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Though he’s most recently known for his role as the grumpy-but-kind doctor Danny Castellano on Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” Chris Messina’s face has popped up often in numerous movies and TV shows in recent years. So often, in fact, that it gets overwhelming for the actor.
“There were times when I was shooting ‘The Newsroom’ at six in the morning and then I would go home and start shooting ‘The Mindy Project,’” Messina said of playing Danny and Reese of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” simultaneously. “Ultimately, I’m lucky as an actor to have that as a problem. But it was pretty tiring, and I felt like my work suffered on both shows because my focus was split. But it was definitely a fun and challenging exercise to go from such different characters and roles.”
But Messina was able to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to HuffPost TV via phone about working with Kaling, “The Newsroom,” Nora Ephron and more.
Do you want Danny and Mindy to get together?
I don’t know. I kind of enjoy the will-they-won’t-they thing. But the writers are so smart on our show, and Mindy has a real understanding of what she wants and expects from the show that I imagine if they got together, there would be a lot of fun stuff to play with. I certainly want to keep acting with Mindy because I love our scenes together and I love how our characters have grown. Danny and Mindy have become much better friends, so I wouldn’t mind teasing that out for a while. But if they did get together, I would be interested in what the ramifications of that would be. Would they act worse to each other?
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All doctors get to heal people, but not all doctors get to bring new life into the world on a regular basis, but that’s the job of the OB/GYN, like the ones portrayed on FOX’s Tuesday-night comedy ”The Mindy Project.”
Inspired by the OB/GYN mom of star, producer and writer Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), the freshman show (already renewed for a second season) focuses on romcom-loving Dr. Mindy Lahiri, who’s in practice with Drs. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina,“The Newsroom”) and Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks).
Although Danny can be gruff on the surface, Messina — taking a break before starting work on the show’s penultimate episode on the New York street set at Universal Studios in Los Angeles — thinks it was a little baby magic that set him in his professional path.
“I always thought he went to med school for something else,” Messina tells Zap2it, “but he had to make an emergency delivery, and that was it. From there on, he maybe changed his course as a doctor.”
While Mindy has had her romantic ups and downs, a lot of fan speculation centers on a possible relationship for her and the divorced Danny — but he has issues to deal with first.
“I like Danny,” Messina says. “He’s incredibly brokenhearted and set in his ways. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. He says it like it is. That’s what I like about him. He’s like Inspector Clouseau — he acts one way, but he’s really fumbling, falling. Even when it’s not such a big fall, on the inside, he’s really vulnerable.
“So, it’s been fun to play with that. Danny’s definitely compensating.”
While conventional TV wisdom says that putting flirting couples together kills a show, Kaling doesn’t think it’s necessarily a terminal situation.
“I know funny couples,” she says, “and the great thing about this, with Chris Messina, even if those two characters were a couple — and I’m not saying we’re headed there, and I’m really enjoying what’s going on in the show right now — they’re so different, and they’d have different attitudes about something as a married couple.