Mindy Kaling Mistaken for Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai

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Mindy Kaling

The 'Mindy Project' star hasn't actually won a Nobel Prize, just for the record

There are certainly worse people to be mistaken for. 

Actress Mindy Kaling was incorrectly identified as 17-year-old Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai by a guest at a recent event she was attending, according to the New York Times.

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Kaling was at a New Yorker Festival party at the Trump SoHo New York hotspot Boom Boom Room when a drunk man in his 80s said to her, "Congratulations on your Nobel Prize." He told her he was impressed by how well she had recovered from Taliban gunfire. 

Kaling was shocked and, once the man had walked away, turned to someone else who had witnessed the exchange. "Did he really think I’m Malala?" the Mindy Project star asked, adding: “And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?" 

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Yousafzai, a Pakistani student activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt at age 14, won the Nobel Prize earlier this month. Director Davis Guggenheim is working on a documentary about her life

"That’s the best thing that’s happened all night," Kaling continued about the awkward conversation.

Malala Yousafzai

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