B.J. Novak’s interview with Entertainment Weekly

B.J. Novak talks to Entertainment Weekly about tonight’s episode of ‘The Mindy Project,’ in which he co-wrote and co-stars, as well as his relationship with Mindy Kaling from ‘The Office.’

Best part of the article? — B.J.’s description of Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor:

What do you think would happen if Mindy Lahiri met Ryan Howard?
Mindy Lahiri would have absolutely no patience for Ryan Howard. That is one thing I love about about this episode — we both get to play much more mature versions of ourselves. Ryan and Kelly were the kid versions of us. We invented them when we were 24, and they kind of stayed stuck in time — they were very bratty, and selfish, and a little thin. And Mindy’s character on The Mindy Project — she’s still a mess, but she’s a much more mature, self-aware adult. My character is too. She’s a doctor; I’m a Latin professor. These are grown-ups. So it feels like that was our Muppet Babies relationship, and this is us as real Muppets.

Link: B.J. Novak on his ‘Mindy Project’ arc, being BFF with Mindy Kaling, and returning to ‘The Office’


  1. Am hoping we get some kind of update (even a brief appearance) on Kelly / fiancé / Ryan in upcoming eps.

  2. He also said this:

    Yeah, it’s really cool how they started bringing the documentary stuff back in.
    That’s been the plan since the very beginning. I believe that was Mindy’s idea, back in season 3, to have Pam cry and you reveal that guy [Brian, one of the documentarians], and you reveal that they’ve had a connection.


  3. @Bad Idea Jeans WOAH!!! That’s just insane!

    I wonder if maybe she dated Brian after she ended things with Roy and before Jim ended things with Karen.

    So nuts that was tossed out there in Season 3.

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