Mindy Kaling is ‘open’ to a new romance: ‘I believe in magic & timing’

Mindy Kaling appeared on the Today Show this week. She’s not promoting struck work – she was there to talk about her new Amazon deal where she’s basically highlighting diverse writers, sort of like a book club but it’s more like “hey, Mindy Kaling recommends this book!” She’s also highlighting Lion Pose, the skincare company she recently invested in. Of course, Jenna Bush and Hoda Kotb drove the conversation into Mindy’s love life! Mindy actually said some really beautiful things about her two children and missing her own mother (who passed away several years ago).

Mindy Kaling is past her teenage boy-crazy phase, but that doesn’t mean she’s taken romance off the table. In conversation with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Monday’s episode of Today, the 44-year-old Never Have I Ever creator said her once boy-obsessed nature has “definitely” ended.

“I think when I was younger, I was so far away from anything close to attention from boys, so I just imagined it,” the actress said as she reflected on her teenage years. “I had this over-active imagination cause even then I was like a writer and a creative, so I used to love these stories about people falling in love and going to movies and seeing Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in romantic comedies and all that.” At the time, romance was like “science fiction” to Kaling. “It was so far away from anything that I was part of,” she told Kotb, 59, and Bush Hager, 41.

Now, The Mindy Project star has slightly more realistic expectations about love, but she’s still open to it.

“I’m still a romantic at heart and I write these stories about people finding love when they least expect it. So of course, I’m open to that and I believe in magic and timing.”

Kaling added that her father found love again after the death of her mother, and his second chance at romance gives her hope too. “He’s an Indian man and he was in his 60s and he moved to L.A. without knowing anyone and then they met in the same apartment building. And they are such an amazing couple. People find love in unexpected places. So I don’t know about it for me personally right now, but I’m always open to it.”

[From People]

Can we really talk about this? Because I have some thoughts! As I’ve said many times before, I’m overly invested in Mindy’s life. I don’t actually think she is “open” to love or a new relationship because she’s still so f–king hung up on BJ Novak. He’s still in her life, he’s godfather to her children (if not the actual father) and he takes up a huge amount of emotional space in her life. It also feels like he controls the relationship, that he’s dictating the terms and parameters of their “friendship.” I feel like most men steer clear because Mindy is so clearly still hung up on BJ and everyone can see their unhealthy dynamic from miles away. But the story about her dad was really nice.

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  1. Renee' says:

    I like Mindy and think she is a grown adult woman who is capable of deciding who is in her life. If that happens to be BJ Novak, then I think she likes him (in whatever way) and sets it up that way. I’m going to give Mindy her own credit for deciding whom and what she wants taking up space in her life.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    I totally agree with Kaiser in her thoughts. BJ has a hold on heart that he won’t release. It could be that they are playing up their friendship to keep us talking about them. I remember watching video of an event where he was moderating a panel for her book Why Not Me. She shared about the things she loved most and didn’t include him, he made a comment like “oh thanks” because he wasn’t included. She immediately “corrected” herself and said something like “and you of course. I was like WTF dude. This is not about you. And you already know she loves you. He just seems selfish.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Sorry. She actually said that her television show was the “love of her life” and he responds with “thanks a lot.”

  3. ama1977 says:

    I like Mindy and I think she is SO MUCH BETTER than the crumbs BJ Novak gives her, but until she realizes that, she’s going to stay on his hook. All of the power is hers to say that she’s not settling anymore and she’s closing that door. I hope she does and I wish she would, because everyone deserves to be fully loved and appreciated for who and what they are.

  4. Megan says:

    Mindy loves abusive toxic white men who demean women of color.. look at all the shows she writes and ruins with that vile obsession

  5. KC says:

    Just here to say that she’s looking like a natural Kim K now. This is what Kim was spending all her money and going for all this time and Mindyr managed to be born with it! I find that amusing and hope Kim can accept what she’s turned into while she still looks good before turning into Joyce Wildensteen.