All About That MAJOR Moment On "The Mindy Project" Premiere
Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched the season-four premiere of "The Mindy Project" on Hulu, then stop reading and come back to this later. Something so major happened at the end of the episode that we certainly don't want to ruin it for you here. If you have seen it, then please continue — because we visited the set on Friday and bombarded "Mindy Project" executive producer Matt Warburton with every question you've been dying to ask!
Glamour: What a way to kick off season four! Tell me, what was behind the decision to have Danny propose?
Matt Warburton: Mindy [Kaling] wrote the premiere and was the driving force behind all of it. Mindy [Lahiri] has come to the conclusion that marriage isn't as important as she thought it was. What's interesting is that this is a character who has always wanted to get married, ever since the pilot. Danny proposes just as Mindy realizes there is bigger things in the world. The engagement is a much bigger deal for Danny than it is for her. It was a really tricky episode to write, and she did it [marvelously].
Glamour: Danny has established himself as anti-marriage for so long that it was going to take something big to get him to change his views. It made perfect sense in this instance.
Matt: The fact that they are engaged ... it's a big part of the season, but there's so many other things going on. Everything is happening to Mindy at once, and that’s good because she's finally getting all of these amazing things, but it's a problem too because it’s all happening at the same time and you can't do it all.
Glamour: Eliza Coupe is coming on board as a friend of Mindy's. What more can you tell us?
Matt: [Her] character comes early on as this really fun publicist, and she’s the kind of friend people always dreamed Mindy would have, including her, and it’s just the wrong time. She thinks Mindy is lame because she’s hanging out with the baby all the time.
Glamour: Casting Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory as a potential husband for Mindy was genius. Mindy [Kaling] loves "Big Bang," so I was thrilled he was able to make it work in his schedule.
Matt: He was so great. That's one of the genius things about Mindy — she loves to cast actors in roles that maybe you normally wouldn't think of an actor or actress for, and you get to see them in [a different light].
Glamour: Will Mindy and Danny have a long engagement or will we see a wedding in season four?
Matt: I will not answer the second part of that question, but the first part I will! They're not going to rush into the wedding simply because they have so many other things to do. The baby comes first — and will come sooner than the audience thinks. The baby, when it comes, will take up so much oxygen in the relationship that it will bring up all kinds of arguments and fights about who to raise it. Also, fighting about the wedding is too much for these two, so they gotta figure out the baby thing first. But we will definitely deal with both halves of it.
Glamour: By the way, Danny had this gorgeous ring for Mindy, but he just got back from India when he proposes. When did he buy the ring?
Matt: I bet he bought it at some blood diamond market in India. [Laughs] That’s a great idea for a story down the road. The story of where the ring came from. Maybe we should do that. I'll give you credit. [Laughs]
Glamour: I took note of some things that happen to see what would fly with Hulu and what wouldn't with Fox. Let’s start with the Tom Brady comment. Danny says, "I don't hate him, I just think he’s an ugly cheater." My guess is Fox would have said, "Fumble!"
Matt: Nothing that damages the NFL is ever OK with Fox, so I think [you're right]!
Glamour: Morgan mentions Isis and the Taliban. Would that have been allowed?
Matt: That would have been OK. Fox is the home of Fox News. I think they like talking about that stuff. [Laughs]
Glamour: In the next episode, Danny is seen massaging Mindy’s breasts and she calls them "tits." Definitely would not have flown with Fox!
Matt: You're correct. Fox would not let have us do that probably. [Laughs] We have to be the standards department now and make our own calls on this now. We have to be responsible perverts! Mindy also says she’s spent a lot of time on Danny's carpet [by his desk], and I don’t think Fox would have allowed that. [Laughs]
Glamour: Mindy's mother is hysterical. Can we see her and Danny do a Bollywood performance? Danny will dance and Mrs. Lahiri will sing.
Matt: That’s a very fun idea! We've never seen him do Bollywood dancing! One fun thing we see this season is that Danny has danced a lot, and it's gotten him out of a lot of trouble, but he’ll find that it can’t get him out of everything and he’s got to find a new thing to do to get him out of trouble with Mindy.
Don't miss next week's major episode of "The Mindy Project" on Hulu, and stay tuned for our interview with Ike Barinholtz. He'll tell us all about Morgan's huge bombshell!
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