Vera Mindy Chokalingam, better known as Mindy Kaling, was born on June 24, 1979. Kaling is an American actress, comedian, and novelist most recognized for her unusual comedy, which she showcased in shows like “The Mindy Project” and the successful sitcom “The Office.” Few people are aware that Kaling also works as a voice actress. She has voiced a range of characters in her entertainment career. She is also one of Hollywood’s most popular female comedy characters. Kaling has garnered numerous awards and medals throughout her career. She was named to “Time” magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ list in 2012. Today, we want to honor this remarkable woman.
Vera Mindy Chokalingam
June 24, 1979
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, better known as Mindy Kaling, was born on June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Swati Chokalingam, an obstetrician/gynecologist, and Avu Chokalingam, an architect. Her parents were from India. They met while working in a hospital in Nigeria and later moved to the U.S. in 1979; Kaling was born later that year. In 2012, her mother died of pancreatic cancer. In 1997, she graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a Cambridge private school. The following year, she entered Dartmouth College. In 2001, she graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in playwriting. She spent much of college as a classics major, studying Latin, a subject she had studied since seventh grade.
While still in Dartmouth, Kaling interned on the set of “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien. In 2002, she made her Broadway debut in “Matt & Ben,” an off-Broadway drama. The play was co-written by her and her friend Brenda Withers. This play was a massive hit, and it was regarded as one of the ‘Top 10 Theatrical Events of the Year’ by “Time” magazine. In 2005, she landed the role of Kelly Kapoor in the T.V. sitcom “The Office.” She starred in the comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and her debut picture, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in the same year. “Unaccompanied Minors,” “License to Wed,” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” and “Despicable Me” were among the films she appeared in between 2006 and 2010. She lent her voice to the feature “Inside Out” as well as the short film “Riley’s First Date” in 2015.
In the film “The Night Before,” she played the character of Sarah. Her second book, “Why Not Me,” was published during this time. In 2018, she portrayed Mrs. Who in the science fantasy adventure film “A Wrinkle in Time.” She also starred as Amita in Gary Ross’ heist comedy “Ocean’s 8” the same year. She then appeared in “Late Night,” a 2019 American comedy-drama film.
B.J. Novak, whom she met while writing for “The Office,” is a close friend of hers. While writing and acting on the show, the two dated on and off. Novak is the godfather of her two kids. Her daughter, Katherine Swati, was born on December 15, 2017. On September 3, 2020, she gave birth to her second child, a son Spencer Avu. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on June 10, 2018. Kaling owns 1% of Swansea City, a Welsh soccer team that competes in the E.F.L. Championship.
Daniels offers Kaling a staff writing gig for the first season of “The Office.”
She makes her film debut in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” starring Steve Carell.
She releases her first memoir, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” which humorously traces the highest highs and lowest lows of her life in a collection of essays.
She pitches "The Mindy Project," a single-camera comedy that she writes, produces, and stars in, to Fox.
She is nominated as ‘Favorite Comedy Movie Star’ for “Late Night.”
Why We Love Mindy Kaling
She is a Twitter star
Mindy Kaling has a huge Twitter following, and for a good reason. When asked about her tweeting habits, she said, “I can’t get in every idea I want on “The Mindy Project” no matter how hard I try to bully the other writers. Tweeting is a way for me to get out other comic ideas and immediately get feedback.”
She is a body image role model
She loves her curves and won't change how she looks just to be on television. By being who she is, she serves her thousands of followers incredibly well. She rejects making body shaming the main focus of her program "The Mindy Project." She accepts the idea that more women could gain by devoting less time to trying to change their bodies.
She is stylish
She has a great sense of style. We enjoy seeing her outfit photos on Instagram! The girl can rock anything.
5 Surprising Facts
She likes to steal
Mindy Kaling loves stealing things from the set of "The Office."
She uses a fake name
She changes her name when ordering food for fear that the server may not like her and do something awful to her food.
She is a fan of “The Simpsons”
In 2012, she told, "Glamour" magazine that she grew up watching "The Simpsons" and even disguised herself as Marge Simpson for photoshoots.
She loves Jhumpa Lahiri
She loves reading books by Lahiri.
The meaning of her name
The name Vera means “incarnation of a Hindu goddess,” according to Kaling
Mindy Kaling FAQs
Why did Mindy Kaling change her name?
She specifically shortened her last name to Kaling after having it mispronounced on numerous occasions when starting in standup comedy.
Who is Mindy Kaling's brother?
Her brother is Vijay Chokalingam.
Who is the father of Mindy Kaling's baby?
She has never publicly revealed the father of her two children.
Mindy Kaling’s birthday dates