Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling (born June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American actress, writer, director, and comedian of Indian descent.
She's perhaps best known for her roles as Kelly Kapoor on NBC's The Office and Dr. Mindy Lahiri on Hulu's note The Mindy Project, the latter of which she created. From 2012 to 2015, she was the only actor of Indian descent headlining a series on American network television. note
Mindy has written two memoirs to date: 2011's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and 2015's Why Not Me?
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (2011)
- Why Not Me? (2015)
- Nothing Like I Imagined(Except For Sometimes) (2020)
- The Office (2005 — 2013) as Kelly Kapoor
- No Strings Attached (2011) as Shira
- The Five-Year Engagement (2012) as Vaneetha
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012) as Taffyta Muttonfudge (voice)
- The Mindy Project (2012 — 2017) as Dr. Mindy Lahiri
- This Is the End (2013) as herself
- Inside Out (2015) as Disgust (voice)
- A Wrinkle in Time (2018) as Mrs. Who
- Ocean's 8 (2018) as Amita
- Late Night (2019) as Molly
She provides examples of:
- Alpha Bitch: Her roles as Taffyta and Disgust.
- Ascended Extra: A meta example. Like many other recurring characters on The Office, she wasn't intended to develop past her original purpose as cast fodder. Mindy only was hired to write for the show, but her character grew traction quickly after a few speaking lines in the first season, and she was eventually promoted to the opening credits towards the end of its run.
- Asian Airhead: She often plays this trope, making her a rare Indian example.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer / The Ditz: If she's not playing the former, then she's probably playing the latter.
- But Not Too Foreign: She shortened her surname for professional purposes.
- What Could Have Been: She was offered a job as a writer on Saturday Night Live, but couldn't take it due to her contract on The Office.