Chris Messina Talks The Mindy Project, Kissing Mindy Kaling, and His New Leading Man Status
Glamour: I’m just going to jump right in here. Mindy Kaling told me that you and B.J. Novak have been the only guys she’s kissed with tongue on camera.
Chris Messina: Oh wow.
Glamour: Was it something you guys talked about prior?
Chris: No. Kissing is either a real perk of the job, or it can be very strange. You [almost] become numb to it because it’s so technical. With Mindy, it’s a perk of the job, but it’s awkward too only because you’re surrounded by people watching you kiss.
Glamour: How nervous were you when it came time to film the kiss on the airplane?
Chris: I wasn’t really that nervous to be honest. I wasn’t that nervous about the butt grab either. I thought it was well written and well conceived. I felt very taken care of from the material. I’ve kissed a lot of girls in movies, so I was OK. [Laughs]
Glamour: Mindy was singing your praises to me because you had a lot of screen time in that episode without dialogue and you had to convey so many feelings.
Chris: I like that. I don’t like a lot of dialogue. I like silence.
Glamour: How do you like dancing then?
Chris: I like dancing. [Laughs]
Ike Barinholtz Compares Acting on Film and Television
Q: What are the pros and cons of acting in an ensemble film or series? A: Acting in an ensemble film is great. When we were shooting some of the scenes in Neighbors, specifically in the frat house, you have so many different ingredients. You have Jerrod Carmichael, who is an amazing comedian. You have Dave Franco, who is an amazing actor. You have Seth Rogen, who is an amazing writer. So you have all of these different points of view blending together. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and sometimes it does. Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver really put together a funny and different group of people. We had the young, old, stand-up, sketch, etc.
Q: What are the pros and cons between acting in a television series or on film? A: In television, you are stuck with that character and you really have to commit to it. You really have to learn from it. But on a film, you’re only playing that character for a week, a month, or two months. You’re really holding onto the character and building onto it.
On diversity, Mindy Kaling finds herself held to higher standard
When “The Mindy Project” premiered on Fox in fall 2012, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in the diversity of mainstream television. Its star, Mindy Kaling, who plays a romantically challenged obstetrician in a New York hospital, became the first woman of color to create, helm and star in a successful sitcom on a major network.
But even as the broadcast networks overall are showcasing more minority actors in scripted programming than ever, Kaling is facing mounting criticism that her own sitcom isn’t diverse enough. Critics and other observers have pointed out that the popular Indian American actress and executive producer with 2.8 million Twitter followers has surrounded her prime-time fictional self with a mostly white cast.
Unlike many past and present medical shows on network television — a list that includes “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scrubs,” “House” and even “E.R.” — “The Mindy Project” does not feature a strong multi-ethnic ensemble. In addition to Kaling’s character, the only other minority regular cast member is Xosha Roquemore, who joined the show late in the first season as a sassy nurse.
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Episode Guide Updated
I’ve updated the Season 2 episode guide here. It’s not complete yet, but I will try to get it finished soon!
#1.08 – “Two to One” DVD Screen Caps
Chris Messina in a G-String and More From the Critics’ Choice TV Awards!
826LA Skypes with the Writers of “The Mindy Project”
All week long, students from our poetry workshop Words, Spoken have had the opportunity to learn from working writers. Chicana poet/intermedia artist Gloria Alvarez is leading this year’s workshop, which has included special guests Luis Rodriguez, Iris De Anda, Jane Anderson, Ashaki Jackson, and J. Ryan Stradal. These opportunities to talk with working writers give students a greater perspective on the places that writing can take them personally and professionally.
Today, students were able to Skype with a group of writers whose words are well known to TV viewers: Mindy Kaling and the writers of The Mindy Project! In preparation for the Skype session, students watched clips from episodes of The Mindy Project and The Office and thought up some questions to ask. Students were interested in learning more about what went into the making of their favorite episodes and what it’s like to write collaboratively.
Another student wanted to know if any of the writers had had the experience of writing with a group of people who just didn’t get along? After a big laugh, the writers replied, “Sometimes it’s coming from a place of creativity. Maybe some of you want to write action and some of you want to write comedy. It’s good for people to have differences because it’s funny, and you can put that into the script.”
5 Questions With ‘Mindy Project’ Star Ike Barinholtz: Emmy Contender Quickie
Ike Barinholtz is seeing a whirlwind of success as you’re seeing more of Ike Barinholtz.
The “Mindy Project” writer and now breakout actor recently appeared in strong summer comedy “Neighbors,” opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and is currently filming “The Nest” with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. TheWrap caught up with Barinholtz for a quick exchange as Friday’s Emmy nomination deadline loomed.
The comedic actor told us that frontrunners “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective” are two dramas that would have his vote. He also took a moment to talk about unexpected sexual tension on the “Mindy” set. Coincidentally, Kaling will be announcing the Emmy nominees with Carson Daly on July 10.
What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
Make it through one take without breaking. (I am a bad actor.)
What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
I enjoyed the episode where I am trying to seduce Mindy. I know she wants me sexually, but she was pretending that she wasn’t into it — something about me being inappropriate in the workplace.
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