Will Mindy and Matt become TV’s next “it” couple?
We’ll have to watch what happens during next year’s Super Bowl to find out, as London’s Daily Mail is reporting that the erstwhile Jason Bourne was spotted in L.A. getting cozy with theMindy Project star while the two filmed a Super Bowl commercial.
According to The Mail, Mindy and Matt “were spotted in an intimate embrace,” with Mindy — dolled up in a chic floral dress and green houndstooth coat — caressing the actor’s face while filming on Saturday.
Although it’s still unknown exactly what they were shooting, The Mail reports that Matt and Mindy “had no trouble getting into character for the romantic scene” shot for the upcoming commercial.
Mindy Kaling is the creator, star and a writer of “The Mindy Project,” a rom-com sitcom currently in its third season. As she so eloquently put it in March: “I’m a f**king Indian woman who has her own f**king network television show.”
Now Kaling can add being named one of Glamour’s 2014 women of the year to her already lengthy (and impressive) resumé. Kaling spoke with Glamour’s Megan Angelo about how her feminist values spill over into her show’s storylines and her hiring practices.
For Kaling, feminism is a given — because that’s who she is. “I am a feminist. So if that leaks into every episode of the show, I (a) like it and (b) don’t do it on a conscious level,” said Kaling. “That’s just our standpoint.”
The star also addressed the way she hires her writing staff, noting that she makes it a top priority to have a diverse group of writers contributing to her show’s scripts. “It’s my responsibility to try to encourage groups that don’t get represented,” she told Angelo. “I can’t just hire willy-nilly. It’s important for me to have our eight female writers because my show is about women.”
The Mindy Project wrapped its run for 2014 last night with what’s become a now-signature holiday-party episode in which Big Things Happen. Last night’s twist (spoiler alert) was that instead of Mindy getting engaged — as the show’s writers had hinted might be in the offering — she landed a plum medical fellowship at Stanford. (Read our recap of the episode here.) The good news: Rather than threaten Mindy and Danny’s relationship, the episode only underscored just how solid the two are (at least for now). The even better news: Fox last month announced it was expanding Mindy’s third season from 15 episodes to a nearly standard 21-episode order, a sign the network is still committed to the show despite its modest ratings. Vulture caught up with creator/star Mindy Kaling this week via email to discuss last night’s episode, what’s next for Mindy and Danny, and whether or not she’s onboard with our plan to create a Mindy spinoff starring Danny’s mom (Rhea Perlman).
Another emotional Christmas episode on The Mindy Project! It looked like Mindy was going to have her heart broken again this year, as in season one, but things worked out. She and Danny are still in a great place, and Mindy has taken a big step forward in her professional life. Was there any debate about how things would turn out?
We had a lot of discussions about gestures in this episode. Danny is usually the one to do them, to come in and save the day. We wanted Mindy to make a thoughtful gesture to him because we don’t see that as much. That’s how we came up with the Ken Burns–style documentary. Then Charlie [Grandy] wrote an incredibly funny script.
The Mindy Project returns tonight!
To celebrate, I hit the set, and chatted up Mindy Kaling herself, and all your favorite TMP cast members about what’s ahead for TV’s best comedy. (No, we won’t ever stop saying it.)
Here are 7 things to expect:
More S.E.X.! “It feels like a 2:30 in the morning show, right?” Mindy muses aboutTMP’s current, which has included an episode about, um, back-door sex, among other things (although the characters managed to never use the words for it, and kept it funny and classy!). “We really pushed the envelope this season.” Kaling adds that although we will also focus a lot on her alter-ego’s work life in upcoming episodes (and a big trip…see below), there’s also plenty of sexy time for Danny and Mindy. And she’s getting more comfortable with the racier scenes. “[Chris Messina] is so comfortable in his skin and I think it’s because he’s a dancer and just like, really good-looking,” Mindy says with a laugh. “He’s so comfortable in his skin and it kinds of rubs off. And I’m like every other woman, where I’m anxious how I look naked, and the rest of it, but when you’re around someone like that, it just kind of goes to the wayside. I guess I’m like Chris now, because he has seen every inch of my body, and I his.” Not a bad day a the office. Ammiright, ladies?
Mindy Kaling has a confession to make: she did not watch The Brady Bunch growing up. “I know that makes me sound like a weirdo or somehow un-American,” says the 35-year old collector of hyphens (writer-director-producer-actor-director-six-time-Emmy-nominee). “I know that everyone of a certain age watched The Brady Bunchwhen they were kids. I don’t know why I didn’t; I just didn’t.”
If Kaling’s cultural blind spot are the boudoir patois of Carol and Mike Brady or the sage parental surrogacy and good eats provided by housekeeper Alice or the bourgeois, solved-in-22-minutes conflicts of middle-class blended families, her funny bone is in no way handicapped by the gap. Indeed, simultaneously knee-slapping, Zeitgeist-tapping, and occasionally poignant, her work on The Office and The Mindy Project and her 2012 bestselling collection of comedic essays Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Kaling has made an irrefutable case for being one of the world’s funniest human beings.
On Saturday night, Mindy Kaling sat down with The New Yorker’s television critic, Emily Nussbaum, as part of the New Yorker Festival to talk about all things Mindy Project. In front of an adoring crowd, they chatted about everything from making out with guys on-screen (“It’s just so fun”) to filming last week’s episode in which boyfriend Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) wanted to try out anal sex with Mindy for the first time. (“I slipped,” he claimed.) Thankfully her dad didn’t mention it to her when they talked the next day, but one audience member asked her about the issue of consent. The self-described “hard-core” fan asked, “Were you at all surprised by any of the negative reactions that you got from some of your biggest supporters, and what is your response to that?” Kaling had this to say:
I would say this: I think I disagree with you. And I think that Danny is a wonderful character, a wish-fulfillment character, and he loves Mindy, and they have a relationship that is very understanding with each other, and he tried something because he was trying to see what he could get away with. But I don’t think that in that relationship that Mindy’s reaction to it was ‘I feel violated’; it was ‘Hey man, run that by me!’ I think that, we have to, in knowing what their relationship is and knowing that the way it was portrayed, it wasn’t something that made her feel unsafe or degraded … you can love someone and be in a relationship with them when you’re both consenting adults, and people can try things and you can be like … ‘I busted you on that.’
It was not an issue of sexual unsafety. I understand people felt that way, and I disagree … In a larger sense, we have this card — this red card — of stirring fear in men about certain things. I was sad about that because I thought, ‘Is that a situation where we want to use that card for that?’ It bummed me out a little bit. There was no sexual peril in there; it was not a situation where she felt unsafe or was objectified. She just was startled … I was sad about that.