Multitasking champion Mindy Kaling, famous as a writer/performer on The Office (where she played the vapid Kelly) and as the bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is now the creator of the charming sitcom The Mindy Project, in which she stars as a ob/gyn who has trouble telling the difference between romantic comedies and real life.
Kaling is also the author of one of the world's most entertaining Twitter feeds, followed by over 1.8 million people. "It's just for fun," she cautions – yet she consented to explain the stories behind some of her tweets.
Hey, male Avengers, I commit a crime against mutants, wanna come to my house and avenge them really hard— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 6, 2012
That was in that hazy two-week period when I was smitten by every guy in The Avengers. You move on. Crushes evolve. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike-messenger movie comes out, and that's a distraction.
Why can't Kelly simply have mono was my question. Explains her absence, is relatable.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) July 24, 2012
I went back to shoot an episode of The Office, and it didn't explain why I was gone, but I was curious. When I was in junior high school, two kids had mono and they got to not come to school for eight months – that's the length of a season of television. Getting mono was a total dream when I was in seventh grade.
If you think about hiring a staff of writers like the beginning of XMen where Professor Xavier assembles the XMen, that's a fun thing to do— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 18, 2012
I realized that I could pick anyone I wanted to be a writer on the show, so long as they didn't have a criminal record. I love the staff. Nobody's on drugs, nobody's fighting, nobody's having an affair. They're cheerful and cool, and just the tiniest bit snobby.
I am so proud of the writing staff for not making a single observation out loud at the harassment meeting. Way to go you guys— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) July 25, 2012
We had our mandatory sexual harassment training session – I've had one every year since I started on The Office, so I guess that was my ninth. It's about 90 minutes long, but it can extend to three or four hours if every immature comedy writer in the room decides to make lame observational jokes during this poor attorney's spiel. It's low-hanging fruit for a comedy writer, so I was very happy they resisted.
My show is produced by Universal, so they show clips of inappropriate behavior from different Universal shows. It's basically a greatest hits of Michael Scott's gaffes – for people who work on The Office who attend a sexual harassment training seminar, you get to see lots of your favorite scripted moments that you personally were involved in.
If I ever meet a murderer hiding in my house, I can say truthfully: "I've been expecting you." that will scare the hell out of him i bet.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 17, 2012
I leave before it's light out and I get home when it's dark. I don't live in some gated complex, I have a vivid imagination, and I just scare myself all the time. I love true crime – I think a lot of writers are into the specificity of the details of grisly crimes. It's so different from the world I know, which is a very comfortable, safe writer's room.
A slug line is an ugly name for a beautiful thing. Lovely little slug line, the only thing that doesnt give me trouble— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 17, 2012
For most Americans who don't know what a slug line is, it's the line at the beginning of the scene that sets up where the action takes place. It requires barely any creativity and it seems like you've accomplished something.
When celebs get pestered by paparazzi why don't they just start singing "Hey Jude" or some incredibly expensive song to clear?— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 30, 2010
When you're a producer on a show, you get into this vortex of clearances: you realize that any reference to anything recognizable requires a 20-minute conversation with a corporate attorney. Sometimes you're like, "Can the sun be in this frame of TV or do we have to clear it through the sun's attorney?" I'm not the sort of person that the paparazzi follow around, but I always wondered why people didn't sing a song that would cost $200,000 for a second of showing it.
hee hee i like when you're looking at the list of who a guy follows on twitter and it's just famous comedians and girls he's hooked up with— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) July 23, 2012
After that tweet, I got dozens of texts from different people that I knew saying, "Wait, were you talking about me?" It hit too close to home for some of my friends.
"Oh no, I like the girl whose boyfriend I'm going to steal" is a subject of my first hit r&b song— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 17, 2012
I have no musical talent, in any department, but I love the subject matter of a lot of R&B songs – in the past five years they've gotten very meta and self-aware. I like when R&B songwriters are thinking in terms of the person who might be tangentially affected by a sexy situation, and I'm constantly thinking about songs that I could write in my terrible second career as an R&B artist.
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