“Soup snakes” for life! Mindy Kaling and B. J. Novak have one of the most enviable friendships in Hollywood – and their bond only grows stronger over the years.
The comedians met while writing for The office in the early 2000s and immediately felt a connection that was reflected in their characters Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard. “We became friends when we were still super young, and also because we sometimes worked 16-hour days with us The office, and we did it for eight years, ”Kaling recalled their friendship during an appearance at BookCon 2015. “So it was like going to college twice together.”
While the couple briefly sparked a romance in the early years of NBC comedy, they quickly realized that they were meant to stay platonic. Despite having insisted for years that they were just friends, questions about the status of their relationship constantly haunted them.
“Whenever we go out with someone else, there is a time when the person is very skeptical of our friendship,” Novak explained in a 2013 interview with Weekly entertainment. “’Everyone seems to think that you two could be a couple, and I don’t want to get in your way. Are you sure you are not together Are you sure you won’t end up going out? ’It’s so common to have this platonic best friend who gets a little weird when you start dating someone.”
While the romantic aspect of their relationship didn’t last very long, the two TV writers have been almost inseparable for over a decade. After welcoming their first child, Katherine, in December 2017, Kaling admitted that she understood the confusion surrounding her soulmate connection with Novak.
“If I was outside and looking at it, I would think the same thing,” she said Good household in May 2019. “But the truth is that B.J. is now so much more of a family than a platonic friend. He’s my daughter’s godfather, he comes by about once a week. Sometimes he comes by just to hang out with her. “
After playing such a big role in each other’s lives for so long, Kaling can imagine her future without them Inglourious Basterds Actor.
“But if you’ve known someone as long as I’ve known them – the time we met, which was about 24,” she told the publication. “We’re both almost 40 now. It’s been so long since he’s really just part of my family.”
Scroll down to relive the former co-stars’ unbreakable bonds over the years!