Writing on The Office was the foundation of your success, and you’re in the main creative role of The Mindy Project as well as starring in it. Could you go back to writing without acting?
No. Because I’m writing for the screen, because I’m writing words that people say, it’s so performance-based. If you were in our writers’ room, you would see that we’re performing as it happens. I don’t think I could ever just do one or the other because it’s so linked to how I put words on the page.
There’s a chapter in your book about dating a “Will” who works in the White House. What do you think President Obama thinks of your fling?
I always speak so highly of everyone that I met in my experiences there, so I would hope that he liked it.
You write that onscreen sex scenes are actually fun. Who’s your favorite fictional partner?
Anders Holm, who was my fiancé on the show. He’s like 11 feet tall, so he does that thing that a lot of girls like where he just makes you feel really tiny. And Seth Rogen is a great kisser.
If The Mindy Project had been on a streaming service like Hulu from the get-go, how might you have written it differently?
Maybe the luxury of a little bit more time. I came from eight years of writing and acting on The Office, so I really like the structure of a network show, and I grew up liking it. Probably the only real difference would be they average 22½ minutes, and the average network sitcom is 20½ minutes, which doesn’t seem like a big difference, but those extra two minutes are huge.
Who is the one person you’re dying to have guest-star?
Reese Witherspoon. I love Reese. She’s fantastic. Obviously she’s superfunny. And I think she would be such a good foe to my character. And, let’s see … Idris Elba. Wouldn’t everybody love to have Idris Elba?
You have said that you want to work with feminists, so what’s the Mindy Project litmus test for staffers?
There are so many shows now that are record-breaking, so you have more choice where you can work. And if you choose to work on a show whose star is a very flawed, complicated, big comedy character who’s a woman, then already that bodes well with where your politics lean and where your priorities are. It just would not be a place where you could work if you did not have a strong feminist leaning.
At the beginning of your career, did you anticipate you would have to answer constant questions about being a standard bearer for women of color or women in general?
I didn’t think about that. I do find it surprising that it’s so remarkable to other people. But if it makes me seem special or the show seem special, then I like it. I’ve only ever lived in my skin, and I don’t know what the experience is like to be anything other than what I am.
Is there any type of humor that’s off-limits?
Definitely. I’m not the kind of comedian who puts a huge premium on saying the raunchiest thing just to shock people. I’m not that person. I do think it’s cool that other people do that, and I am titillated by it, but that wasn’t my training on The Office, and that’s not usually what makes me laugh the most.
You’re writing a book with B.J. Novak. He’s your ex but also your favorite writer and your “soup snake,” an Office malaprop for “soul mate.” Do soup snakes ever end up together?
I don’t know about that.
This appears in the September 7, 2015 issue of TIME.
Have u ever seen Megamind? For some reason, the scene where Metroman is giving his speech 2 the city & the citizen goes "I love you Metroman!" & he replies, "& I love you random citizen," all I can picture is Sonic as Metroman & Amy xD
That is honest to goodness one of my favorite movies ever! I feel like it’s so underrated! I don’t understand why though, because it’s one of those movies that when it gets to the credits I can just start it right back at the beginning and watch it again.
has anyone here ever seen one of my all-time favorite sci-fi monster movies, grabbers? yes, no, maybe so? well, basically it’s about a small irish coastal town that is being terrorized by aliens, and they all get drunk because the alcohol in their blood makes them toxic to the grabbers. this is one of my favorite scenes, where three of the main characters are approaching one of the things that they caught.
but why am i making this connection? weeelllll….
really all i want out of life right now is for stan and ford to get drunk and go fight a giant octopus monster together
(incidentally, the movie is on netflix. it’s well-written, well-acted, and the cinematography is fucking gorgeous please watch it you will not regret)
8/18- Day Two: “I’m like a fever you can’t shake.”
I have four ultimate favorite moments of Bamon.
My first favorite is from season 4, when they had there first hug. This is my favorite because they both looked so relieved to see each other. It was one of the sweetest moments between the two of them.
Three of my other favorites are all from season 6. The scene where Damon finds Bonnie’s bear and realizes she’s alive was one of the sweetest things ever! I love this scene because it really shows how much Damon cares about Bonnie. And after that he tries to do anything he can to bring Bonnie back.
The scene where Bonnie and Damon reunite is probably the best moment between the two because Bonnie visited Damon first which shows how much their relationship have changed during their time together in 1994. The way Damon opens his arms and the way Bonnie jumps into his arms was worth the wait. They did not disappoint with Bamon’s reunion at all.
My last favorite is the moment where Damon saves Bonnie. This is my favorite because Damon chose to save Bonnie. This shows how he has grown through all the seasons because he’s not as selfish as he use to be and I think Bonnie is the reason for that. The forehead kiss was the best because it’s something I never thought would happen. Not yet, at least. But it was a nice surprise to see that.
There's just something about Lydia that changes when she's around Parrish. Lydia's my favorite character, ever had been since season one. But... She just annoys me when she's around Parrish? It's like she changes and her whole storyline has been centered around and I just don't know. Your thoughts?
It’s because they reduced her to Parrish’s love interest. The scenes where she’s with Parrish aren’t about her - they aren’t even about the relationship between her and Parrish - they’re about bolstering Parrish.
Do you have a favorite piece of fanfic you've written? Or a favorite scene? Or both? :3 Both. Both is good.
Ok, the first question is easy: Wyoming. I like the atmosphere surrounding that fic because the song I was writing it to became so dear to me for so many reasons. In my opinion, it’s one of my best works so far.
As far as scenes go, it’s a little tougher but I think it has to be from the ending of Wyoming because I really enjoyed making comparisons between Castiel and Iceland and Sam’s ever constant awe that this being is in love with him. It’s so tender to me and everything just fits so well.
PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR WRITING IS SO IMPORTANT. I reread my favorite parts of Elemental Chess ALL THE TIME. And your Ouran crossover. To the point that a lot of your fics' elements have blurred into the canon for me. When I finished a particularly sad fic once, I thought, "I AM SO SAD AND I NEED TO SMILE. I KNOW. I'M GOING TO REREAD ALL THE WEDDING SCENES IN FLOWERS OF ANTIMONY BECAUSE THEY MAKE ME HAPPY." You're one of my favorite writers ever. Please don't ever forget how awesome you are <3
I’m on my lunch break at work trying not to cry because this means so much to me. Sometimes I feel sort of forgotten by my fandoms, to tell you the truth, and every now and then I need something like this to soothe that feeling. That’s probably my own fault, because I just don’t always have the time or energy to contribute something new, but knowing that doesn’t make it hurt less, especially in my blacker moods. I don’t mean to embarrass you by replying publicly; I just don’t want to lose your beautifully kind words by answering privately. Thank you so much for this.
hey avery!!! So I read your fics all the time since you're an amazing writer and everything you write is legit gold. But through the summertime, winter... is on an entirely different level. like its the best and worst thing you've ever done because its been 3 months and i still cant listen to real love without getting stupid heart palpitations and everytime is see wet!liam i always think about that scene and even though you resolved everything so well I still cry when I remember Z's broken heart
Awe babe thank you so much!! I’m sorry for the tears and it was such a awful song to choose because it is one of my favorite songs and now I associate it with sad!ziam haha.
But this seriously means so much to me babe, thank you so much!
Why I like them he’s the cutest, sweetest, bestest cinnamon roll ever and I just love the fact that he’s so optimistic and he loves his sister so much? Like, his relationship with her is a gift from this show, and even though it feels like he’s always getting the short stick, he doesn’t give up.
Why I don’t there is no reason to not like Rua fight me
Favorite episode (scene if movie) THE ONE WHERE HE DUELS THE DARK SIGNER TO PROTECT HIS SISTER FUCK ME UP.
Favorite season/movie Again, Dark Signer Arc because it’s my favorite thing ever.
Favorite line “I will protect Ruka no matter what.” literally end me.
Favorite outfit I like his default! It suits him, I think.
OTP he is like 12 no
Brotp HIM AND RUKA AND THEN HIM AND YUSEI I LOVE THEM BOTH
Head Canon Rua loves cats but cats, unfortunately, do not love him. He gets too affectionate with them and scares them off, which only makes it worse because he chases them.
Unpopular opinion I dunno how unpopular it is but he’s cute and must be protected at all costs. Also, he’s valuable to the series as both a serious and comic relief character.
A wish THAT WE GET TO SEE GROWN UP RUA DUELING WITH HIS SISTER???? PLEASE?????
An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen twincest. no. literally no.
5 words to best describe them Hyperactive, spunky, hilarious, precious, important
Whenever I work on a new fanfic, one of the things I’m trying to check myself for (beyond various pitfalls) is any risk of drowning in real pretension. Like, I know I’m throwing in a lot of nutty philosophical stuff as I go, but I don’t want to sit there and navelgaze over it like someone’s Intro to Philo class for four hours, because that’s not fun.
So the challenge is to always find a way to balance that thoughtful, inward looking shit with remembering why I read and write this stuff - which is to have a good time and get absurd. Which is easy when you write in a fandom where everyone wears terrible headgear and there’s robot invasions every other day and everyone talks smack to each other all the time anyway.
This is one of my favorite scenes in a science fiction film ever. This is a table full of Klingons and humans, talking shit about Shakespeare and possibly totally fucking up future political relations for all time while getting nasty drunk on romulan ale.
I’m gonna put SHIELD agents at a dinner table with the All-Father and Thor and all of Thor’s friends while Loki grins in the corner like the complete asshole he still is. I don’t know what’s going to happen at that dinner just yet, but someone’s gonna get drunk and someone’s probably going to throw up on somebody else and there’s probably gonna be one hell of a fight.
And Daisy will probably put the whole thing on Facebook.
Rule 1: always post the rules Rule 2: Answer the questions from the person who tagged you, then write 11 new ones Rule 3: Tag 11 new people!
Questions I have to answer:
Last book you read? The Golem and the Jinni
Favorite character death scene? Either when Pentecost and Chuck die in Pacific Rim by blowing up the payload or the tenth doctor dying and regenerating because the 2010 whovian inside me is still active
Worst movie ever seen? 47 Ronin. why.
Least favorite method of torture? ohhhhh,…..anything to do with like nails and skin and teeth.
Childhood ambition? i don’t know if i had one? never really thought about it as a child or now
Favorite room in the house/apartment you grew up in and why? my room in the basement. It was my room for a few years as a baby then it became my brothers’ room. I moved back into that room when I was 8 or so and its just something that’s all mine. Everyone else in the house has to share a room (parents, brothers, and grandparents)
Favorite art style? manga art style that really emphasizes like a sleek and clean look.
Did you have a childhood nemesis? nope.
Least favorite thing about Tumblr? the rapid spread of misinformation.
Most embarrassing experience? oh gosh. i feel like my own subconscious has repressed all of my embarrassing experiences for me so I can’t really recall one rn. uhh well the other day it was dead during work (im a hostess at a restaurant) and I was singing along (loudly and badly) to the radio and I didn’t notice people coming in until they were like “hi? can we get a table?”
Most frightening experience? recently my brothers and I were trying to get home after a late night mcdonald’s run and I was driving a slightly unfamiliar route and suddenly we were in this like warehouse lumberyard industrial area and like “where are we??? its dark! there’s no one here” and when we finally got out of that we were in some suburb place that was all culdesacs and dead ends and it was just unsettling. I even found the right street that would take us home but then it was blocked off so we had to loop around again and ahh.
Questions you have to answer:
What do you think is the meaning of life?
Have you ever lost something sentimental?
Can you remember and describe your first day of school?
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
What is a go-to thing you do to make yourself happy?
How do you tie your shoes?
First obsession with a band or singer?
If you could bring back one trend from the past, what would it be?
What is a go-to dish or snack that you like to make?
Describe your favourite fictional character in your own words?