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    Mindy Kaling Opened Up About A Writer's Room Incident Highlighting One Of Her "Greatest Insecurities" About Her Body

    "When that moment happened, it was so huge to me."

    There's one moment from her career that hit a little too close to home for Mindy Kaling.

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    Mindy, who both starred as Kelly Kapoor and was a writer on The Office, says she can pinpoint a particular comment that highlighted one of her biggest insecurities.

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    It all happened in a writers room when a coworker suggested that their character tell Mindy's character that she could lose 15 pounds.

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    "This is my greatest insecurity, and someone just called it out. It's really devastating. When that moment happened, it was so huge to me," Mindy told Good Morning America.

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    At the time, Mindy had been waking up before her 6:30 a.m. call time to hit the gym every day, but she says the hurtful comment caused her to look inward.

    "I had a reckoning where I'm like, 'People are scrutinizing [me], and not only are they scrutinizing [me], they're verbalizing their displeasure with how I look because I don't look a certain way," Mindy said.

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    She continued, "That kind of dissonance has really affected so much of what I write about [and] the kind of characters I play. Almost all of those kinds of things [in my work] come from something really real."

    Mindy also noted that back when the show was airing, there was a lack of representation of women who looked like her on television — something she wanted to change.

    And Mindy believes that thankfully, over time, things have "really changed," for both body and racial diversity on TV.

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    That includes her show Never Have I Ever, which features an Indian American teenage girl in the lead role.

    "It would have been really valuable for me when I was coming up. It would have been just great to show [my parents] like, 'OK, this show is written by a woman of color, it stars a woman of color, it stars a bunch of women of color, it can be done,'" Mindy concluded.

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    Hear more of what Mindy had to say below:

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