There hasn't been a great big screen rom-coms in quite a while, but every single week Fox airs one of the funniest, most winning, endlessly charming and hopeful romantic comedies to come out of Hollywood in ages. Yes, The Mindy Project may seem like a standard workplace sitcom, but under all the professional hijinks lies the beating heart of an epic romantic comedy -- and it's all thanks to Mindy Kaling.
As the creator, star and executive producer, Kaling's DNA is all over this comedic juggernaut and now that the season one kinks have been worked out, the show has nowhere to go but up. ETonline sat down with Kaling on The Mindy Project set to talk about the evolution of her sitcom, the surprising discoveries along the way and what she's excited for audiences to see in the coming weeks.
ETonline: Looking at where you started with Mindy and where she is today, has anything about who this character revealed herself to be surprised you?
Mindy Kaling: One of the things I love about the character, partly because I don't personally have it, is her resilience. Everyone always talks about her confidence, and where it comes from, but more than that, I think she has a wonderful resilience. I think she does feel things when people hurt her, but she bounces back in a really fast way. There's a scene coming up where Adam Pally tries to set her up with this terrible guy, we call him Hit and Ron because he was involved in a hit and run accident in college, and she doesn't understand why Peter would set them up and he goes, "I dunno, you're like both 5's." And Mindy's like, "How dare you Peter" in this incredibly hurt way and then turns to say, "I'm an 8, everybody knows that" and marches out. Very rarely does she get wounded to the core, which is nice. This is partially because it’s a comedy show, but I like that she's turned out to be a very happy-go-lucky character.