The comedians met while writing for The Office in the early 2000s, and instantly felt a connection that was mirrored in their characters, Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard.
While the pair briefly sparked up a romance during the early years of the NBC comedy, they quickly realized they were destined to stay platonic. Despite years of insisting that they’re just friends, they’ve constantly been followed by questions about the status of their relationship.
“If I was on the outside looking at it, I would think the same thing,” Kaling told Good Housekeeping in May 2019. “But the truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He’s the godfather to my daughter,.”
Scroll down to relive the former costars’ unbreakable bond through the years: