After that crazy hot moment in the season 1 finale, Mindy Project fans were probably wondering if Mindy and Danny [Chris Messina] were going to go all Jim and Pam/Jess and Nick on us. Starting off season 2, Kaling’s Mindy Lahiri is still in Haiti with Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) and Danny is back together with his ex-wife Christina (Chloe Sevigny). We all know those unions won’t last long, but that doesn’t mean the doctors will shack up…at least not immediately. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with the two of them,” admits Mindy Kaling, who graces the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. “I know people think I love romantic comedies and I’d want them to end up together. Truthfully, they’re such different types of characters. As they are now, I can’t see them having a very functional relationship.”
Head writer Jack Burditt, who spent years not letting Liz and Jack get romantic as a writer on 30 Rock, may have another plan. “I can see them ending up together, but hopefully down the road. On the very first day we gathered in season 1 of 30 Rock, Tina [Fey] said ‘Jack and Liz will never be together.’ It was a great way to just know through the course of the series that we were never going to go there. But, I think Mindy and Danny, as different as they are, are also very much alike and it seems like somewhere in season who-knows-what it sort of makes sense that they would give it a try.”
Still, Kaling understands where fans of a Mindy-Danny hookup are coming from. “Even when we’re doing a scene about work, I’ll be watching and think, ‘Whoa. That’s sexual chemistry.’ It seems like we’re going to walk down the hallway into a bedroom. That’s just Messina’s smoldering, Sicilian, black-eyed heartthrobiness. My little secret is he would have chemistry with a fire hydrant. He’s just that kind of guy.”
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