Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam on June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Indian couple Avupaiappan Chokalingam and Swati Chokalingam. She has been called Mindy rather than Vera from birth, and Kaling is a shortened version of Chokalingam.
A renowned American actress, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author, she has won dozens of awards, including the People’s Choice Awards, Critic’s Choice Awards, and Readers Choice Awards. Mindy is an absolute legend and very few people have accomplished as much as she has across several different fields. If you’re interested in her husband, kids, or net worth, you can find those details below.
The Mindy Kaling Wiki
|Vera Mindy Chokalingam
|Actress, Comedian, Screenwriter, Producer and Author
|Staring as Kelly Kapoor on the US TV series The Office
|Date of Birth/Birthday
|24 June 1979
|42 Years (As in 2021)
|Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
|Zodiac Sign/Star Sign
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
|in Feet-Inches – 5’ 4” in meters – 1.63 m in centimeters – 163 cm
Family Members & Relatives
|Katherine Swati Kaling
Spencer Avu Kaling
Husband & Marital Status
Mindy developed a romantic association while working on The Office with BJ Novak, a co-actor. The couple dated intermittently for years while ironically reflecting their characters in The Office.
She gave birth to her first child, Katherine Swati Kaling, in 2017. Although Mindy never revealed the father’s identity, she nominated BJ Novak as the child’s God Father.
The birth of her second child, Spencer Avu Kaling was announced in October 2020. The identity of her second child’s father is also unknown.
|Current Relationship Status
Education, School & College
|Buckingham Browns & Nichols Upper School
The net worth of Mindy Kaling is estimated to be about $40 million. According to Celebrity Net worth, Kaling made $150,000 for each episode from the Mindy Project. Her earnings are still unclear for The Office, but she must have made a tidy sum because she actively appeared in all nine seasons.
According to Forbes, Mindy was considered the 7th highest-paid actress in 2014. In 2016, Forbes again nominated Kaling as the third highest-paid tv actress.
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Mindy In The Office
The Mindy Kaling Biography
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, professionally known as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, screenwriter, and author born on June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, to Avupaiappan and Swati Chokalingam.
Mindy Kaling’s parents, Avupaiappan and Swati, met in Nigeria while working at the same hospital. Her father, an architect, was supervising construction work at the hospital building while Kaling’s mother worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Kaling is a shortened version of Chokalingam, and although her first name is Vera, Mindy has stated that nobody has ever called her by that name, not even while her mother was pregnant with her.
It is believed she shortened her ethnic Indian name to make it easier to pronounce for English speakers. A scene played out by Mindy in the TV series The Office reinforces this premise. The scene involves Mindy’s character screaming, “Well, you know what my middle name is? Rajnigandha – and I hate it…I HATE it!!!”
The Journey To Stardom
While studying at Dartmouth College, Mindy belonged to The Dog Day improvisation comedy troupe. Mindy was also a member of The Rockapellas and a writer for Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.
Kaling became an intern on Late Night with Conan O’Brien when she was just 19 years old and still at Dartmouth.
She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in playwriting.
After graduating from college, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she worked for three months as a production assistant on the psychic show Crossing Over With John Edward. She later referred to this as her “worst job ever.”
In 2004, Mindy performed an off-Broadway comedy that she wrote named “Matt and Ben.” Legendary television producer Greg Daniels was in the audience and thought the play was hilarious. He was also impressed by the originality of Mindy’s writing. After witnessing Mindy’s comedy genius, Greg Daniels recruited her to join his team of writers for his US adaption of The Office.
When she joined the team, Mindy’s character, Kelly Kapoor, had already been scripted to be a timid, conservative Indian girl. However, fans of the show will know Kelly Kapoor was anything but shy. Greg later explained in an interview that the Kelly seen in the show was not as he intended her to be because Mindy continuously went off script and ‘hijacked’ the character.
Kelly Kapoor was not the character Mindy thought she should be, and she was right! Without her improvisation, Kelly would have been incredibly dull, and we would never have gotten to enjoy the on-again, off-again romance between Kelly and Ryan.
Although she is most famous for her time in The Office, Mindy made appearances in several other shows. In 2005, she played Richard Lewis’s assistant on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also made an appearance as Vanetha in The Five-Year Engagement.
Achievements and Awards
In 2006, she won the Writers Guild of America Award for a Comedy Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In 2007, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series for a second time. She also won the Asian Excellence Awards for Supporting Television Actress the same year.
In 2012, for The Mindy Project, she won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
In 2013, she won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer in the field of Entertainment. In the same year, Entertainment Weekly recognized Mindy as one of the “50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers” in Hollywood, and, by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In 2014, she again won the Gracie Award, this time for Outstanding Female Actor in the field of Comedy.
In 2015, she won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series. Additionally, she received the Readers Choice Award for Best Humor Book.
In 2018, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College for her humanitarian and philanthropic contributions.
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