Mindy Kaling: 5 Things to Know About the ‘Mindy Project’ Star (GALLERY)

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The new and relatable FOX comedy stars Mindy Kaling.
Mindy Kaling is about to become a household name thanks to her new FOX series The Mindy Project, a quirky new comedy that already has people calling her the “new New Girl.”

Known mostly for playing the ditzy, yet always hilarious, Kelly Kapoor on The Office, the 33-year-old writer-actress is stepping into leading lady territory for the first time with her latest venture, in which she plays a lovelorn doctor trying to craft a real-life version of a Nora Eprhon movie.

Will the gamble pay off?

We’ll know after the show premieres tonight at 9:30.

In the meantime, get to know TV’s latest funnywoman by clicking through our gallery, above, in which Celebuzz reveals five fun facts about the Cambridge, Mass., native.

And for more on The Mindy Project, visit the show’s official website.