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Mindy Kaling has two memoirs and a show in which she plays a character with her own name, but she hasn't yet graced the internet with a Reddit AMA in the decade that she's been famous. Until now! At 1:30pm this afternoon, she tweeted, "it's happening guys." Find her best answers below. But yes, before you scroll down, someone did ask if she and B.J. Novak were going to get married, and no, she did not answer it.
On what inspired her to create The Mindy Project: "Probably Pride & Prejudice andSouth Park? Bridget Jones a little. And of course I was inspired by the jokes-per-minute pace of The Office, since that's where I worked for eight years.
On the most difficult scene from The Office to get through without laughing: "The Christmas episode where Michael asked Kevin to sit on his lap, and Steve had to pretend to be crushed under his weight. I think I'm laughing on camera."
On "FASHION SHOW AT LUNCH!": "This line, probably my most quoted lines ever, is 100% Paul Lieberstein [the actor who plays Toby.]"
On working with The Mindy Project costume designer Salvador Perez: "Sal is a wonderful genius who also calls me 'Spoiled Princess from Hell.'"
On what Ike Barinholtz, "Morgan" on The Mindy Project, smells like: "Chicago-style hot dogs. And cocaine. And, if we're being totally honest, a little semen-y (his own semen)."
On who makes her laugh harder than anyone else: "Chris Farley as Matt Foley, inspirational speaker."
On the worst date she's ever been on: "The worst date I've ever been on was with a guy who I was super excited about, really attracted to, and then on the date it became apparent that it WASN'T a date. He was just a straight dude who was psyched to have dinner with me in a platonic way. He talked about an actress he really wanted to date and we split the check. Thus is dating in Los Angeles."
On her biggest struggles during her teens and twenties: "My teens and twenties were really challenging. TV and film wasn't like it is now, where you could turn on the TV and there's a reasonable expectation that you could see people that bore resemblance to me. So I had to dream in a vacuum. I was never, ever, ever skinny, and therefore never considered 'pretty,' even though I loved clothes and makeup and dressing up. That was really hard in middle school and high school. I was always comforted by this strange little fire inside of me that when I got older things would not be like that. Some comfort, huh? It should be noted that I was a very focused, odd kid."
On whether she identifies as a feminist: "Yup!"
On what Disney princess she'd be in real life: "I am no princess. I am Ursula the Sea Witch."