Written by Regina Sanders. Media by Hengyi Chi.
Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam, you might recognize this actress, producer, and author from a number of things.
Most recently, Kaling tackled Mrs. Who in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Mrs. Who is a mystical being who only speaks in quotes and works with Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit to bring back Meg Murry’s father.
“A Wrinkle in Time” was ranked the number-two movie, only behind “Black Panther,” marking the first time a Black director has held the top and second spot in the movie charts. The movie has also grossed $64,658,935 as of March 21.
NBC’s newest sitcom comes in the form of “Champions.” Kaling is a writer and producer of her latest venture. She is also reoccurring character Priya, the mother of the main character, Michael, who she drops off to live with his father, Vince.
According to Variety, “Champions” brought in 2.98 million views in its first episode. The show has a 9:30 PM time slot on Thursday nights.
But if you haven’t had the time to DVR those shows or make it to the movies, don’t worry! You may know the name Mindy Kaling from a few different places.
Do you feel like an animated movie?
You may recognize Kaling’s voice as Disgust in 2015’s “Inside Out.” The Pixar film follows Riley and her emotions as she moves from the Midwest to the West Coast.
Or, how about a television show?
From 2005 to 2013, Kaling played the role of Kelly Kapoor on “The Office.” This mockumentary follows the general hijinks and escapades that occur during the workday. She also served as a director, writer, producer, and story editor.
You may know Kaling from her television show “The Mindy Project.” In this sitcom, Kaling played Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN balancing her work life, social life, and her desire for romance. She also served as a writer and producer. The show aired from 2012 to 2015 on FOX before being canceled and picked up by Hulu within the week. The show then aired until 2017 as a Hulu original.
Don’t like to watch movies or watch television? No problem! Kaling is also the author of two books
In 2012, “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” was published. This New York Times Bestseller brings the reader into Kaling’s world and her thoughts on love, celebrities, and friendship.
Kaling followed up this book with 2016’s “Why Not Me?,” another New York Times Bestseller. This collection of essays looks at her journey into adulthood and navigating everyday problems.
In 2017, Kaling gave birth to a baby girl. With a hit movie, a hit show, and a new addition to her family, Kaling is having a pretty stellar year. If you liked one of the above movies, television shows, or books, then you’re sure to like Mindy Kaling’s other projects. This was the case for Greenville student and RC, Erin Gilmore. “[Hulu] kept using ‘Champions’ as a commercial every time I was watching ‘The Mindy Project.’” And now Gilmore has an interest in watching the NBC show. “Plus, it looked funny,” she added.
You can find Kaling’s works on your television, streaming platforms, in theaters, the library, or a bookstore.