Mindy Kaling has stolen the hearts of many with her hilarious sense of humor, flawless style and her own-it attitude when it comes to body image. She’s working to change stereotypes in the entertainment industry one day at a time, and we love it! This actress, writer and comedian has proven herself a worthy member of Hollywood, from her writing and acting days on the NBC sitcom The Office, to starring and producing her own show to her best-selling books, Mindy Kaling seriously does it all. Here’s 10 things you might not have known about Mindy:
10. Her Real Name
Her real name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam. According to Kaling, Vera means “incarnation of a Hindu goddess.” She got the American name ‘Mindy’ before she was even born. When her mother was pregnant she enjoyed watching the show Mork and Mindy, and when they moved to America her mother decided she needed a “cute American name,” so she gave her the name Mindy. In her early years working as a stand-up comedian after college she shortened her last name because people kept pronouncing it wrong.