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WATCH: Mindy Kaling Talks Women, Race and 'Mindy Project' on Charlie Rose

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 2, 2014 at 12:56PM

Always-eloquent comedienne and "Mindy Project" creator, star, co-writer and co-executive producer Mindy Kaling sat down with Charlie Rose last night to talk about the series, and the complications of being a woman writing for TV.
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Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling

Always-eloquent comedienne and "Mindy Project" creator, star, co-writer and co-executive producer Mindy Kaling sat down with Charlie Rose last night to talk about the series, and the complications of being a woman writing for TV. (Watch the conversation below.)

Now in the thick of its second season, FOX's "The Mindy Project" was just renewed for a third season. Much like HBO's "Girls," "Mindy" revolves around the professional and romantic foibles of a flawed, flustered but career-driven young woman -- and Kaling is sticking to her show's unidealized representation of female characters.

"For young women, particularly minority women, that I have the job that I have is exciting for them," Kaling said. "I try not to think about it too much, but being the first American-Indian woman with her own show, and the show's not particularly about race, is really exciting for people... And it's a nice responsibility."

She describes herself, and her character, as "driven and decisive ... There are some very masculine aspects of my personality. I think people were surprised how decisive I was and in general we don't see that in women in entertainment... In a man, it seems natural and inspires confidence, but in a woman can seem brusque."

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