If any pairing has reason to use the “it’s complicated” relationship status on Facebook, it’s B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling.
While speaking with PEOPLE about his new children’s picture book,The Book with No Pictures, the actor, 35, opened up about his friendly – and at times romantic – relationship with his former Officecostar.
“Complicated,” he said when asked to describe Kaling in one word. “A really complicated person and a really complicated friendship, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
For her part, Kaling, 35, told Howard Stern in an interview on his radio show Sept. 15 that Novak broke her heart when he ended their romance a decade ago.
“That was the hottest I’ve ever looked because I stopped eating,” she recalled. “When I get depressed, I stop eating. I was so miserable and I was so beautiful.”
She added that had Novak proposed to her at the time, she would have said yes.
“I was 24,” she said with a laugh. “But for the record, if anyone had asked me to marry them, I would have said yes.”
These days, Novak’s playing the dating game, which he calls “difficult.”
Says the actor: “Dating head-on sounds so sort of cheesy and outdated. I picture someone with a glass of wine and a candle on the table saying, ‘So do you have any brothers and sisters?’ ”
“I feel like the best dating is when you don’t realize it’s dating, when you’re just coconspirators,” he adds. “When you’re both like, ‘Can we ditch this date and do something fun?’ That’s real dating to me.”
It sounds like Mindy Kaling was pretty head over heels for ex-boyfriend B.J. Novakwhen they dated years ago.
In a new radio interview with Howard Stern, the 35-year-old actress admits her Officeco-star and former flame is her greatest love to date.
“He broke up with me,” Kaling dished to Stern. “It was years ago that that breakup happened.”
The Mindy Project star says she was “so sad” when they split. “Not angry, sad,” she said. “That was the hottest I’ve ever looked because I stopped eating. When I get depressed I stop eating. So I was so miserable and so beautiful. I remember waking up, barely getting out of bed and we worked together but I didn’t care. I had no makeup on…I was real miserable.”
Stern asked if Novak was the best sex she’s ever had. “It was pretty damn good,” Kaling admitted. “Real good. He’s a smart and funny guy.”
During a packed The Mindy Project press day in New York City, Mindy Kaling spent a moment reflecting on the comedy greatness of the late Joan Rivers.
“Joan was so incredible for so many reasons. … She was completely fearless and totally fine with taking an insult,” she said on Friday morning, as part AOL’s BUILD Speaker Series. Though Kaling didn’t personally know the comedian, who died last Thursday following cardiac arrest, she praised her body of work and lightheartedly noted that she was a victim of her Fashion Police lashings on several occasions. “Letting your sensitivities drop — we can’t be offended when people call girls ugly. We can’t be offended when boys say that they think we’re fat. Those are things that should not be important to us. … She was both someone who dished a lot but also taught, ‘Hey, don’t take it personally.’ So that was very inspiring.