Vera Mindy Chokalingam, who is professionally known as Mindy Kaling, is an American comedian, actress, writer, executive producer, and director. She gained more popularity when she created, written, produced, and starred in the Fox/Hulu eponymous comedy ‘The Mindy Project’ (2012–2017). In addition, she has even worked on another famous TV show, ‘The Office’. Many of you may not know that she is a voice actress and she has voiced popular characters in movies like ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ and ‘Despicable Me.’
She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ ‘License to Wed,’ ‘The Five-Year Engagement,’ and ‘No Strings Attached. She was one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and the following year, she was named in the list of ‘50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers’ in Hollywood by ‘Entertainment Weekly.’ Kaling was also named among Glamour’s “Women of The Year” in 2014.
She is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She has her Facebook Page Mindy Kaling with more than 8 million followers. Similarly, she has her official Instagram account followed by 5 million, and also has a twitter account with more than 11 million followers.
What is Mindy Kaling Famous For?
Mindy Kaling is famous for her appearance as the main role as Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office and She appeared in a total of 174 episodes. Besides acting, she is also an executive producer, director, and writer. She has her own Series The Mindy Project which is produced, written and starred by herself.
Where was Mindy Kaling Born?
Vera Mindy Chokalingam was born on 24th Јunе, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Indian parents. Her father Avu Chokalingam was an architect and her mother Swati Chokalingam was a doctor (gynecologist). Her family moved to the United States in 1979. Kaling’s mother died in 2012 due to pancreatic cancer. As a sibling, she has a brother, Vijay Jojo Chokalingam who works in education. Kaling was very studious and sensitive during her childhood. She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School and graduated in 1997. Further, she attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in playwriting. In addition, she created comic ‘Badly Drawn Girl in the university newspaper which was hugely liked.
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Mindy Kaling Career Timeline
Mindy Kaling, at her very young age, created her own comic strip ‘Badly Drawn Girl’. She earned fame when she debuted and portrayed as Ben Affleck in a famous play ‘Matt and Ben’. She also co-wrote with her best friend from college Brenda Withers and the play was named as one of Time magazine’s “Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year” and was “a surprise hit’ in New York International Fringe Festival in 2002. The play was shown in New York City and Los Angeles.
In 2004, Kaling was hired in a popular British comedy series ‘The Office’ as a writer and an actress. In addition, she played the role of Kelly Kapoor in the series’ second episode, “Diversity Day’ which was started in 2005. Kaling received five Emmy Award nominations as a writer and producer of the show ‘The Office’. In 2012, she started her own series ‘The Mindy Project’. The series concluded on November 14, 2017. In 2010, she received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series with Daniels for the episode, ‘Niagara’. In addition, Kaling stepped into television direction by directing the Season 6 episode titled ‘Body Language.’ She has even directed The Office webisode ‘The 3rd Floor’. On September 15, 2011, Kaling signed a new contract with the show and also became its executive producer.
Kaling appeared on TV in an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, as Richard Lewis’s assistant in 2005. And in 2006, she guest-wrote parts of an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’. Kaling’s debut film was ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’. After that, she appeared in the film ‘Unaccompanied Minors’ as a waitress. In 2007, she played a small role in ‘License to Wed’ with her fellow of The Office actors. Similarly, in 2009, she starred in the film ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ as a tour guide. Similarly, she played in ‘No Strings Attached’ as Shira in the year 2011. In the same year, Kaling published her book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ (And Other Concerns) which appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.
In 2012, she appeared in ‘The Five-Year Engagements’ as Vanetha. Kaling lent her voice to Disney’s animated comedy film ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and Disgust in Pixar’s 2015 film ‘’Inside Out’. In the same year, her second book, ‘Why Not Me?’ which covers the many events that have happened in her life since 2011 and were appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. In addition, she started her TV show ‘The Mindy Project’ in the same year.
Kaling was a co-creator, writer, and producer of ‘Champions’ which was ordered by NBC in 2017. Besides, she played a recurring guest role on the show on NBC in 2018 which was canceled after one season.
She starred roles in the comedy ‘The Night Before’ (2015), the fantasy adventure ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, the heist comedy ‘Ocean’s 8’ (both 2018), and the comedy ‘Late Night’ (2019). She was also the co-creator, writer, and producer of the Hulu miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019).
Mindy Kaling Awards and Achievements
Mindy Kaling has received several awards and nominations for her outstanding work and performances.
In 2005, Kaling was nominated for ‘Writers Guild of America Awards’ for comedy series
In 2006, she won ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ for Outstanding in comedy series and ‘Writers Guild of America Awards’ for comedy series.
Kaling received five ‘Emmy Awards’ nominations for the Outstanding Comedy Series ‘The Office’.
In 2012, she won ‘Critic’s Choice Television Award’ for Most Exciting New Series and became one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”.
In 2013, she won ‘Gracie Awards’ for Outstanding Producer – Entertainment, and she was named in the list of ‘50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers’ in Hollywood by ‘Entertainment Weekly.’
In 2014, she won ‘’Gracie Awards’ for Outstanding Female Actor – Comedy and was also named among Glamour’s “Women of The Year” in 2014.
In 2015, she won ‘Satellite Awards’ for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series and ‘Reader’s Choice Awards’ for Best Humour Book for the book ‘Why Not Me?’
Who is Mindy Kaling Dating?
As of 2020, Kaling is single. She has a close friendship with B. J. Novak over 15 years ago while writing the series The Office. The two dated on and off while writing and acting on the show ‘The Office’. However, Kaling addresses B.J Novak as her best friend. Kaling gave birth to a daughter, Katherine Kaling in December 2017 whose godfather is B.J. Novak. But, Kaling has not revealed the identity of the baby’s father even to her close friends.
On June 10, 2018, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
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How Tall is Mindy Kaling?
Mindy Kaling with an Indian Ethnicity stands at a height of 5 ft. 4 inches and weighs around 65 Kg. Likewise, her body measurement is 36-29-37 inches. Her body type is average. She uses the 34B bra cup size. She wears the dress with size 10 (US) or 40 (EU) and wears the shoes of 7 (US) or 37.5 (EU) size. Additionally, she has dark brown eyes and black hair.
What is Mindy Kaling Net worth?
As of 2020, the net worth of Mindy is estimated at $28 million. Her salary is $150 per episode. She is a producer, actress, and writer. She earns money by appearing in the films and writing books. She is even a voice artist, so she earns from there as well. In addition, she has her own show ‘The Mindy Project’ from where she can contribute to her net worth. Hence, her source of wealth is television shows and films.