In­ter­na­tional celeb - Mindy Kal­ing

One could say that MINDY KAL­ING, 39, has quite a jug­gling act with new moth­er­hood, and nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion and film projects. But she is not com­plain­ing at all.

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Mindy cares deeply about her new daugh­ter, her tele­vi­sion and film work, best-sell­ing books, and help­ing to pro­mote di­ver­sity in Hollywood. In­stead of feel­ing over­whelmed, she says she’s ap­pre­cia­tive of all of these op­por­tu­ni­ties. Cur­rently, the 39-yearold pow­er­house, who is charm­ing, funny and down-to-earth, is the cocre­ator, writer and pro­ducer on a new Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion com­edy, Cham­pi­ons.

While jug­gling this new show, and moth­er­ing her adorable three-mon­thold daugh­ter, Kather­ine, she is thrilled to talk about her lat­est movie, A Wrin­kle in Time, co-star­ring new pals Oprah Win­frey, Reese Wither­spoon and Chris Pine.

She is known for her work in the US sit­com, The Of­fice. In ad­di­tion to di­rect­ing, pro­duc­ing and por­tray­ing celebrity-ob­sessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the se­ries, in­clud­ing an Emmy-nom­i­nated episode. She was the first woman of colour nom­i­nated for an Emmy in writ­ing. The writer-cum-ac­tress also cre­ated, wrote and pro­duced her show, The Mindy Project. Her film cred­its in­clude The 40-Year-Old Vir­gin, No Strings At­tached, The Five-Year En­gage­ment, This Is the End, and The Night Be­fore. Mindy has ad­di­tion­ally lent her voice to the block­buster an­i­mated come­dies De­spi­ca­ble Me and Wreck-It Ralph, as well as the Os­car-win­ning Pixar film In­side Out. Cur­rently, she is star­ring in Dis­ney’s A Wrin­kle in Time, along­side Oprah and Reese, and will also be a part of the star-stud­ded cast for Ocean’s Eight, along­side He­lena Bon­ham Carter, San­dra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Ri­hanna. Ocean’s Eight is a heist com­edy, which is an all-fe­male ver­sion of Ocean’s Eleven. Crim­i­nal master­mind Deb­bie Ocean and seven

other fe­male thieves try to pull off the heist of the cen­tury at New York’s an­nual Met Gala.

In ad­di­tion to her work on film and tele­vi­sion, Mindy has writ­ten two New York Times best-sell­ing mem­oirs, ti­tled Is Ev­ery­one Hang­ing Out With Me? (And Other Con­cerns) and Why Not Me?

Clearly, the 39-year-old has her plate full, but her fans are not com­plain­ing. We catch up with the TV star to find out how she does it all. You have been ex­tremely busy. Now, first of all, how is new moth­er­hood? Won­der­ful. Fun. Happy. De­li­cious. It couldn’t be bet­ter. Do you have an ob­ses­sion in­volved with her? Tak­ing photos to cap­ture ev­ery mo­ment and ev­ery ges­ture! Mindy, how are you feel­ing right now, be­ing one of the ac­tors in A Wrin­kle in Time? It’s ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. I can’t be­lieve that I was se­lected to do this. It’s such an hon­our to act with all these in­cred­i­ble ac­tors. You are no slouch when it comes to act­ing. Thank you, but I’m a sit­com ac­tress and Ava (DuVer­nay, the di­rec­tor) saw some­thing in me and we ac­tu­ally met at a party. It was a party for Malala ( Yousafzai). And Ava, Malala and I were the only three women of colour at this big party. Wow. So, what hap­pened? Well, af­ter I fin­ished talk­ing to Malala, who was seated to my left, I was like, “I re­ally want to talk to Ava.” And af­ter I fin­ished talk­ing to her, we had a great con­ver­sa­tion and I thought, “You know what, our gen­res are so dif­fer­ent, we’ll never cross paths.” And then this hap­pened. So, I feel so blessed to be part of it. I heard that you, Reese and Oprah had a great time. Oh, yes. And to wake up ev­ery morn­ing and spend four hours in the makeup trailer with Oprah and Reese was great. Reese was our disc jockey, play­ing music for us, while Oprah, we later learned, prefers her time in the make-up trailer to be quiet and serene. But, some­how, we worked it all out. Did Reese, who is a mother of three, give you any par­ent­ing ad­vice? Yes, as a mat­ter of fact she told me how to take my daugh­ter’s car seat on an air­plane – that was help­ful. What was a child­hood fan­tasy that you acted out as an adult? Well, I loved sci­ence fic­tion and fan­tasy grow­ing up, but it was a genre that largely did not love me back. I never saw any rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a dark­skinned In­dian woman, In­dian girl, any­body, in any­thing that I saw. And it’s a re­ally pe­cu­liar thing when you grow up lov­ing some­thing that shows you no love back. It’s such a pure love, be­cause you’re not get­ting any­thing from it. So, this must feel like a vic­tory for you, like break­ing down a bar­rier? Yes! I broke out in TV, which is so wel­com­ing to me, and com­edy, which is so wel­com­ing as well. To be part of this movie and to be on a green screen stage in har­nesses be­cause you’re do­ing a sci­ence fic­tion fan­tasy movie... so much fun be­cause I fi­nally feel wel­comed with open arms to some­thing that has ig­nored me com­pletely. How does it feel look­ing back? It is so pro­found and I think if that can be some­thing that the minia­ture ver­sion of me could watch and be ex­cited by, I think that’s such a huge thing, and so very ex­cit­ing. It still con­tin­ues to ex­cite me. Tell us about your new sit­com, Cham­pi­ons. The show is about some­thing you don’t see on TV very often – a young gay teen com­ing out, and it feels like it is new. And does it feel like it’s break­ing down more bar­ri­ers? Sure, I agree with that. Why did you want to tell this story? I love writ­ing char­ac­ters who are com­pletely com­fort­able in their own skin and are de­fi­ant, and that they also love New York City. What else? What was also re­ally ap­peal­ing to me was to write a young, male gay char­ac­ter and have his be­ing gay not be some­thing that was part of his nar­ra­tive on the show. I wanted to help push that for­ward with show­ing him be­ing out and loud and proud, par­tic­u­larly be­cause he’s In­dian. He’s some­one to root for and some­one we haven’t seen on TV yet. Do you feel there are sim­i­lar­i­ties with The Mindy Project? Yes, if you en­joyed The Mindy Project. I would say that Cham­pi­ons has some of the same tone with a new group of won­der­ful, funny ac­tors.

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