— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 12, 2018
That’s right. While you were rushing around getting your 2017 taxes prepared at the last minute, one of our favorite funny ladies was just casually eye masking with one of the greatest actresses of all time. The best part of this hangout? It was on the set of Late Night, in which Kaling was the writer and producer.
Late Night is a comical view of the world of late night television, with Emma Thompson staring as Katherine Newbury, an acerbic late night talk show host who finds herself on a steady ratings decline. In a Hail Mary effort to boost ratings and appeal to a broader audience, the late night host decides to diversify her all male and all white writing staff. Enter Mindy Kaling’s Molly, who is eager to prove that she isn’t just a way to fill a diversity quota.
Although the film showcases the brilliant comedic mind of Kaling as well as the comedic timing of Thompson, Late Night also explores the complexity of gender, sexism, and diversity in the workplace. Knowing if you are going to talk the talk of inclusivity, you have to walk the walk, Kaling brought on Nisha Ganatra to direct the film. In an industry where, according to Variety, only 4.3% of the top 1,200 grossing films were helmed by female directors and an even smaller representation of women of color, Kaling and Ganatra are hoping to add their own crack to that glass ceiling and I am here for it.