Skip Nav

Mindy Kaling Talks About Her Ambition at POPSUGAR Playground

Mindy Kaling's Advice For Life After Your 20s? Learn to Let Go of Your Checklists

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09:  Mindy Kaling attends day 1 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 9, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for POPSUGAR Play/Ground)

Mindy Kaling is one of the most inspirational actresses in Hollywood, but it took years of hard work and dedication to get to where she is today. The 38-year-old is known for her hilarious and relatable persona, but she's always had a clear view about where she wanted to go with her career. During POPSUGAR Play/Ground on Saturday, Mindy opened up about how her ambition has guided her life while chatting with journalist Elaine Welteroth during the Smart Girls Win panel.

"When I was 19, I was incredibly organised and that was one of my defining qualities," she explained. "I was very organised about my ambition at a time that that was weird to be." Just like many young adults, she mapped out her whole life by making checklists of what she wanted to accomplish. While it certainly proved useful when she was in college at Dartmouth, it had a different effect on her when she finally graduated.

"Once I graduated from college, I would make a checklist like, 'I'm going to get married at 24, I'm gonna have all my kids by 30, their names are going to be Angelica, Ethan' — I had the whole thing mapped out in my brain, and I'm a 38-year-old single mom." Although her checklist didn't work out exactly like she thought it would, she's learning to be content with her new normal.

"Having structure and ambition is really helpful to some people, and it was very helpful to me when I was young, but it wasn't until recently that I was like, 'I just need to let all of it go and be OK with it,'" she said. Now, instead of making these big goals for herself, she's trying to see herself the way her fans see her. "Other people seem to think that I'm doing fine, so I need to get on the same page as what people who love me think of me."

More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Dove Cameron and Thomas Doherty's Quotes About Each Other
Jason Momoa Admits Lisa Bonet Was His Childhood Crush
Kit Harington's Quotes About Sophie Turner at ACE Comic-Con
Elton John's Quotes About Prince Harry Suing British Press
Thomas Doherty Talks About Relationship With Dove Cameron
Oprah Talks About Her Decision Not to Marry or Have Kids
Mindy Kaling Calls Out TV Academy For The Office Emmy Snub
Angelina Jolie Talks About Brad Pitt Divorce
Beanie Feldstein on Finding Love With Her Girlfriend Bonnie
Selena Gomez at the Living Undocumented Premiere | Pictures
Dove Cameron's Wired Autocomplete Interview Video
Billie Eilish's Bad Date Story on Howard Stern Show | Video

From Our Partners

Latest Celebrity
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds