21 Moments From Mindy Kaling’s AMA That Prove She’s The Best Friend You’ve Always Wanted

Mindy Kaling did a Reddit AMA, and it was AMAzing. (Eh??? Okay.) Here are the highlights, enjoy!
The Mindy Project
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1. “What is the worst date you’ve ever been on?”

The worst date I’ve ever been on was with a guy who I was super excited about, really attracted to, and then on the date it became apparent that it WASNT a date. He was just a straight dude who was psyched to have dinner with me in a platonic way. He talked about an actress he really wanted to date and we split the check. Thus is dating in Los Angeles.

2. “What scene from The Office was hardest to get through without laughing?”

The Christmas episode where Michael asked Kevin to sit on his lap, and Steve had to pretend to be crushed under his weight. I think I’m laughing on camera.

3. “What’s the probability of a Broad City/Mindy Project crossover?”

I love Ilana and Abbi. Nothing would make me happier than if Mindy was their gynecologist. Like, they found her on a Groupon.

4. “I read that you watched The X-Files as a child in your first book, I think, so: are you excited for the revival?”

Super excited. I was ADDICTED to X-Files. Their episode “Home” is the scariest hour of television I’ve ever watched. Then I saw Gillian Anderson (G-Money, as I call her) on The Fall, and man, I loved that too. So I’m really excited. I hope Mulder and Scully do it.

5. “Who / what was your biggest inspiration for The Mindy Project?”

Probably Pride & Prejudice and South Park? Bridge Jones a little. And of course I was inspired by the jokes-per-minute pace of The Office, since that’s where I worked for eight years.

6. “Which Disney Princess do you think you are most like?”

I am no princess. I am Ursula the Sea Witch.

7. “What is your favorite episode of Master of None?”

The second one, with Aziz’s real parents is probably my favorite. I love those two people so much. Also, Aziz interacting with them makes me fall in love with him a little. Like when he programmed his dad’s iPad for him. Swoon.

8. “Who would you say is your biggest influence in your acting career?”

Emma Thompson. Writer performers, in general.

9. “In your book, you mention that your ideal dinner guest would bring you hot sauce. What is your go-to hot sauce, one which you would want to carry in your purse for emergencies?”

Great question. Used to be Sambal Oelek, lately, Cholula. My writer David Stassen got me hooked.

10. “Can your describe what working with Salvador Perez is like and what a day of fittings entails? All the fashion in TMP is such eye candy!”

Sal is a wonderful genius who also calls me “Spoiled Princess from Hell”. We are super collaborative.

11. “Will you be expanding your book tour to the midwest (Chicago)?”

I LOVE CHICAGO. I secretly think I will meet my husband at O’Hare airport. My dream is to do an event there for the book and bring Ike Barinholtz with me and then eat at various Chicago hotspots until we die. Our bloated bodies will wash ashore of Lake Michigan.

12. “Who makes you laugh harder than anyone else?”

Chris Farley as Matt Foley, inspirational speaker.

13. “If any four people – fictional, real, alive, dead – could be in your entourage, who would you pick?”

Whoa. Robert Downey Jr, Lupita Nyongo, Gilda Radner, Ronda Rousey

14. “What does Ike Barinholtz smell like?”

Ike smells like Chicago-style hot dogs. And cocaine. And, if we’re being totally honest, a little semen-y. (his own semen)

15. “What is your favorite episode of The Mindy Project? Why?”

I love an episode from season two called ‘Danny Castellano is my Personal Trainer’. It was just so funny and body-positive. Also there is an owl in it.

16. “Who are the top 3 people on your Mindy Project guest star bucket list?”

Danny McBride, Idris Elba, Reese

17. “What would you put in your ideal burrito?”

ideal burrito: scrambled egg whites, melted cheese, black beans, sour cream, guacamole. NO RICE. NO RICE IN BURRITOS EVER!

18. “What’s your favorite scene with baby leo?”

I loved in last weeks episode when I had to put fake glasses on him to make him look like a nerd. I think there is nothing cuter in the world than a baby with glasses on.

19. “Will Cristina be mentioned at all this season or is that something that you’ve thought about?”

We have some great ideas for bringing back Christina. In the second half of the season we’re hoping to get Chloe Sevigny back to hear some of her perspective on Danny-Christina’s break-up. Chloe is one of my favorite actors.

20. “If you were given unlimited funds to do any project (book, film, television series) with no risk, what would you do?”

I would love to play Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, but I’m not sure any mainstream organization would sponsor that. So that would be the thing I would do with unlimited money.

21. “What has been the hardest scene to get through without breaking on this season of The Mindy Project?”

We did a scene recently where Danny and Mindy invite everyone to their engagement party, and Chris and I could NOT stop laughing at Collette (Fortune Feimster). We were trying to delicately remind people it was a classy party and that people were expected to dress well, a little pointedly at her. And Collette was just not understanding it. Fortune’s amazingly funny.

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