"It's something that's on everybody's mind. In our office environment we try to be as eco-friendly as we can," says Matt Warburton, executive producer of the new Fox sitcom "The Mindy Project." That sensibility extends to the scripts. "In the second episode we have a bunch of jokes about recycling."

 

The series stars "The Office" alumna Mindy Kaling in another workplace comedy, casting her as a successful doctor whose personal life is a mess. "The really fun thing about this character is that she wants to just be a better person, so much a part of her life. She's a great doctor, kind of hyper‑educated but wants to be like a better catch, wants to be a better friend, wants to work out, wants to actually read books and tries to be a little bit more intellectual, and wants to get her life together. I just think she's super-relatable," says Kaling. "The characters' expectations of how things should work out, and how they actually work out in real life, is so much of where the comedy comes from in this series."

 

She chose the medical profession "because my mother was an OB/GYN, and it was just a job that I had done a lot of research on kind of accidentally throughout my life. My parents would have loved for me to have been a doctor, but I was bad at science, and actually, I wasn't like a theatrical kid. I didn't do plays or anything." Kaling confides. "I was largely silent until I was like about 15 or 16 years old. But I was always a comedy nerd, you know, stay up late, sneak downstairs, watch 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Kids in the Hall' and things like that." 

 

Wearing many hats as actor, writer, and executive producer on the show, which premieres Sept. 25, keeps her busy, but she also has roles in two upcoming movies. This November, she'll voice "a hyper girly, bratty, villainous character" named Taffyta Muttonfudge in the animated "Wreck-it Ralph," and in June she'll play herself in a party scene in "The End of the World," a star-studded apocalyptic comedy.

 

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