20 QUES­TIONS

The Mindy Project cre­ator and star sounds off about Hol­ly­wood crushes, of­fen­sive TV char­ac­ters and the al­bum that makes her cry

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

Mindy Kal­ing

1. What brings you the great­est joy?

Laugh­ing.

2. What is your pet peeve?

Mood­i­ness.

3. What is the best ad­vice you’ve ever been given?

‘Be kind.’ Greg Daniels, my men­tor from The Of­fice, told me that.

4. What app can you not live with­out?

Hop­scotch, an awe­some cod­ing app for kids that I use.

5. What TV show can’t you miss?

The Walk­ing Dead. I have a big crush on Rick Grimes [played by An­drew Lin­coln], the rugged sher­iff.

6. What movie had the great­est end­ing?

Brid­get Jones’s Di­ary.

7. What is on your liquor shelf?

Mike’s Hard Lemon­ade Frozen.

8. What is your great­est in­dul­gence?

Tak­ing my staff on trips. We went to Ve­gas last sum­mer.

9. What char­i­ties do you support?

Pan­can.org, a great or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps peo­ple di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer, as well as their care­givers.

10. Who do you follow on Twit­ter?

@ders808 (An­ders Holm), @sethrogen and @glennhow­er­ton. My favourite ac­count is my best friend BJ No­vak’s [fic­tional] teenage sis­ter Keough’s, @keono­vak.

11. Who are your he­roes?

My par­ents – both smart, funny, hard­work­ing peo­ple who raised me to be­lieve I could do what­ever I wanted.

12. What is your beauty se­cret?

I still break out, so I use this de­vice called the Tria Clar­i­fy­ing Blue Light.

13. What splurge is well worth it?

I just bought some land in the Hol­ly­wood Hills that my dad (an ar­chi­tect) and I are go­ing to de­velop.

14. What is on your night­stand?

A pic­ture of my mom, a bot­tle of wa­ter, Post-it notes and a pen.

15. What is on your book­shelf?

Haruki Mu­rakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Run­ning.

16. What is your favourite food?

Aus­tralian red liquorice.

17. What makes you laugh?

I love char­ac­ters who are some­what of­fen­sive but also deeply sen­si­tive (Kenny Pow­ers from East­bound & Down, Michael Scott from The Of­fice).

18. What makes you cry?

Paul Si­mon’s Grace­land al­bum.

19. What is on your feet?

Ni­cholas Kirk­wood pumps at night, Adi­das Orig­i­nals x Open­ing Cer­e­mony sneak­ers by day.

20. What was your favourite va­ca­tion?

New York City last May: hang­ing with my best friend; do­ing The Daily Show; meet­ing Pres­i­dent Obama. mc

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