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The Secret Behind Mindy Kaling’s Success Is Incredible

"My parents raised me with the entitlement of a tall, blond, white man."

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PARK CITY, Utah — Mindy Kaling, Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, and Kristen Wiig sat down together on Saturday for the Sundance Film Festival's Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel, where the women discussed their craft, their experiences in Hollywood, and much, much more.

One of the many highlights came during the audience Q&A when the panel was asked about traversing an industry where the major decision-makers are predominantly male and, at the start of their careers, what was "the driving force that made [them] continue, knowing these roadblocks laid ahead."


Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.

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