Mindy Kaling is Hilarious on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Posted Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:13 AM GMT

She cut her teeth in the writer’s room at “The Office,” and these days Mindy Kaling is a bona fide entertainment industry tour de force.

The “Mindy Project” mastermind dropped by " Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night (March 31) to talk about the public reaction to her, “I don’t want to be skinny,” statement in Vogue.

Kaling shared, "People were like, 'That's so great that you said it,' and I didn't think that was so weird. Every woman I know feels that way. I wear these outfits and stuff. I'm not skinny, but I'm an actor, which...that never happens in the world of regular-sized people and actresses.”

She added, "I also am the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments about it, where people are like, 'It's so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn't feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do.' And I'm like, 'I do subscribe!' They're like, 'It's so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.' By the way, I like run and work out. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal/chubby woman. The way they talk about it, [it's] like, 'She's a pioneer because she's glued to her sofa.'"

Mindy also discussed her midriff-bearing outfit for PaleyFest- "Unless you have problems, for most women that's a nice little area right under your bra. Some people were pretty mean about it, but then some people were like, 'She's just so courageous!' Aren't surgeons courageous?"