Mindy Kaling Says She Was Called ‘Unattractive’ When ‘The Mindy Project’ Aired

When you’re in the public eye, being a celebrity is definitely under scrutiny, and it was no different for Mindy Kaling.

The actress, director, producer and writer, who rose to worldwide fame after landing the role of Kelly Kapoor in “The Office,” opened up about the horrible comments she received during her stint on “The Mindy Project.”

“I didn’t realize I was this unattractive until I was the star of my own show,” she said in an interview with Marie Claire. “So not having to see those things, that’s wonderful.”

“The number of articles that sounded like, ‘It’s so good for a culture that this unattractive woman is finally in front of the camera,'” she added.

The 43-year-old directed her own Fox comedy, which ran from 2012 to 2017.

Mindy Kaling fronted her own show, titled "The Mindy Project," from 2012 to 2017.
Mindy Kaling fronted her own show entitled “The Mindy Project” from 2012 to 2017.
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Last year, Kaling opened up about another embarrassing incident when a journalist told her she needed to “lose 15 pounds” when she was 25.

“I remember thinking I’m already someone who gets up at 6:30 a.m. for a call time to hit the gym for 45 minutes to do the elliptical,” she told Good Morning America in August 2021.

“This is my biggest insecurity and someone just called it out. When that moment happened, it was so huge for me.”

“And it was one of those things where you can’t express anger and pain in a room like that,” she added.

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