Didn’t Know How Unattractive I Was: Mindy Kaling


Mindy Kaling opened up about ‘realizing she’s unattractive’ after reading reviews about her work, particularly her show ‘The Mindy Project’.

The groundbreaking writer, actor and producer, opened up about the initial reviews on her appearance when her show became a hit. As well as finding confidence later on.

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Speaking to Marie Claire for its ‘Wellness Issue‘, the 43-year-old actress and filmmaker opened up about some ‘ugly truths’ about her place in Hollywood. Especially during her time as the frontrunner for her own show ‘The Mindy Project’.

“The amount of articles that were like, ‘It’s so good for a culture that this unattractive woman is finally on camera,’” she said referring to reading old reviews about The Mindy Project.

The Never Have I Ever producer stated that she ‘didn’t know how unattractive I was’.

“I didn’t know I was so unattractive until I was the star of my own show. So not having to see those things [now], that’s wonderful.”

Now Mindy Kaling has more confidence and isn’t letting haters bring her down. Stating that she has ‘ worked too hard for that’.

“After being so unhappy in my teenage years and in my 20s … I feel so content now,” she explained. “I am so happy with my career. I love my family. I love my freedom — I have the freedom that comes with being financially stable, and I don’t have to run anything by anybody.”

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The writer-cum-producer also talked about others being inspired by her.

“I love going to set and watching these actors saying my words and coming up to me and asking my take on things,” she said of her work on Never Have I Ever.

Speaking more on her career journey she talked about work-life balance, paired with parenthood. Especially as a single mother and with the loss of her mother. On the subject of wellness, she talked about shedding the stigma that comes with certain efforts for one’s own wellness, such as going to therapy.

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