Mindy Kaling is the cute ex-girlfriend in one of my favorite movies, The 40-Year Old Virgin; she’s also on the American version of The Office playing an annoying talkative chick. The Onion’s A.V. Club has an interview with her this week in which it is mentioned that she worked as a production assistant on cold reader John Edward’s show Crossing Over. Here’s the relevant bit:
AVC: What was it like working on the show?
MK: People ask me this question all the time. I never had anything remotely remarkable happen. I’ve had so many more supernatural phenomena happen to me when I’ve been working in Burbank on The Office than I did working with John Edward. It was really just a PA jobâ€¦ the one really interesting thing was that I’d never seen grief so much. I’ve never seen so many grieving people, because I’ve never known anyone that’s died, and that was the most interesting part of it.
AVC: It sounds incredibly depressing, actually.
MK: It was pretty depressing. Although people were so excited to be able to be connecting. I mean, people who’d lost little children and stuff would come on and feel like they were connecting with them. In some ways, it could be very uplifting.
AVC: Did you feel like he actually believed that he had the ability to talk to dead people?
MK: He was pretty blasÃ© about it. This is so terrible, I’m sure I’m going to get some hate mail for this. It never seemed to me like he really believed it, but everyone around him was just telling him what a genius he was, and how amazing he was, all the time. People really did seem to believe. We’d get these letters too, people were like, “I’ve been waiting a year and a half just to come on the show,” and it’s just this shitty little studio off in Astoria. We were just like, “Wow.”
That’s particularly damning coming from someone who sounds fairly open (or at least ambivalent) toward the idea of an afterlife and supernatural abilities. For emphasis: “It never seemed to me like he really believed it.”
Read the rest of Kaling’s interview here. It’s long, but if you’re a fan of The Office you’ll enjoy it.