Steve Carell on Mindy Kaling: 'Her love of nail polish does not take away from her smartness'

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It’s not like we needed any more confirmation that Mindy Kaling was awesome and hilarious. But it never hurts to get validation from the likes of Steve Carell and Seth Rogen.

Asked about his former Office co-star, Carell told EW, “Mindy is exceptionally smart, but is not afraid to talk about nail polish. And yet, her love of nail polish does not take away from her smartness. In a perfect world, she would take my SATs for me, and then we would go to the mall together.”

Rogen had a more difficult time pinpointing what he likes about EW’s current cover girl, for our New Hollywood Issue.

“It’s always hard to define what makes a certain person funny,” he told EW. “It just comes down to how much they make me laugh. And with Mindy, it’s a lot.”

As for what she’s bringing to comedy now, Rogen — who cast Kaling in This Is the End and guest-starred on The Mindy Project as Kaling’s summer-camp love — offers: “Now that 30 Rock is off the air, she’s probably the only woman who is writing and starring and producing her own show. If you’ve read her book, you know it has a lot of the same themes: romance, pop cultural observations — and it’s all very uniquely from her perspective. It’s great that she’s found a format to get across her humor on a weekly basis.”

There are no plans for Rogen to return as a guest star on Mindy this season, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have fun while it lasted. “It was awesome. It was really impressive, honestly, that she was able to write and star and produce the whole show. And I think whenever you’re on a set that kind of has one boss, like Mindy on that show, the whole set kind of takes on the vibe of that person. It was a very happy set that had a massive focus on delicious food being around at all times, which I respect greatly. I think I ate 14 different kinds of pie my first day of shooting.”

inthisissueFor more on Mindy, pick up the New Hollywood Issue, on stands now.

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