“I just wanted my lead to be as big of a comedy character as Michael [Scott],” Kaling said of her time on the show.
“When you’re a person of color, you’re inherently political,” Kaling said at the Teen Vogue Summit.
“So your existence on screen is political.”More recently, Kaling penned and executive produced the coming-of-age Netflix comedy series, “Never Have I Ever,” starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
“That’s the truth for a lot of people,” she said, “Like when there is more than one minority person, they do get fired because [production is] like, ‘Oh, we have our token, we’re fine.
‘”Kaling is proud to have been able to open up doors for Ramakrishnan and other aspiring actors of color.