Both Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling voice emotions in Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out that cultivate personality islands in the mind of Riley, the young girl whose brain the film takes place in. During the L.A. press junket, the two actresses/writers/producers talked about how they nurture their personality islands through collaboration, important core memories, and resonating with young girls, who are inspired by their success as women in entertainment.
Q: Amy, I wanna ask you about sitting down with him (Pete Doctor), going through the script, and maybe making adjustments to certain things about it. What was that like to do that with Pixar?
Amy Poehler: It was awesome. I have a theory that with the exception of a few eccentric geniuses, I feel like most talented people are good collaborators, because they are not threatened by other people’s good ideas, because they have a million of them. It was awesome, and my fear was that Joy would get annoying, and apparently she was, because no one wanted to be her. That’s okay. That’s okay, but just tracking that, and making sure that she’s – you know what I mean. We talked a lot about that and pitched jokes, ways to walk that line where you weren’t like… she wasn’t driving you crazy.
Q: Mindy… and Amy if you might like to chime in. Of course, the movie is all about feelings and memories. What is a core memory that you have as performer or writer or producer?
Mindy Kaling: Sure. First, I’d just like to say that the idea of a core memory… if that’s something that Pete and Jonas and Ronnie in this movie named it, I didn’t know it (before). There are such things as core memories, and that’s what’s so enjoyable about the movie as you’re watching. You’re like, “Thank you for putting a name on that. Now I know.” For me, my core memory was that my mother who was my absolute best friend… she was an OB/GYN when I was very little. I would have that thing with my brothers, competitive about spending time with her alone, like one on one. That was so important to me, that no one would be around except the two of us.
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You know the drill: Whenever a Hollywood star talks about filming sex scenes for a movie or TV show, it’s generally accompanied by an eye roll and claims that it’s so weird and so awkward and there’s usually a giant dude with a camera hovering over you, gross.
Mindy Kaling, however, would like to tell you the truth: Filming sex scenes is actually awesome.
In a print preview of her upcoming book, called “Why Not Me?” and scheduled for release Sept. 29, Kaling features a chapter titled “I Love Sex Scenes!” where she details one of the best-kept secrets in showbiz. She quotes a few celebrities who complain about filming intimate scenes, from Justin Timberlake (“It’s actually kind of annoying”) to Mila Kunis (“The whole thing is just wrong”). But Kaling clears up the truth with some refreshing real talk.
Mindy Kaling isn’t shying away from serving as a role model to girls and women, but that doesn’t mean she wants her character on “The Mindy Project,” Dr. Mindy Lahiri, to be considered an aspirational figure.
Kaling recently spoke about her misgivings of having Lahiri elevated to role-model status and how the move to Hulu will affect the series during a panel at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA.
“I do feel like with my job that it’s important to be a role model,” Kaling shared. “And I think that it becomes tricky, because I don’t think that Mindy Lahiri is a role model. She’s a comedy character the way that Michael Scott is a comedy character and Kenny Powers is a comedy character. We crave women as leads so much that I think we conflate the two. But if anything, I would like to be the person that girls look up to.”
Remember when you were young and in love with your handsome and charming boyfriend, and the two of you starred in a hilarious, award-winning TV show together? And then he broke your heart? And then you stayed close friends and even watched the Super Bowl together?
No? You do not remember this? OK, if you were Mindy Kaling and your ex was B.J. Novak, you would remember this.
Now, the pair have a $7.5 million contract to write a book about their complicated relationship, according to a The Daily News.
“I will freely admit: My relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell,” Mindy once told InStyle. “He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend. I guess you could describe our relationship as a ‘romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept this as a new status.”
As expected, Hulu has salvaged The Mindy Project from Fox’s scrap heap, ordering a super-sized, 26-episode fourth season of the acclaimed comedy.
Fox cancelled the Mindy Kaling-fronted sitcom after three seasons on May 6. By then, Universal TV — which owns Mindy Project and saw the writing on the wall at Fox — had already begun talks with Hulu about a pickup.
“I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show,” said Kaling in a statement. “It’s such an exciting place to be.”
Hulu is currently the exclusive streaming home to all past episodes of the series. A premiere date for Season 4 is TBD.
Guess we’ll never find out exactly what the Staten Island Handshake is after all. Or will we…
As we predicted, Fox has cancelled The Mindy Project after three seasons. That’s the bad news. The better news is that the Mindy Kaling comedy may live on at Hulu.
According to sources, Universal TV — which owns TMP and has a vested interest in seeing it cross the syndication-friendly, 100-episode threshold — is talking to Hulu about a multi-season pickup of the acclaimed comedy (that would be Season 4 and beyond).
Reps for Fox and Universal declined to comment.
Because nobody is hanging out without her these days, Mindy Kaling has announced the release date of her second book, “Why Not Me?” Due out Sept. 9, it’s currently available for preorder. According to her site, the memoir will be another collection of essays “that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.”
She originally announced the book news at last year’s SXSW and explained its title in an interview with the LA Times. “[Why not me?] has kind of been my subconscious motto my whole life. So much has happened between the time I published my first book and now. The show; my mother passed away; so many of my friends have gotten married. I’m a godmother now and a homeowner. There’s so much that has happened in that period of time that I wanted to write another book.”