Mindy Kaling: B.J. Novak Gives Me “an Intoxicating Feeling”

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak often have fans up in a tizzy over whether or not they're dating. Mark Sullivan/WireImage


Close, but no cigar! Fans of Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak’s “weird as hell” relationship may want a definite answer as to how to label the famous pals’ friendship, but Kaling is okay with keeping things ambiguous.

The comedian’s on-again, off-again relationship with Novak has inspired entire Tumblrs dedicated to the couple, but Kaling told The Guardian in a new interview that she’s happy with their relationship and where it’s at now.

“When people say that, it makes me feel cool,” she said, of fans who avidly hope the former Office costars will get back together. “Like, oh, people are thinking about me like I’m a character. We are so different and we fight a lot, but the gift he [Novak] has always given me is the utter and total belief that I am one of the greats. And it is an intoxicating feeling.”

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak on The Office
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The two stars have a complicated romantic history together, having dated on-and-off while filming their NBC comedy The Office, but they have remained close friends since their split.

In fact, Kaling, 36, and Novak, also 36, are currently working on a book together, worth a rumored $7.5 million.

“Many of you asked about a book that my friend BJ and I are working on,” Kaling wrote to fans via Instagram in May. “I heard somewhere it was a tell-all which I actually found exciting, because that sounds sexy and I grew up looking like a little fat boy.”

The Mindy Project star didn’t detail what the book would be about, but told fans that it would definitely be “super cool and funny.”

“For now we are researching,” she added.

And though Kaling is currently single and focusing on her career — Hulu picked up her canceled Fox series earlier this year — the actress isn’t opposed to going on the occasional date.

“A nice, well-structured date — that’s one of the great joys in life,” she told The Guardian. “Like, an uncomplicated but focused series of two events that happens between 7 and 11 p.m.”

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