The entertainment industry isn’t running short of funny gals – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Betty White, Zooey Deschanel are just a few of the names that come to mind. Mindy Kaling, however, has a special place in my heart. Besides being hilarious, she’s also extremely ambitious and isn’t afraid to speak up when it comes to weight or gender issues. Check out this article to find out more.
Mindy Kaling is currently one of my favorite women on TV. She’s hilarious. She’s always willing to express her strong opinions. She writes, directs and stars in her own sitcom. She entertains me, keeps me motivated to reach my own goals, and she’s basically one of the coolest people in Hollywood at the moment. Don’t agree? I’ve compiled five reasons for you to fall in love with her too. (It’s inevitable, trust me.)
1. She Knows How to Write
Besides being an actress and executive producer, Kaling is a tremendous writer. She wrote a book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” which became a New York Times bestseller. The book is a collection of stories filled with her characteristic self-deprecating humor which makes her both relatable and likable. She writes about romance, friendship, and Hollywood with the same ease she does about her insecurities and shopping compulsions. There’s no wonder The New York Times compared her style with that of Tina Fey – if you’re familiar with “Bossypants,” prepare for a similarly entertaining read. Plus, she’s currently working on a second book.
She’s also an accomplished TV writer. She received nominations for several Writer’s Guild of America awards, as well as a Primetime Emmy. Not to mention the fact that Kaling first joined The Office as a writer at 24 and she was the only woman on the writing staff.
2. She’s Ambitious
Mindy showed talent and ambition even from her days at Dartmouth College. She drew a comic strip for the school’s newspaper, wrote for the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine, and joined an improv group. She got an internship in show-biz early on, working for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” As a fun fact, she also wrote a play with her Dartmouth friend Brenda Withers back in the day, entitled “Matt & Ben”. It premiered in the NYC Fringe Festival in 2002, featuring Brenda and Mindy as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Time magazine named the play one of the “Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year.” Not bad, eh?
Kaling knows what she wants and goes for it. After all, she went from being a writer with a minor acting part on The Office to having her own show. Time Magazine even named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013. She recently got her first Elle cover, which sparked quite a bit of controversy, but was undoubtedly a big achievement and an important milestone in Kaling’s path to success. There’s no wonder she feels “glamorous and cool.”
3. She’s Awesome at Twitter
Many celebrities have embraced Twitter as an effective means to communicate with fans and keep them posted on their current activities. Mindy, however, manages to master the art of micro-blogging. She has almost 3 million followers, and for good reason.
“I don’t care, I’m still gonna make a run at Anderson Cooper,” “I love cornbread so much I wish that my nickname was Cornbread” or “I keep a tinkerbell costume ready to go just in case” are just a few of the tweets that made me burst into laughter at inopportune times (thanks, Mindy!). I spent about two hours of my life browsing through her profile when I first discovered she’s on Twitter – and I still can’t get enough!
4. She’s a Great Speaker
Commencement speeches are a big deal, and Mindy Kaling sure nailed her speech to recent Harvard law alumni at the end of May. She may be an atypical speaker to invite to a Harvard Law School graduation, but she managed to charm the audience with a clever, inspirational, funny address they’re likely never to forget.
5. She’s Outspoken
Mindy Kaling was never afraid to talk openly about issues regarding gender, sex, or race. She’s a heavy-set woman of a racial minority working in an industry dominated by white men – and she owns it.
She was asked by Parade Magazine about where she gets her confidence, and her answer was perfect: “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”
All these qualities make her a true role model for any woman in pursuit of her dreams. As she said in an interview with Jon Stewart, when asked if she had any time to sleep: “Your name is in your own show,” she said. “It’s kind of a dream job. So’s mine… When I’m awake is so much more fun than when I’m sleeping.” Mindy Kaling is accomplished, ambitious, and able to talk openly about what she finds wrong with the entertainment industry. How could you not love her?