One of these is African American. The character that is main Indian United states. And they also’re referred to as UN. And she assumes which means un, you realize? But she actually is additionally told it is for a much more negative reason, simply because they’re all un-F-able (ph) So were you called such a thing like this when you’re in senior high school?
KALING: you realize, we am sure I became. We never ever discovered it to my face. I am certain there was clearly a lot of mean nicknames for me personally because I would personally hear mean nicknames about other nerdy girls who have been maybe not me. And, you understand, there is a tall woman whom we went along to college with, who had been really stunning, really. But she ended up being high. And because all of the males had been reduced them insecure, they called her Beasta (ph) than her and that made. And she had no indisputable fact that ended up being her nickname.
And thus once you read about things like that – after all, that is this type of cruel nickname.
We simply thought, these girls need to have this. And, you understand, that has been a reflection that is real of in senior high school and my buddy, Lang also, where we had been nerds. And I Also’m Asian. Whether it was comfort so we were just gravitated – I don’t know. We gravitated towards other minority nerds. Plus it was not one thing I would seen on TV before. I was thinking, well, you realize, this really is my genuine experience. Therefore perhaps we have to show it.
GROSS: had been that you student that is serious the key character is?
KALING: It is funny you asked that because I happened to be a student that is serious. But a very important factor we noticed whenever we see programs about nerds is the fact that, since they are most of the negative characters, they tend become really demure and wallflowers. They do not desire to speak up for themselves. And that is undoubtedly sort of nerd that has been at my college. But there is additionally, like, the belligerent, confident nerd. They need big things on their own. And though they truly are not receiving it, it generally does not suggest they do not think they deserve it.
And Lang, who’s additionally an overachieving nerd who then went along to an Ivy League college, the two of us had this experience that is same.
And now we desired to show a ambitious nerd socially – wished to lose her virginity, desired to be cool, head to concerts. Plus it, needless to say, never took place for either of us (laughter). But we thought, that could be enjoyable to demonstrate, you understand? They are not totally all unfortunate, peaceful bookworms. Although, we had been additionally those activities. But we had been, like, noisy and rambunctious and opinionated.
GROSS: Were you belligerent?
KALING: i believe in certain cases. I do believe that after you are interested in comedy at an early age and also you have no idea simple tips to show it, I do believe I think that – I’m not sure belligerent is exactly the right word that you. I really do think that I endured up for myself a great deal in a manner that probably place individuals off – truly guys. Yeah.
GROSS: Did a temper is had by you such as your character does?
KALING: Definitely. And I also nevertheless have actually a temper now. And it’s really interesting being Asian because i believe you don’t associate Asian females with having tempers (laughter). And thus – but many of us do, appropriate? So – but that is maybe perhaps maybe not the label about us. Therefore I ended up being delighted to accomplish a show about plenty of short-fused Asian ladies and to exhibit that side of us.
GROSS: Do you have boyfriends in senior high school? – since your character that is main literally.
GROSS:. For the boyfriend (laughter).
KALING: Thank you even for posing issue.
KALING: needless to say the clear answer is not any. It is absurd you also asked issue. But that has been really courteous of you, we’ll state.
KALING: No, needless to say perhaps perhaps not, Terry.
GROSS: what sort of boyfriend do you imagine?
KALING: What sort of boyfriend did I desire? You realize, there is countless different types. One ended up being some sort of – there is this term we use within our authors’ space – i do believe we began at “The workplace” – called NBC handsome, which can be some sort of, like, Zach Braff, Adam Brody, a – you realize, some sort of, like, brown-haired, floppy-haired man, who’s not sure of himself a bit, but types of confident and super fast and probably spent my youth within the tristate area.
Therefore for me personally, which was whom I ended up being thinking ended up being good-looking and appealing because we felt like these weren’t, like, the cool, blond jock. This is, like, a delicate man whom, you know, most likely went along to an East Coast liberal arts school. And then he could manage my Indianness (ph). And that is sort of.
KALING:. The things I ended up being attracted to.
GROSS: Do You Consider.
KALING:. Possibly Jewish, you realize? Like, that type or sort of thing.