Mindy Kaling on Her Love Life: “I Don’t Need Marriage” to Feel Fulfilled

Mindy Kaling
 Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

What a difference four months can make. Mindy Kaling candidly opened up about her bond with ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak in September, noting that she would’ve married him — if he had ever asked. These days, though, Kaling is singing a different tune to Good Houskeeping, telling the mag’s February issue that she’s fine with the fact that she may never be a Missus.

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A self-proclaimed creature of habit when it comes to dating, the Mindy Project‘s creator’s outlook on romance took a more mature turn once she hit 30, much to her chagrin.

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Mindy Kaling on the cover of February’s Good Housekeeping. Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

“If I could relive the first three months of courtship over and over for the rest of my life, I would. Especially in winter, who doesn’t like a nice heavy seven-course meal with lots of alcohol, then making out when you’re a little tipsy and taking a cab home to fall asleep in the clothes you wore on the date? Wait. Actually that was, like, my whole 20s. And it was very fun,” Kaling, 35, said.

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In the almost 10 years since her split from Novak, 35, the actress has maintained a strict policy not to remain friends with her exes, but chooses to make an exception for her former Office-mate. “B.J. has the stamp for life as a friend. He feels like family,” Kaling told Good Housekeeping, adding that her late mother had an especially soft spot for the actor.

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Remaining tight-lipped on her current status with Novak, Kaling is dating around, and not in a rush to settle down. “When I was younger, I wanted so badly to be married and have kids in a rush,”  said Kaling. “I don’t need marriage. I don’t need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now.”

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Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak attend the Weinstein Company & Netflix’s 2014 SAG after party in 2014. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Of paramount importance to Kaling now is to focus on career and family. “There’s still so much I want to do,” says the comic star, noting that directing a rom-com ranks high on her to-do list. “I feel lucky. I keep expanding my dreams.”

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