Mindy Kaling Wants Us to Know This Is Her Superpower

Mindy Kaling has been on a roll lately. With her critically acclaimed movie, Late Night and her Hulu comedy series, Four Weddings and a Funeral (yes, based on the 1994 romantic comedy), under her belt this year, the hard-working mom can finally take a breath before she gets cracking on her new Netflix series, Never Have I Ever, more on that below.

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The former Conan O’Brien Show intern recently shared what keeps her rolling as a single mom, author, actress, and producer.

Never Have I Ever is her new Netflix show

It’s a coming-of-age comedy series, along the lines of The Wonder Years, with professional broadcaster and former tennis great John McEnroe narrating each episode. McEnroe recently told Late Night with Seth Meyers that Kaling’s parents had been “big tennis fans. They used to watch me play way back when.” So having him narrate was both a logical and heartfelt choice. The Why Not Me? author herself will not be appearing in the show.

Created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, the comedy series follows the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian-American teenage girl. Never Have I Ever has already received a ten-episode order from Netflix.

Motherhood agrees with her

Kaling has been understandably hesitant to reveal very much about her baby daughter, Katherine. She won’t let the media see her face nor will she reveal Katherine’s father’s name.

The Office star has never seemed happier, for example, posting photos on social media with her baby (the back of her cute little head only) in matching pajamas.

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She told The New York Times Magazine in June, “I think people are often surprised that for someone who seems as open as I am on social media and who writes things that seem drawn from my life, I find that stuff really private.”

Kaling’s secret superpower

Recently, Kaling let slip what she considers her ‘superpower,’ her secret to keeping it real and keeping it fantastic.

She told Cleveland’s Content Marketing World earlier this month, “If I have any superpower it’s the ability to really not care about people telling me not to do something.”

At the beginning of her career, Kaling was not entirely encouraged to go to Hollywood. Because women of color hadn’t really made it yet in Hollywood, her family worried. Never mind the always-present detractors who didn’t think she had what it took.

However, she stayed true to herself and knows her perseverance is helping other young people starting out.

In the same interview, she openly shared that when she finds herself feeling stuck creatively, she will try to observe what others are working on, such as a movie or television series that’s on everyone’s lips.

“And usually it elicits either two reactions,” she said. “One is, that’s amazing I have to get off my a– and start working. Which is useful. And the other is that’s so overrated, I could do that. And both I think are helpful to my creative spirit.”

Read more: Everything We Know About Mindy Kaling’s New Netflix Series, ‘Never Have I Ever’