Mindy Kaling Wasn’t Considered Attractive Or Funny Enough To Play Mindy Kaling

Who better to play her than, er… herself?

This is Mindy Kaling, a successful actor, writer, comedian, and director.

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Kaling is best known for portraying Kelly Kapoor on the U.S. version of The Office and creating and starring as Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project.

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But her success didn’t come without hurdles. In an interview with The Guardian, Kaling said that she was offered a sketch show by a network, but they made her audition for the role of herself. They rejected her for that role.


Kaling said the experience was “humiliating” and that the network turned her down because they didn’t think she was funny or pretty enough. But then Kaling added:

That network is no longer on the air, and The Office went on to be one of NBC’s most hit shows in years. I feel like karmically, I was vindicated, but at the time it felt terrible.

Via theguardian.com

Sweet, wonderful karma. More power to you, Kaling.

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