Why America fell for that Indian girl from The Office.
Mindy Kaling got her name as a writer, actress and producer on the exquisitely awkward NBC comedy, The Office, but her particular success can’t be summed up by credits alone. The subject of fawning profiles in the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and Elle, Kaling seems more like a laser beam of cute hand-crafted by the zeitgeist, if the zeitgeist had its own Etsy store. Girly and populist but still fresh and unexpected, Kaling is taking her career to the next level this fall with The Mindy Project on Fox TV. Using our own brand of cultural science, we try to break down the appeal of TV’s reigning girl crush.
It’s interesting that she’s Indian but it’s not what defines her.Aparna Nancherla
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