GROSS: so that the character that is main two close friends. One of these is Chinese United states.

GROSS: so that the character that is main two close friends. One of these is Chinese United states.

One of those is African United states. The character that is main Indian American. And in addition they’re referred to as UN. And she assumes which means un, you understand? But this woman is additionally told it is for a more negative reason, simply because they’re all un-F-able (ph) So were you called such a thing like this when you’re in senior school?

KALING: you understand, I’m certain we ended up being. We never ever discovered it to my face. I am sure there was clearly a lot of mean nicknames for me because i might hear mean nicknames about other nerdy girls who had been maybe not me personally. And, you realize, there clearly was a high woman whom we went along to college with, who was simply extremely breathtaking, really. But she had been high. And because most of the men had been smaller than her and that made them insecure, they called her Beasta (ph). And she had no basic proven fact that ended up being her nickname.

Therefore once you learn about such things as that – i am talking about, which is this type of cruel nickname.

We simply thought, these girls must have this. And, you understand, that has been a genuine representation of me personally in senior high school and my buddy, Lang aswell, where we had been nerds. And I Also’m Asian. Whether it was comfort so we were just gravitated – I don’t know. We gravitated towards other minority nerds. Plus it was not one thing we’d seen on TV prior to. I thought, well, you realize, it is my genuine experience. Therefore possibly it should be showed by us.

GROSS: had been that you serious pupil like the key character is?

KALING: It is funny you asked that because I became a severe student. But a very important factor we noticed whenever we see programs about nerds is the fact that, they tend to be very demure and wallflowers because they tend to be a lot of the side characters. (more…)

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