Mindy Kaling is reminiscing about a terrible experience she had with a stranger who, at first, she mistook for a devoted follower of The Office.
In honor of Halloween, the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Kimmel, asked the actress, who is 43 years old, whether or not she had ever been in a “genuinely scary scenario” on Monday’s installment of the show.
After that, Kaling proceeded to remember an evening from several years ago when she and her co-star and close friend B.J. In Los Angeles, Novak made his way to a restaurant for supper. During that time, Kaling was expecting her daughter Katherine, who is now 4 years old.
When I was truly eight and a half months pregnant with my daughter, Kaling continued, “the most genuinely scary scenario I’ve ever been in was when I was actually in the hospital.” “I went to dinner with my friend B.J. Novak… He parked the car, and as soon as we got out of the car, I saw there was a strange kind of person staring at us from the parking meter.”
After Kaling exited the vehicle, she discovered that the individual looked to be a supporter of the NBC show, to which she had initially expressed concern. The Mindy Project actor recalled that when they exited the building, the man said something to the effect of “Hey, love you guys on The Office!”
“Following that, we descended the stairs to make our way to the restaurant,” she continued. “Whatever the explanation may be, the restaurant is currently closed. Then we walked got into the car, and when we got there — or what we thought was the car — we were like, “Oh, that’s probably not it, because there’s somebody sitting in the driver’s seat,” and we kept walking. After that, we walked back to the car again.”
When Kaling and Novak, 43, realized they had gone too far, they turned around and walked back to his car, which she described as being “nice” and having an automated locking mechanism.
“We go back to the car and the guy that we had talked to by the meter had gotten into B.J.’s car, was sitting in the driver’s seat, and had B.J.’s laptop open and was on B.J.’s MacBook,” she recounted bemusedly. “We go back to the car and the guy that we had chatted to by the meter had gotten into B.J.’s car, was sitting in the driver’s seat, and had B. “Which is so unusual because he did not attempt to steal his items,” the speaker said.
The two then made the decision to face the individual. Despite the fact that she was pregnant at the time, Kaling stated that she walked to the door on the driver’s side of the vehicle and blocked it to prevent the man from escaping.
She made the remark in jest to Kimmel, who is 55 years old: “My sense of my sense of justice was bigger than my sense of wanting to live.”
She then went on to say that after that, B.J. strolled over to their side and said, “What did you take?” “The guy kept looking over towards the exit in an apparent effort to flee the scene. I was just sitting there thinking, ‘You’re not going anywhere,’ so I said it out loud. Finally, B.J. received his laptop as well as the rest of his belongings, and he indicated to me with a nod that I should let him out of the room and open the door.”
Then, Kaling referred to what followed as the “most peculiar” event. As soon as the man got out of the car, he greeted the two women and said, “You guys need to exercise caution. It would be easy for anyone to get into your car.”
She stated it with a grin, but under her breath, she added, “As though this whole thing had been this like, ruse, he had planned to teach us a valuable lesson.” “By the way, it is something that we did learn from it! After that, he kind of went off in a different direction.”
Kaling and Novak have been open about their now platonic love for each other ever since they costarred on The Office together in 2004. After dating on and off in real life, they have been good friends since they costarred on The Office together that year.
They have collaborated on creative endeavors and supported one another at red-carpet premieres, and in 2017, Kaling made Novak an official member of her family by appointing him as her daughter’s godfather. They have worked together on creative endeavors, supported one another at red carpet premieres, and attended each other’s red carpet premieres.
In an exclusive interview that was conducted in 2014, Novak, who had previously portrayed Ryan Howard on The Office, referred to his relationship with Kaling as “complex.”
“A really complicated person and a pretty complicated friendship,” he said of Kaling, who portrayed his on-again, off-again love interest Kelly Kapoor on the NBC series. “But I wouldn’t exchange that for anything in the world,” he added.
In an interview that took place in 2019, Kaling spoke on their relationship as follows: “It is not the thing that some people occasionally believe it to be. The fact that he is now a true member of my family is quite exciting. Despite the fact that this portrayal of our connection is less seductive, I believe it to be one that is both more profound and more intimate.”