She’s an Office alum and the current executive producer, creator, head writer, and star of her self-titled sitcom, The Mindy Project. Now if all that isn’t impressive enough, that also makes Kaling one of the only women of colour to ever create her own television series. The pretty actress’ healthy size eight figure has become a topic of discussion.
Kaling told US magazine that she would love “to lose 15 pounds and exercise 5-7 times a week” in a perfect world, but when she works from 6am-2am, regular exercise almost becomes a luxury. The actress does tell the magazine that she jogs regularly due to a history of heart attacks on her paternal side.
Biography & Early Life
Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling. Born into a Hindu family, in Cambridge Massachusetts, her father Avu is an architect, while her recently deceased mother Dr. Swati Chokalingam, was a gynecologist.
It is not everyday, that an American conglomerate magazine such as Entertainment Weekly names a curvy, woman of color as one of the “50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers” in Hollywood. She is a tour de force, juggling many titles in her professional life as an actress, writer, comedian, and producer. Television viewers know her as Kelly Kapoor on recently wrapped up, long-time running sitcom The Office. Right now, you can see her on The Mindy Project, a NBC sitcom that she not only stars in but also has a huge hand in creating.
Mindy Kaling Appearance & Health
In a weight-obsessed industry, often to the point of unhealthiness, Kaling is an inspirational role model. Frankly, it is her honesty that makes her appeal to her audience. Her character on her self-titled sitcom often makes self-aware wry comments about weight.
She insists that she is petite, despite other male co-workers joking about her size. The simple fact, that Kaling is a major creative force behind the show highlights that she is aware of the obsession with looks in society. The fact, that she can make herself the end of a joke is a savvy way to get ahead of her critics.
Even in interviews, Kaling notes, “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well-meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?” Kaling is the epitome of combining self-confidence with healthy body image. She advocates being healthy not only in body but what most people forget: the mind.
Kaling’s exercise of choice: jogging. Although, don’t be prepared to be asked to come along as she often goes alone. She is not a loner; instead it is out of concern for those around her, as she calls herself an “avid slow jogger…I’m talking about an 11-minute mile.”
Her recent appearance on Conan will make you laugh. She jokes about having to create elaborate fantasies, about chasing the Nazi killer of her fake husband as ways to motivate her to exercise. This multi-talented actress makes exercising seem enjoyable.