2016 Academy Awards: Mindy Kaling Still Directs Life’s Big Decisions to Her Dad

Dad always knows best, even when he doesn’t.

Mindy Kaling wore a stunning two-toned Elizabeth Kennedy gown with a knotted, flowing train, offset with a simple burgundy clutch on the red carpet of the 2016 Academy Awards.

Kaling, a cast member of the film Inside Outwhich is nominated for Best Animated Picture, shared a tidbit of advice with Ryan Seacrest on how she runs The Mindy Project.

“I have a pillow that has the words ‘Ask Dad’ on it that I bring with me wherever I am,” she tells Seacrest. “I have to make so many decisions when you’re show runner and you have this kind of thing, as you do everyday, and sometimes when it’s a hard, emotional decision, I just look at the pillow and I’m like, ‘Oh! I’ll call my dad’.”

The actress joked that it took about 72 hours to get ready, but she promises that she isn’t that vain.

“I’m vain. I’m a little vain,” she laughs. “I mean, I’m not like Maleficent or whatever, but I have my moments.”

Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Kaling on the red carpet of the 2016 Academy Awards.