As the creator and star of her own sitcom, The Mindy Project, Cambridge native Mindy Kaling puts a lot of herself on-screen. But in an interview with Glamour, Kaling said that she and her TV character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, are not one and the same.
In particular, Kaling talked about the issue of marriage, something that Lahiri has been obsessed with throughout the show’s six seasons, which are set to end on Nov. 14. At the start of season six, Lahiri and her husband, Ben, a nurse, decide to divorce.
“I personally think she was just not with the right man,” Kaling told Glamour. “But I think she thinks she’s had this unhealthy obsession with marriage in that she’s ruined it for herself. I understand why she feels that way, but I don’t agree with that.”
While Kaling, 38, is unmarried, she said that she hopes that people aren’t as cynical about marriage as her character is.
“I hope America also doesn’t agree with her because as someone who is unmarried, I still have that old-fashioned feeling,” Kaling said. “I root for it as an institution, even though I see it work so infrequently.”
Kaling, who is expecting her first child, insinuated that her character’s focus on marriage is partly a response to what she sees as a loss of faith in the institution in certain parts of the country.
“I’ve had friends that have done both marriage and divorce, and I admire them so much,” Kaling said. “But because it seems like something that more and more people, particularly on the coasts, are losing faith in, I think it’s nice to have a character cling to those sort of old-fashioned things and have it actually be true.”