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Mindy Kaling Opens Up About Mother's Death to 'Parade'

Mindy Kaling Opens Up About Mother's Death to 'Parade'

Mindy Kaling graces the cover of Parade magazine’s latest issue.

Here’s what the 34-year-old The Mindy Project actress had to share with the mag:

On her mom’s death the same day her show got picked up: “It was like a gift from God or my mom. I think she was giving me something so I didn’t have to get crushed under the weight of my grief.”

On being asked if she is confident: “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”

On being different: “There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”

FYI: Mindy is wearing Tory Burch bangles.

For more from Mindy, visit Parade.com. Bigger cover inside…

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  • Jamie

    Very articulate answer to the confidence question.

  • Reeni

    That’s the worst part about losing a loved one..the special moments you live through that can’t be shared with those special people that pass on. I bet her Mom “IS” thrilled.

  • Sheyenne

    I love her!

  • Sarah

    she answered those questions perfectly! so much depth! love her

  • Pretty Ka

    Impressed :-)

  • Vissy

    She’s such a great woman, she’s so inspiring.

  • Jen

    I love her

  • Oprah

    This woman is perfect

  • Reba

    You inspire many types of people, Mindy! Good for you!

  • jaliah

    Perfect answer

  • claire m.

    love! the woman behind her great show. she is fabulous!!!

  • katien

    Very good answers. She knows her own position and the difference is not just about looks

  • Allure

    i luv the show!

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