Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series The Mindy Project, which she also writes and executive produces. The show centers on Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a successful OB/GYN whose love of romantic comedies is wreaking havoc on her personal life. In 2013, The Mindy Project was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for New Series. In 2014, Mindy and the show earned nominations from the Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Mindy also earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance on the show in 2014. In 2016, the show earned a Gracie Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Before The Mindy Project, Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy®-winning NBC show The Office. In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy® nominated episode “Niagra.”
In 2005, Mindy made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd’s unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She has been featured on the big screen alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached and Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement. She has additionally lent her voice to the blockbuster animated comedies Despicable Me and Wreck-It Ralph. In 2013, Mindy was seen in This Is the End alongside James Franco and Seth Rogen. Most recently, Mindy lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Oscar®-winning Pixar animated film Inside Out alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and was seen in The Night Before alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She will next begin production on Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.
Aside from her work in film and television, Mindy is the author of the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on the New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and was also featured on the New York Times best-seller list.