In its opening weekend, the romantic comedy No Strings Attached topped the box office, bringing in $20.3 million, and making it the number 1 movie in the country. The film stars Ashton Kutcher and current Hollywood “Its Girl” and Harvard graduate, Natalie Portman. The supporting cast also includes a Cambridge, Massachusetts native, Mindy Kaling.
Kaling would probably be most recognizable to audiences for her role as Kelly Kapoor in the television series “The Office,” costarring fellow Massachusetts natives, Steve Carell (Concord) and John Krasinski (Newton). The talented actress, who was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam, attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and portrayed Ben Affleck in a play entitled “Matt & Ben”, which she co-wrote with Brenda Withers in 2003. In addition to starring in “The Office” she also has written more than 18 episodes, and is currently in talks with NBC to develop a new comedy show in which she would also star. Kaling also recently lent her voice to the animated feature, Despicable Me, and will release her first book later this year, entitled The Contents of My Purse, which will be published by Random House’s Crown imprint.
Kaling’s middle name, which she uses as her first, comes from the TV show “Mork and Mindy.” When her mother was pregnant with her in Nigeria, that was the only American TV show they were able to get there.