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Episode 2: The Mindy Project

Mindy Kaling Chris Messina Behind the Story The Mindy Project

While Mindy Kaling is the star and lead writer of her show The Mindy Project, it’s Chris Messina who takes center stage in Behind The Story.

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While Mindy Kaling is the star and lead writer of her show The Mindy Project, it’s Chris Messina who takes center stage in Behind The Story.  His quiet, understated humor visibly charms the entire cast and most of the fans. Even one of the audience members admits he had his hair cut that day in the style of Dr. Castellano, Messina’s character in the show. In addition to Kaling and Messina, we hear from Beth Grant, Ed Weeks and the rest of the creative team from the show, who brag about having the most passionate fans in television.  Over the course of the discussion, moderated by Jarett Wieselman of Buzzfeed, we hear about Kaling’s feminism, Xosha Roquemore’s character study and the inspired moments of improvisation—a certain iconic butt-grab by Messina—that make the show irresistible. Turns out the rumors are true: everyone wants to be Mindy’s best friend.