A Whirlwind Year for a Workaholic, Mindy Kaling
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A Whirlwind Year for a Workaholic, Mindy Kaling

Mindy did an interview with The New York Times where she talked about her busy year and about “The Mindy Project”

When we last saw “The Mindy Project,” a newly married Mindy Lahiri was gazing out a subway window when a shadow of doubt crossed her face. Which was crazy, because wasn’t this what she’d always wanted?

Blame Mindy Kaling, who wasn’t about to let her alter ego off the hook with a fairy tale ending in the series’s sixth and final season, starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, on Hulu. “The joy of being the show runner on this with my partner, Matt Warburton, is that we just torture the character,” she said. “She has so many flaws, and does so many questionable things, that we have to put her through the wringer. Inarguably she has the nicest husband, a wonderful child and a great stepdaughter. But we needed it not to be perfect for her.”

Maybe she was saving the perfection for her real life. In a whirlwind year, Ms. Kaling, who is expecting her first child, is seguing from “Mindy” into “Champions,” her midseason NBC series about a slacker gym owner whose high school fling (Ms. Kaling) drops their son on his doorstep. She is also portraying Mrs. Who in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” and will appear with Rihanna and Cate Blanchett in Gary Ross’s “Ocean’s Eight,” both out next year.

Her workaholic madness is a pre-emptive strike against “Mindy” withdrawal, Ms. Kaling, 38, admitted during a phone call from Los Angeles. “I’m not one of those sophisticated people who are like, ‘I just needed a couple months to read a lot of books and reflect,’” she said. “I would malfunction and get very depressed.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

How do you feel as you wrap up your show?
Today is actually our last table read. I’m not an overly sentimental person, and I had this specific kind of stress, which was, “This show has made a profound difference in my life, and I love it, but will people think I’m a sociopath if I don’t cry?” But this morning my alarm went off and I started brimming with tears, so luckily my sentimentality came surprisingly easily.
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