If you put two brilliant funnywomen in a room together, comedic magic is guaranteed. Tavi Gevinson, the founder and editor of Rookie (a two-year-old website for teen girls that covers everything from sex to after-school snacking) knows this well, and commissioned a conversation between Girls' Lena Dunham and The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling for the site's second print publication, Rookie: Yearbook Two. "I feel like this is such a special glimpse into two beautiful minds and I'm honored they'd do it just for Yearbook Two," Gevinson tells Rolling Stone. "As a boss/feminist/girl/human, so many parts ring true and have gone under my word doc of wise words." Here's the Q&As' exclusive online debut:
I was a fan of Mindy Kaling's long before I was a friend of Mindy Kaling's, and the most wonderful surprise is that the experiences are remarkably similar. Mindy's work (from Matt and Ben, the fringe play that got her noticed in 2003; to her nearly decade-long run as The Office's resident clothes whore Kelly Kapoor; to her best-selling book of essays; to her pièce de résistance, The Mindy Project) is notable for its wit, openness, and ladylike ferocity. Ditto Mindy. I started picking her brain on our first date (at her favorite Ethiopian restaurant, where she taught me how to order and told me I had small bones—a first!) and continue to do so today in email chains where we get to complain to each other about the day-to-day realities of running a TV show. So this interview is just a more formal version of what I want to do to Mindy Kaling every day: quiz her, quote her, learn from her.
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