While Mindy Kaling stars as the super-judgy character Disgust in Disney-Pixar's latest animated film "Inside Out," which opens June 19, the actress-writer-producer offered up a sweet memory of spending time with her own mom.
When asked about a favorite moment (or "core memory," in the film's parlance) at a press conference for the movie, Kaling revealed a time that arguably all siblings — and parents of siblings — could readily relate to.
"When I was very little, I would have that thing with my brother — (I was) competitive about spending time with (my mother) alone, like one-on-one," said Kaling, 35, who has an older brother, Vijay Jojo Chokalingam.
"That was so important to me, that no one would be around except the two of us," Kaling said while adding that her mother, who was an ob-gyn, was her "absolute best friend."
"She came back from work, and she was in her scrubs, and she had spent the night at the hospital and she had brought home Dunkin' Donuts. She had a jelly doughnut, which I'd never seen as a kid. I sat on her lap in the kitchen, and we shared a jelly doughnut. So it was like everything I ever wanted in the world was just undivided attention from my mother and to be exposed to this new delicious sweet filled with another sweet."
What makes this story especially poignant is that Kaling's mom, Swati Chokalingam, passed away in 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer.
"The Mindy Project" creator and star recently talked to InStyle magazine about her mom's death, which happened on the day her show was picked up by Fox, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"I was very lucky that ('The Mindy Project') started up at that time so I could just throw myself into it and distract myself," Kaling told the magazine. "But the truth is, even though it's been three years, it still feels like it just happened. I remember the sound of her voice so distinctly."