"Danny is obviously a character who we invented, but he has a big helping of B.J. Novak in him," Kaling recently told Glamour, "but there's other stuff to him that's just purely the old-fashioned stuff — the young guy who's obsessed with being old-fashioned about certain things because of abandonment issues — is so funny."
So, what do the two have in common? A lot, it turns out.
The real-life relationship with Novak failed, but the on-screen romance with Danny is still going strong.
Danny is know for his opinions (they clash with Mindy's), but that makes for an interesting relationship. B.J. Novak also knows what he wants. Clearly, he didn't get a Hollywood career from being wishy-washy.
"The good news is that when I see something that doesn't work on another show, it doesn't scare me because the two of them could go to Costco together and it would work because of their different opinions about Costco."
Mindy Kaling admitted that, aside from Danny's character, the only other actor she's kissed and used tongue with is B.J. Novak in their Office days.
Back in 2013, Novak guest-starred on The Mindy Project and talked to Entertainment Weekly about his friendship with Kaling, explaining how a lot of people ask them if they are a couple.
"'Everyone seems to think you two might be a couple, and I don't mean to get in the way,'" Novak said at the time. "'Are you sure you're not dating? Are you sure you're not going to end up dating?'”
Danny and Mindy on the show seemed like best friends, but there was always a little something there.
Danny and B.J. Novak are both gentlemen.
But that doesn't mean it'll work out for the two of them. Kaling called Danny's character "smoldering, sensitive, and goofy," a description that also works for Novak.
Still, they have the attraction and the respect to make the relationship work on the show. Mindy's real-life relationship with B.J. Novak didn't work out as positively, but that doesn't mean they weren't good together.
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