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The Hollywood high-achiever on how she went from The Office to writing and starring in The Mindy Project

"Amanda Knox for partying; Jesus Christ for dinner…" Mindy Kaling is drawing up the imaginary guestlists for her almost-as-imaginary social life, explaining that the most important rule comes down to inviting "no one funny. Except for me. So I would seem funnier in light of that."

Kaling is pro-league funny, though. Not "ha ha, that's cute" funny, but "ha ha, I'm writing, producing, directing and starring as the lead in my own sitcom because I'm that bloody funny" funny. And she is. Most viewers who first saw her in the Us Office, playing the spectacularly vapid Kelly Kapoor, probably wouldn't have known that she started on the series as a staff writer at just 24. Kaling was the only woman in the writers' room, holding her own against four New Yorkers who had all, »

- Nosheen Iqbal

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