I didn’t need any further confirmation that I absolutely love Steve Carell, and Mindy Kaling too for that matter. I also didn’t know that Steve Carell was capable of summarizing women’s personalities perfectly, and now that I do I’d love for him to get to know me better and boost my self-confidence a little. A little validation never hurt anyone, right? Especially when it comes to smart, funny women living in a world that doesn’t celebrate them enough.
Mindy Kaling is featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly this week, so the magazine reached out to a few of her former co-stars for some juicy tidbits about the one and only Kelly Kapoor. When asked about his former Dunder-Mifflin employee, Carell described her (and in the fantasies of my twisted mind, me) perfectly:
“Mindy is exceptionally smart, but is not afraid to talk about nail polish. And yet, her love of nail polish does not take away from her smartness. In a perfect world, she would take my SATs for me, and then we would go to the mall together.”
This kind of echoes what Bill Hader said earlier this week about funny girls. Personally, I know I’ve spent a good amount of time in my life apologizing for being funny and having a vagina at the same time. I know that’s also my own neurosis, but let’s be honest – for whatever reason, we’re intimidating. At least that’s what I’ve been told by many douche canoes in my younger years. Look, I barely snagged an above average SAT score and don’t necessarily obsess over nail polish, but that’s not what Steve was really talking about. He’s a smart, funny, successful man paying a compliment to a smart, funny, successful woman and also letting the world know it’s okay for women to have a great sense of humor and and still be girly and intelligent. Crazy!
Seth Rogen, who has also worked closely with Mindy Kaling, brought up a good point too:
“Now that 30 Rock is off the air, she’s probably the only woman who is writing and starring and producing her own show. It’s great she’s found a format to get across her humor on a weekly basis.”
I’ll admit, I tried to get into Mindy and I just couldn’t. But that’s probably because HBO, Showtime, FX, and AMC have completely spoiled me and I’m a huge snob about network television now. But that still doesn’t take away from the fact that Mindy Kaling, like Tina Fey before her, defines the lyrics “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.”
[Yeah, I went there. I got sucked into The First Wives Club the other day, okay? Deal with it.]