"I never want to cause my audience pain because I love our viewers so much and they're so loyal and so invested.We were just trying to be really true to the character, you know?were flipping out when it was announced that star Chris Messina would be scaled back for the upcoming season.Messina plays Mindy Kaling’s on and off love interest on the show."The way I played it with Chris was much more an expression of lust than it was of love and that makes sense for those characters, you know?It was out of the blue and deeply inappropriate, which is kind of keeping with our show and the way that they act towards one another." But while Mindy and Danny might be happy to finally give in to their attraction, the writers debated whether they were ready to take the pair there — especially since Danny wasn't originally planned to be a love interest for Mindy."At a certain point, we have what we wrote and then we have what is onscreen and when we're editing we're like, this is heading a direction and it's like a train and we can't stop it," Kaling says. and it's really interesting to watch will-they-won't-they," Messina says.
much that they're not afraid to tease him endlessly over his lack of social media knowledge ("[Is Twitter] like a text message? Chris: Twenty-two episodes is a lot, but it's fun too. I'm surrounded by so many amazing actors, and to think about all the amazing actors that are even better than me and unemployed, I'm very lucky. I actually think they might bring out the best in the other.
"I thought that some people might dig it or some people might not dig it ...
but I was definitely kind of shocked that people had such a visceral experience with it," Messina tells
for the show's upcoming fifth season (its second at new home Hulu) had you as concerned as we were that our favorite dancing doctor Danny Castellano would be missing in action, Mindy Kaling is here to ease your fears."When people hear that, I think that they sometimes get worried that they're not going to see him, but he was in these past 13 episodes very frequently and they share a child, so I don't want to scare people off about him not being in the show because the character is built into the fabric of the show, especially as the father of Mindy's child," Kaling told E!
News at Keeping her audience happy remains paramount for Kaling, even if sometimes a story development doesn't always follow the path fans hope. The decision to break Mindy and Danny up this season.