A common theme we hear from actors is that people often confuse them with the characters they play on the small screen. Sure, they may look similar, or sometimes even share the same first name (looking at you, Tony Danza) – but we asked ourselves, what are those fine lines that separate our favorite characters from the actors who portray them?
We managed to grab Mindy Kaling – writer, creator, and star of The Mindy Project – at a recent red carpet event for a quick rapid fire Q&A to help us set things straight – because clearly there’s no better way to get true answers from someone than through breakneck, high-pressure questioning.
Here’s what Mindy (Kaling) had to say:
Q1. Mindy or Mindy, who is the boss?
Q2. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to survive a zombie apocalypse and why?
Mindy Lahiri, because she’s ruthless.
Q3. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to spend a perverse amount of time at Costco? Doing?
Both of us, equal amount. Both of us eating samples.
Q4. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to write YA novels under a pseudonym? What kind and under what name?
Probably Mindy Lahiri. I think she would do teen vampire stuff under Chloe Silverado, which is her alias she uses at hotels.
Q5. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to ask for a refund at the movies?
Q6. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to get excited at a musical adaptation of A League of Their Own?
Oh! Probably me, Mindy Kaling.
Q7. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to start their own Etsy store?
Neither of us. Neither of us are remotely crafts-y.
Q8. Mindy or Mindy, who was more likely to be an Olympian in a past life?
[laughs] I think neither of us. Unfortunately. I wish.
Q9. Mindy or Mindy, who is more likely to lead their team to victory at trivia night?
Mindy Lahiri. She’s kind of a pop culture savant.
Q10. Mindy or Mindy, who is more excited about the return of The Mindy Project Season 5?
[With a twinkle in her eye] Oh, Mindy Kaling – me.
Season 5 of The Mindy Project premieres Tuesday, October 4 on Hulu. All previous seasons available now.