The always-gracious creator, head writer, and star of The Mindy Project is getting sick of being singled out as some marginalized segment of one thing or another.
Parade caught up with Mindy Kaling at her Los Angeles home and chatted with her about standing out in the white male-dominated comedy world:
“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”
It would be nice if her gender were simply a non-issue. I mean, we’re on the cusp of 2014. Talented women successfully infiltrated the industry a long time ago. Ever heard of Gilda Radner? Nora Ephron? It’s just not the most interesting thing to talk about, if you ask me . . . or Mindy.
Oh, but there’s more. Not only is she a woman and Indian, she’s also not super thin, or something?
“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?’”
Interesting. With all the coverage of Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad (and there’s a lot, and I’ve read almost all of it), I haven’t seen one person ask him where he gets his confidence. No one wants to talk about that because it’s not interesting.
Let’s move on, folks. Just as you would ask Vince Gilligan if Walt is un-redeemable and if Jesse will live, ask Mindy Kaling how self-absorption can be mined for comedy and if virtually anyone can be bribed with puppies.
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