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Mindy Kaling on Life, Celebrity…and the Downside

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This Sunday, Parade visits Mindy Kaling, the force behind TV’s The Mindy Project, at her Los Angeles home. Although the currently single 34-year-old is working overtime as the creator, head writer, and star of her show, she takes a break to open up to the magazine about her design philosophy (“I’m a ‘more is more’ person”), her personal and family life, the attention paid to her appearance, and the downside of being the boss. Below, some excerpts from the interview:

On the importance of knowing how to cook:

“You go to someone’s house for a home-cooked meal and you think, ‘Oh, I get it—the most attractive you can be, male or female, is if you cook.’ If I had a boyfriend who cooked for me, that’d be it. I would never stray.”

On Fox green-lighting her show’s pilot on the same day her mother died of pancreatic cancer:

“It was like a gift from God or my mom. I think she was giving me something so I didn’t have to get crushed under the weight of my grief.”

On standing out in the white male-dominated comedy world:

“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”

On the attention paid to her appearance:

“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”

On having a TV show to produce and a staff to manage:

“I love being the boss, but it’s lonelier because you know that everyone at some point has huge complaints about you. And I like to be part of the gang, you know?”

See Mindy at Home! Go behind the scenes of Parade’s photo shoot with Mindy at her Spanish-style abode HERE.

Sandra (Bullock) + Melissa (McCarthy) = A Real Hollywood Friendship

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In this Sunday’s issue, Parade interviews Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, stars of the upcoming buddy-cop comedy The Heat. Although the two actresses hadn’t met before working on this movie, they developed the kind of camaraderie that even Oscar and Emmy winners can’t fake.

Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) notes that they were “inseparable…normally after movies, those friendships go away. Theirs blossomed.” Back in L.A., Bullock and her 3-year-old son, Louis, regularly spend quality time with McCarthy, her actor husband Ben Falcone, and their daughters, Vivian, 6, and Georgette, 3. In the Parade interview they compare notes on working together and their mixed feelings about being working moms; they also rib each other mercilessly. Some excerpts:

On working together:

Sandra: “I’ve always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do. This didn’t have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn’t involve shoe shopping…I’d seen Bridesmaids, and I said, ‘If Melissa McCarthy wants to work with me…’ The first week I was like, ‘What is she doing? That’s not in the script.’ I was the lone actor, jack-of-one-trade, in a room full of improv actors and stand-up comedians. I mean, you should just listen to the stuff that comes out of her mouth.”

Melissa (to Sandra): “Before I knew you—don’t listen, I don’t want you to get cocky—I was asked in an interview who I thought was funny, and I said you…I love to watch someone who just goes for it and isn’t worried about whether it’s silly or awkward or unflattering.”

On what they have in common:

Sandra: “Having kids connected us on a deeper level. And the things we’re obsessed with outside of being a mom are the same, too: construction and house renovation…. We’re kindred spirits in that world. If we had a beer den, with Barcaloungers—but our version of that—it’d be great.”

Melissa: “There’d be fabric swatches everywhere. And reclaimed wood.”

On whether they worry about being good or bad moms:

Sandra: “Every single second of every single day…I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction? But I also know that my entire life revolves around Louis.”

Melissa: “It plagues me. I feel intensely guilty for working…You have to be able to provide for your kids. But I feel like it’s a weird modern phenomenon that you always feel guilty for it.”

For more on their feelings about the impact of fame and paparazzi on their families, and why Sandra’s son, Louis, has been called “an angry kid,” go here.

Kitten Face Talks Bad Boys, Love and Fame

In the latest issue of Parade, Taylor Swift opens up about love, fame, bad boys, living in the public eye, and more.

“I have so much to learn about life,” 22-year-old superstar Taylor Swift said. “I know nothing compared to what I’m going to know someday.”

The onetime outsider—a songwriting savant bullied by mean girls in junior high and overlooked by the guys she crushed on— has evolved into the ultimate insider, an entertainer Forbes ranked as the highest-paid celeb under 30 this year, with earnings of $57 million. Her fourth album, Red, is a blockbuster that moved more than 1 million copies its first week. She has A-list BFFs, a couple of hit movies, and a growing list of high-profile ex-boyfriends (including Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s 18-year-old son, Conor). So why can’t Swift shake the fear that she’ll somehow mess it all up? “I’m scared of this whole thing backfiring,” she admits. “Or chewing me up and spitting me out, and all of a sudden, I don’t love it anymore.”

Check out the highlights from the interview with Kitten face below.

ON THE BAD BOYS SHE’S DRAWN TO:

There’s a really interesting charisma involved. They usually have a lot to say, and even if they don’t, they know how to look at you to say it all. I think every girl’s dream is to find a bad boy at the right time, when he wants to not be bad anymore.

ON HER ROMANCES DEVELOPING QUICKLY AND ENDING QUICKLY TOO:

I don’t think there’s an option for me to fall in love slowly, or at medium speed. I either do or I don’t. I don’t think it through, really, which is a good thing and a bad thing. You don’t look before you leap, which is like, ‘Yay, this is awesome! Let’s not think twice!’ And then you’re like, ‘We used to be flying. Now we’re falling. What’s happening?’

ON THE DIFFICULTY OF LIVING IN THE PUBLIC EYE:

I don’t know necessarily how much privacy I’m entitled to, but I know I don’t get much of it. At the same time, I asked for this. I could be playing in a coffee house. I’d be happy doing that, [but] not as happy, probably. Knowing that people are going to hear the music I make is the most amazing feeling. Knowing that there are dudes waiting outside my house with cameras, hiding in the bushes, is a less awesome feeling.

For more of the interview go visit our friends at Parade here.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Kitten Face. BUT…I’m waiting for that day when she quits writing breakup songs slamming her exes and gets out of her funk of denial and pens a song with the lyrics “I am the problem.”

Kyra Sedgwick Talks Final Episodes of The Closer with PARADE

Next Monday, July 9, the first of the final six episodes (ever!) of The Closer will air and while we’ll miss the charming brash of Kyra Sedgwick’s homicide-solving Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, we can take some comfort in the fact the the show will go out with a bang, not a whimper. Sedgwick gives Parade.com a sneak peek at how the series will wrap things up after seven seasons:

On not everyone surviving the final episodes.

“I think Brenda realizes how deeply she loves her squad and the inherent loss of making a choice, or having to leave. And there is another loss that happens that I can’t reveal. But there’s a major personal loss for Brenda.”

On the mole’s reveal.

“Oh absolutely [people will be surprised]! I think we’ve been thrown off the scent. I look at my Twitter and everyone has a different idea.”

On the final episodes being themed around love and loss.

“The themes are loss and love and I think there are clearly some ripple effects that occur after the mole is revealed that are challenging for everybody. I think in some ways, the last six episodes are about coming to terms with who were are as people and not being pleased with who we see, including Brenda. She has to come to terms with the choices she’s made in her life and the ramifications of her choices. She has always put her career first and she suddenly has to deal with the ramifications of that.”

For more from Sedgwick, including the return of Philip Stroh and more on Brenda’s final goodbye, visit Parade.com, HERE.