Former 'Office' Star on Her Own New 'Project'
By ROBERT PACE
July 27, 2012
After eight seasons of playing "Kelly Kapoor" on The Office, Mindy Kaling is taking her acting and creative genius to her own show, The Mindy Project, which is set to premiere this fall. Kaling recently talked to The Insider about the new project, and explained the inspiration behind it.
"The inspiration [for the show] was kind of observations I'd made [in] my own life," said Kaling of the single-camera comedy. "The character I play is an OBGYN and my mom was an OBGYN so I'd kind of been doing research on that career...inadvertently or accidentally [for] my whole life 'cause I was surrounded by it."
Kaling landed her first film role in 2005 in The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Office co-star Steve Carell. While she has mainly focused on The Office for the duration of her acting career, the 33-year-old actress/producer/writer has also made appearances in romantic comedies like No Strings Attached and The Five-Year Engagement.
"The character that I play on the show has really big flaws," she said of her new Mindy Project character. "She's really funny and very fly but I think she's very relatable. She's also very confident. She sort of thinks she's entitled to have this great romantic comedy life...It's just a really fun, upbeat character."
Kaling's co-stars all had high praises not only for her and her character but for the show's scripts, which she wrote.
"My roots are in theater and its always the script [that's important]...it's what written on the page, and these scripts made me laugh out loud when I read them at home," said Stephen Tobolowsky, who plays one of the doctors on the show. "I loved the characters when I read it."
Tobolowsky, who has made recent appearances on Glee and Californication, also discussed what gives Mindy Project a different feel than other comedies.
"The voice is different than anything that has come down the pike," he asserted. "The characters are delightful...There are two kinds of shows in television, I think. There are shows that are driven by plot...and then there are shows that are driven by character...This show is driven by character."
Check out the full cast interviews above. The Mindy Project premieres September 25 on FOX.