Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American comedian, actress, and writer. From 2005 to 2012, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office. In addition to acting in it, she was a writer, executive producer, and director. For her work on the series, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. She was one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2013, and of Glamour’s “Women of The Year” in 2014. Kaling gained wider attention for creating, writing, producing and starring in the Fox/Hulu comedy series The Mindy Project (2012–2017). She was also the co-creator, writer, and producer of the NBC sitcom Champions (2018) and the Hulu miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019). Kaling's film career includes voice work in Despicable Me (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Inside Out (2015). She had starring roles in the comedy The Night Before (2015), the fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time, the heist comedy Ocean's 8 (both 2018), and the comedy Late Night (2019). In addition to her work in film and television, Kaling has written two New York Times best-selling memoirs, titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (2011) and Why Not Me? (2015).