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Mindy Kaling is having trouble in the dating world because of her Mindy Project character.
“I am dating, but one of the challenges I have noticed is that I’m not very much like my character [Mindy Lahiri, whom Kaling created and plays on the Fox series], who is very wild, and I think that when I go on dates, there’s this expectation that I’m going to have 11 martinis and pass out and spend the night really soon,” she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. “And I think people get a little disappointed because my true self, I could never do that, have a one-night stand.”
Why, exactly? “Because I have my medications that I have to take at night, I have to be at my house and, like, do my flossing,” she noted specifically. Plus, she sleeps with a body pillow, “and then I have the pillow that when I’m reading, it’s like very firm so I can do that, but then I throw it out for my medium, soft pillow. Like Goldie Locks — everything has to be just right.”
Her character, who is currently pregnant on the show, is also getting in the way of Mindy Kaling in regards to her health, she says.
“For the storyline, it’s been very good, but for me personally, it was probably one of the worst decisions,” she said of writing in a pregnancy for her character. Wearing the belly prop is fine, she explained, “but I eat like I’m pregnant when I’m not actually pregnant so it’s been a disaster for my health!”
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