Mindy Kaling is getting even more candid in her second book, Why Not Me?, which hit stands on Tuesday, opening up about everything from getting drunk at the White House Correspondents' Dinner to what she's learned from Kim Kardashian to filming sex scenes.
"The most valuable thing I learned from Kim Kardashian is that your arm must never lie flat against your body," the 36-year-old actress/writer notes of the reality star. "I remember hearing her say that when you put your hand on your hip, it makes your arm look thinner and draws attention to your waist. I tried it and I loved it! So I started doing it whenever I was getting my picture taken."
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As for getting tipsy in Washington D.C., Kaling shares a pretty silly story that involves an Oscar nominee and the U.S. Secretary of State.
"I saw John Kerry talking to Bradley Cooper. I'm from Massachusetts and I'm friends with Ed Helms, so I figured I had hit the conversational jackpot with these two," she jokes. "I was drunk and feeling a little important, so I wandered over and interrupted them. 'Hi! I'm Mindy Kaling. I'm from Massachusetts. Ed Helms was in The Hangover and was also on my old show, The Office,' I said cockily…'Yes,' Bradley responded. 'I know Ed.' I would give our interaction a solid B-minus."
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Kaling also wants her readers to know that she doesn't believe all actors are telling the truth about sex scenes.
"There must be lots of other actors who love doing sex scenes too, right?" Kaling writes. "Wrong. If you interview any actor about having to do sex scenes, you always get the same answer: they 'hate' doing them. I am here to tell you they are all lying. Every last one of 'em. Obviously on-screen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well."
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It's not a totally shocking statement, given the abundance of attractive men that Kaling has had the opportunity to hook up with on her show, The Mindy Project. Beyond leading man Chris Messina, the actress' character Mindy Lahiri has dated the likes of James Franco, Bill Hader, Tim Daly, Anders Holm, Seth Rogen and her real-life "soup snake," B.J. Novak (it’s an Office reference Kaling explains in the book).
The Mindy Project returned Tuesday as well, debuting it's fourth season on Hulu after being cancelled by Fox last year. Kaling also opens up in her book about being proudest of her show on the day they got canned.
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"The day we were canceled, I received hundreds of texts and emails and The Mindy Project trended on Twitter," the 36-year-old revealed. "I have never been prouder of the show. We also received calls from other outlets that were interested in buying it. One was from the streaming platform Hulu…Hulu was attracting better talent than the networks were, and when I met the president, Craig Erwich, he loved the show and wanted it to help establish their brand."
A week later, Kaling writes, the deal was done, locking in The Mindy Project for a 26-episode fourth season.
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"I'd gone from barely having time to transition from my panic of not having a job to the panic of more work than I'd ever had," she observes.
New episodes of The Mindy Project are now available Tuesdays on Hulu.