We're huge fans of The Mindy Project, so we were ecstatic when we were invited to go see the cast at their TCA panel for season 2! The show's star Mindy Kaling spilled on upcoming guest stars, her return to The Office and where she gets her killer confidence.
Season 1's finale was a major cliffhanger. "We find out what happens to Mindy in Haiti," she said, dressed in character (left). "And then we follow my journey back to New York and see how that happens. And then there's my nemesis played by James Franco."
James is just one of many special guests appearing in season 2. "I was looking at one of our call sheets--Anders Holmes, Bill Hader, James Franco and Chloe Sevigny are all back in that one episode," Mindy said. But one guest star broke the record for bringing attention to the series. "We got way more press than virtually anyone else when Kris Humphries was playing himself in like one or two scenes." Mindy's dream guest stars are Danny McBride and Reese Witherspoon.
Before landing her own show, Mindy played Kelly Kapoor on The Office, and she recently returned for the finale. "I went back at the very beginning [of the last season] and then for the finale, which is an amazing episode," she revealed. "No pressure or anything."
So did she gloat--just a little--when she went back? "Was I like, 'Look at me, suckers? I got work after this year!' Did I say that to Kate Flannery and Creed Bratton and John Krasinski? No. Did I think it? Yes, I did."
It's no secret that Mindy is an ambitious and hardworking woman who knows what she wants, but is she as confident as she seems? "I think, it's not that I'm especially confident. If a man who had my job was comparably confident, no one would particularly think he was confident. It's just that I don't make a ton of apologies about what I do day to day, which I think is surprising to a lot of people."
But that doesn't mean she blocks everyone out. "Do I care what people think? Yeah, desperately. I'm an actor--insecure, crazy actor at my heart," she said.
Mindy credited two other people for helping build her confidence. "Also, my parents just f**king rocked. And they thought that I could do anything," Mindy said. "Until two days before my mom passed away she was like, 'Don't get married if the man is going to tell you not to do things. Just do whatever you want to do.'"
Season 2 of The Mindy Project will be premiering on FOX on September 17.