September Cover Preview: Mindy Kaling

Get an early look at this year’s L.A. Woman issue, plus the inside scoop on our interview with the actress

Our annual September L.A. Woman issue is nearly on newsstands (look for it next week), but we can’t wait that long to share a sneak peek with you. This year’s cover honors actress, comedian, author, philanthropist, and quintessential L.A. Woman Mindy Kaling, who is joining the ranks of past honorees including Maria Shriver, Eva Longoria, and Dr. Kristi Funk. Armed with her trademark wit, Kaling spoke with deputy editor Nancy Miller about everything from her strategies for success to understanding your self-worth. Scroll down to read a few highlights from the conversation below, and don’t forget to buy a copy of the issue next week to read the full version.

Mindy Kaling poses for this year's L.A. Woman cover.
Mindy Kaling poses for this year’s L.A. Woman cover.

Photograph by Emily Shur

Kaling on #SquadGoals:
“Ellie Kemper and Lena Dunham—they’re my friends, but I never get to see them because we have the same job. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are amazing. Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington. I’d love to fight crime with the people I listed. I don’t know when we’ll find the time, but who knows?”

Kaling on defying convention:
“My career is interesting to people because of the way I look. My hope is that young people read my book, and if they want to do what I do, they don’t have people asking them the same question: ‘Why do you think you can do this?’ ”

Kaling on wise counsel:
“When I started my show, I asked [The Office executive producer] Greg Daniels for advice. It was simple: Be kind. I expected something much more complicated and showbizzy.”

Kaling on Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, two of her favorite L.A. ladies:
“Geniuses. All I want to do is give a tearful acceptance speech in one of their Rodarte gowns and afterward have some handsome actor take it off me.”

For more from the September issue of Los Angeles magazine, pick up a copy (on newsstands August 27) or subscribe.