Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Mindy Kaling on her late mother, relationships and children

rexfeatures-4082348kq.jpg
615x330-rexfeatures-3748236bd.jpg

American actress, comedian, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project recently sat down for a candid interview with Canadian fashion magazine Flare, speaking about her relationship with her late mother, her approach to fashion and her plans to have three children.

Kaling said,"I had zero rebellion against my mother," who tragically died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. "I was terrified of her, and I thought she was very glamorous, and I just wanted to emulate her all the time."

Describing, her mother Swati’s style as colourful, tailored and "put together", Kaling says it's something she "very much" inherited.

"She would love the clothes [on The Mindy Show] so much," added Kaling, noting she had 23 outfit changes in the 22-minute season two finale.

"Whoever said, ‘Anyone can wear a dress, it’s how you dress during the day that matters’—I really believe that."

While she prefers to style herself - the star admitted her love of online shopping is followed by "massive returns" - she hires stylist Hayley Atkin for special events and press trips. "If you love fashion and you’re not skinny and something fits you, most stylists are like, ‘That’s great for you,’ and it sucks," she says. "I have my own taste and I want to try weird stuff and Hayley’s not going to put me in a fuchsia shift just because it fits me and hides my quote-unquote problem areas."

Kaling also spoke candidly about finding her attendance at the 2013 Met Ball "a little intimidating". "I lost a ring I [had borrowed] that was incredibly expensive, so that was kind of the worst," she says (it was never found, despite the fact Kaling returned to the venue the next day to look for it).

Kaling made a conscious decision to reflect a love of fashion on The Mindy Project.

"I think sometimes our show is seen as breezier than it is, because it looks beautiful and the people are dressed really well.

"On a lot of shows, the aesthetic is kind of cruddy, which seems to equal really funny, which I don’t think is correct. If you’re looking for this vérité thing, watch a documentary."

The star, who turned 35 in June, said she "wasn’t stressed remotely" about the semi-milestone birthday, "Though this has been the first year I realised that if I want to have three kids, I need to get going".

However, the single star does not have relationships on her mind. "In my 20s, I was not only boy crazy, but marriage and relationship crazy. Now it’s almost the opposite. My work is so rewarding and I’m so self-centred about it that I’m kind of excited about not having to go home and ask someone about their day."

The actress admitted she is currently "dating a couple of different guys" but swears she knows fewer men by name than her on-screen alter ego Mindy Lahiri has dated in one season.

"I’m assuming it [dating different men] will all go away, or one guy will be persistent and it will work itself out."

Speaking about the upcoming third season of The Mindy Project, Kaling says she hopes to avoid relationship clichés in romantic comedies. "Everything ends when the characters get together. But there are so many fun struggles that exist afterward. A lot of shows do it and it sucks, but these characters are so different that I think people are going to be excited about what we do."

Read the the full interview at flare.com

Images: Rex Features, Flare

Related

hero.jpg

Seek style inspiration from TV’s most epic power dressers

hero.jpg

Red carpet round-up: Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Kim Kardashian stun at the GQ Awards

hero.jpg

Why can't we find peace with our bodies?

hero.jpg

Bare-faced beauty: meet the women who go make-up free every day

hero.jpg

Recipes that use our favourite chocolate brands

hero.jpg

The best ever relationship advice shared by Stylist readers

Comments

More

Kate Middleton opens up about motherhood and mental illness

“Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Oklahoma lawmaker says rape and incest are ‘the will of God’

Republican was defending a controversial anti-abortion bill

by Georgina Wilkinson
24 Mar 2017

The trailer for Emilia Clarke’s new horror film is utterly terrifying

Even Daenerys might have trouble with this one

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

Emma Thompson reveals Donald Trump once asked her out on a date

Just imagine: Emma Thompson, First Lady of the United States

by Moya Crockett
24 Mar 2017

Kate Winslet recalls being called 'blubber' by school bullies

The Oscar winner had the last laugh

23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling explains his reaction to the Oscars Best Picture blunder

He could barely stifle his giggle - but it's not what you think...

by Hayley Spencer
23 Mar 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From January Jones' beauty regime to Emma Roberts' book club

by Nicola Colyer
23 Mar 2017

Brie Larson is playing a very important figure in feminist history

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, was a fascinating character.

by Moya Crockett
23 Mar 2017

Piers Morgan is finally quitting social media

If only it was forever

by Amy Swales
22 Mar 2017

Louis Theroux on the one documentary he had to abandon

“I would still love to do it. The world’s my oyster.”

by Georgina Wilkinson
22 Mar 2017