Fans of TV’s The Mindy Project are so in love with show creator and star Mindy Kaling’s smart humour and quick wit that, after three hilarious seasons, news of Fox cancelling her hit comedy series caused an uproar online. Thankfully, the outcry was short-lived after Mindy, who turns 36 on June 24, confirmed that her beloved show would get a second life on a new network. (Canadian fans can still catch The Mindy Project on City this fall).
Mindy can currently be seen – well, heard – in the new Disney Pixar hit Inside Out. The Massachusetts native plays the voice of Disgust, one of five emotions depicted in the adventure film. “Disgust is so judgmental,” the actress recently told Refinery 29. “She’s a lot like my character Kelly from The Office, who is just incredibly impatient and judgmental about so many things and rarely has any solutions.”
It was her scene-stealing performance in the US adaptation of Ricky Gervais’s The Office that propelled Mindy into the spotlight and, later, to leading lady status on her own show. Her well-deserved success comes after refining her craft in Dartmouth College’s comedy troupes, an internship on Late Night with Conan O’Brienand scripting the much-buzzed-about off-Broadway play Matt & Ben, based on the lives of BFF actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
The actress is quick to share her feelings and musings about love and life with fans on social media. It’s familiar territory for the No Strings Attached star, who gave readers a tour of her inner-thoughts in the best-selling 2012 memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Her second book, Why Not Me? will hit stores in September. From celebrity crushes to razzing her writing staff, Mindy holds nothing back.
To celebrate her birthday on June 24, we pulled together a collection of Mindy’s best and funniest tweets.