she was first offered the chance to produce her own sketch show by a network, based on her, she was then asked to audition for the role of herself.

Rather humiliatingly she didn't win the part, as she said she was considered to be "attractive or funny enough" to play herself.

But Kaling got the last laugh, as she then went on to write for the US version of the hit show The Office (starring Steve Carrell in Ricky Gervais' David Brent part).

She was the only female writer to seven other male writers, and also played the part of Kelly Kapoor on the show.

However, one of the major setbacks to her career came when she didn't win a part on Saturday Night Live.

Mindy Kaling with co-stars Chris Messina, right, and Ed Weeks, left

Although she was offered a writing role by the producer of SNL, Lorne Michaels, she had to turn it down as she'd promised the producer of The Office, Greg Daniels, she'd only accept a performing part.

"That had been the dream of mine, and I didn't get it. Lorne Michaels thought I was funny and offered me a job as a writer… But Greg said: 'I won't let you go because you have a job here, and you're an actress.' It was heartbreaking to fly there and fly back, and kinda know that I didn't get it, and shut that door."

When asked in the interview about her profanity-laden response to being questioned on women of colour on her show ("I'm a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network television show"), she said that she regrets swearing.

"I learned that if you have something important to say, you shouldn't swear, because when it's taken out of context it seems like you're out of control and you're furious."

However, she does recognise the importance of being a role model and understands that she is someone to whom other minority girls can look up to.

"I get angry with people in the public eye who say they're not a role model, and they don't want people to look up to them. Because it's incorrect. It's important for me to be someone people look up to – most directly, minority girls who want to do what I do. Maybe it's narcissistic, but I think it's important."

And for fans of the show there's good news: The Mindy Project returns later this month on E4. Set your reminders now.

Mindy Kaling's 5 best quotes:

On being asked why there weren't more minorities represented on her show: "I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I'm just gonna say it: 'I'm a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network television show, OK?'"

From Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: "There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it."

"I say if you love something, set it in a small cage and pester and smother it with love until it either loves you back or dies."

On Instagram trolls: "It's like, I went to college. How could I be offended by someone who talks about what you look like? I wouldn't even deem you a person I'd speak to."

"Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched."

Related

rexfeatures-3615889ai.jpg

Mindy Kaling slams critics who say her show is not diverse

hero-lenadunham-authorpics.jpg

Lena Dunham shares pictures from personal photo shoot

lyons-premere-hero.jpg

'I'm probably Lena Dunham's biggest fan' Jenna Lyons on her 'Girls' cameo

lena-dunham-archie-comic-series-hero.jpg

Lena Dunham to write four-part Archie Comic series

lena-snl-hero3.jpg

Watch the best moments from Lena Dunham's Saturday Night Live

rexfeatures-2132354ac.jpg

Lena Dunham on why she may quit acting

Comments

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Anna Kendrick's new love to a Destiny's Child reunion

by Nicola Colyer
17 Feb 2017

Amanda Knox reveals the truth about relationships in prison

"Relationships help keep us sane, even if they're forbidden or not ideal”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Feb 2017

Susan Sarandon discusses being sexually fluid: “I'm open”

“My sexual orientation is up for grabs”

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

“How you can fight this shameful U-turn on child refugees”

Positive ways to channel your outrage

15 Feb 2017

Chrissy Teigen has no time for #relationshipgoals

A drunken post-Grammys Snapchat with her husband is doing the rounds

by Amy Swales
15 Feb 2017

Blake Lively is teaching her daughters that perfection is a myth

She wants them to challenge today’s unrealistic beauty standards

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Feb 2017

Scarlett Johansson gets realistic about marriage and monogamy

“I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person”

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Feb 2017

Emily Ratajkowski, Melania Trump and the fight against slut-shaming

Ratajkowski is an avowed Democrat – but she’s ready to defend the First Lady.

by Moya Crockett
15 Feb 2017

Bake Off’s Prue Leith: everything you need to know

So… has the food writer really got what it takes to replace GBBO’s Marry Berry?

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Feb 2017

Why the internet loved Adele’s low-key wedding announcement

You do you, Adele

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Feb 2017