Mindy Kaling prefers to keep her personal life out of the public eye, but she gave some insight into her views on relationships during a Monday, October 2, appearance on Today.
“I’m still a romantic at heart and I write these stories about people finding love when they least expect it,” the Office alum, 44, explained. “So, of course, I’m open to that and I believe in magic and timing.”
Mindy then recalled what it was like “when (she) was younger” and felt “so far away from anything that got boys’ attention.” So the Dartmouth College graduate was “just imagining” what it felt like to fall in love.
“I had this vivid imagination because, even back then, I was a writer and a creative, so I loved these stories of people falling in love and going to the movies, and seeing Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in comedies romantic and all that,” Megan exclaimed.
The Sex Lives of College Girls co-creator got her start in show business as a writer, actress and eventually a producer on several projects, including The Office and The Mindy Project. Mindy’s father lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012, but then found love again, which gave the Massachusetts native hope.
“He’s Indian, he was in his 60s and he moved to LA not knowing anyone and then they met in the same building,” Mindy revealed of her father and his new partner. “And they are such an incredible couple. People find love in unexpected places. So, I don’t know anything about it personally at the moment, but I’m always open to it.
Mindy has two children: daughter Katherine “Kit” Swati and son Spencer Avu. However, she has not publicly revealed who their father is. The only high-profile romance in Mindy’s life was with her Office co-star BJ Novak. The former couple dated until 2007. Despite their breakup, they remained friends, so much so that BJ, 44, is also said to be the godfather to Mindy’s children.
In February, BJ joked about his past relationship with Mindy as “tumultuous, romantic, toxic and without boundaries” when he presented her with the Norman Lear Achievement Award at the 2023 Producers Guild Awards.
“We were in love with each other, and we were reckless idiots, and we both argued about all these things forever – blocking the writers’ room until we got too upset, and we would go to our respective offices and slam the door where we would continue to argue about AOL and Instant Messenger,” the Saving Mr. Banks actor said before adding, “That was in 2005. … Almost 200 episodes of The Office together, 24 of them written by Mindy, more than any other writer on staff so far, and our conversation has never stopped.