Mindy Kaling on her late mother, relationships and children

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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

Images: Rex Features, Flare

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