Fans weren’t the only ones who weren’t sure if Mindy Kaling and Novak were dating.
Novak revealed in a 2012 interview with Vulture that he and Kaling never knew if they were dating or not.
“‘Is this dating?’ no one, including us, ever truly knew. Isn’t this dating?’ We were never truly dating, and we were never truly single. We had no idea. Nobody knew “he said. “The only thing you could count on was finding one of us next to the other, even if we didn’t get along.”
Novak added that their real-life relationship often inspired Kelly and Ryan’s on the show in the same 2012 interview with Vulture.
“‘Are Ryan and Kelly together right now, or are they not together?’ viewers would occasionally inquire. It’s not even that I have no idea. The question seemed to me to be missing the point.” Novak explained. “Write whatever comes to mind. Kelly was in need of a boyfriend this week, so Ryan went on a date with her. Ryan and Kelly are planning to marry… I believe it was a reflection of our relationship at the time.”
However, he acknowledged that the couple’s real-life breakup was not the same as their fictional one.
“I think we just grew up in real life, and it became more of a transition,” he remarked.
B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling Met in 2004 While Creating and Starring in The Office.
In 2004, when they were both 24 years old, Kaling and Novak met while filming and writing The Office. They had an off-and-on relationship almost as soon as their characters, Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard, did onscreen. “We were never truly dating, we were never really not dating,” Novak explained to Vulture in 2012. We had no idea. Nobody had any idea. All you’d know for sure is that one of us would always be next to the other, even if we didn’t get along.” Kelly and Ryan’s ups and downs were inspired by their own regular disagreements, he added.
“He is not my lover, but he is not my closest friend,” Kaling says of their relationship, which she describes as “strange as hell.” Our relationship may be described as a ‘romantically fueled camaraderie with loud disagreements,’ but I doubt Facebook would accept this as a new status.”
“We fell in love after working closely together in the writers’ room,” she told Vulture, “and then dated on and off for a few years, and now we are just, like, best friends.” As in, really best pals. It’s the kind of friendship you get when you’re entrenched with someone, the kind of friendship you can only obtain by spending so much time with them.”
B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling’s Daughter Are Quite Close.
In a December 2019 interview with Us Weekly, Mindy Kaling revealed that her long-time buddy B.J. Novak had a unique affinity with Katherine, who was born in 2017. “At least once or twice a week, he comes over to just hanging out with my daughter,” she revealed. “I can take a shower or work out while he does that… He’s fantastic.” Novak devised a distraction for Katherine’s second birthday so Kaling could dress up as Elmo and surprise her. The “Office” star also spent the holidays with the mother-daughter pair.
As Kaling revealed to Good Housekeeping, Novak is the little girl’s godfather. “The truth is, B.J. is more like a family member today than a platonic friend,” she explained. Many fans believe Kaling’s former co-star is also her baby daddy in secret, which she agreed would make sense to outsiders. Even though Kaling has yet to clarify who the father is, this isn’t the case. He’s only the godfather for now.
During an interview with Stephen Colbert, according to Cheat Sheet, the actor said, “It’s difficult since godfathers are a Christian idea. So he’s Jewish, and my kids are Hindu, so he might not have been the best choice.”
Other people they’ve dated have been intimidated by their relationship, according to Novak.
Anyone who has dated Kaling or Novak since they met has been scared by their connection, according to Novak in a 2013 interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re not dating, but we’re very inseparable best friends with a lot of chemistry. I believe that whenever we date someone new, there is a period when the other person is quite doubtful about our friendship “he stated.
“‘Everyone appears to assume you two are dating, and I’m sorry if I’m getting in the way. Are you certain you’re not dating someone? Are you certain you won’t wind up dating?’ It’s so typical to have a platonic best friend that it starts to feel strange when you start dating someone.”
Novak Expressed His Desire for A More “consistently Positive” Relationship with Kaling.
It’s no surprise that mindy kaling and Novak became fast friends while filming “The Office.”
Novak remarked on a Reddit AMA in 2014, “On a minute-by-minute basis, I was closest to Mindy Kaling and also the furthest away from her. I wouldn’t swap it for anything.”
Continuing, he said, “In fact, I wouldn’t swap it for anything. What I’m talking about is a more consistently positive relationship with Mindy Kaling, which I’d swap for it. She’s fantastic.”