Mindy Kaling references The Office in This or That TikTok-style video
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She shot to prominence by playing the ditzy customer service representative Kelly Kapoor on the US version of The Office.

And Mindy Kaling referenced the now-classic comedy series in a TikTok-style challenge video she shared with her 5.7 million Instagram followers on Friday.

The 41-year-old actress and writer answered some burning questions about her preferences with the popular This or That meme scored to Run-DMC's It's Tricky. 

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Office throwback: Mindy Kaling, 41, got in on the TikTok This or That challenge with a video posted to Instagram in which she chose 'The Temp' from The Office over Jim and Dwight © Provided by Daily Mail Office throwback: Mindy Kaling, 41, got in on the TikTok This or That challenge with a video posted to Instagram in which she chose 'The Temp' from The Office over Jim and Dwight

Mindy seemed to be anticipating some bright spring fashion with a coral sweater with red and orange horizontal stripes.

She contrasted the vibrant top with navy blue jeans while going barefoot in her back yard.

The TikTok challenge features creators dancing or comically choosing their preferences among two competing things, and Mindy looked like she was having a hard time choosing between the Office characters Jim (played by John Krasinski) and Dwight (played by Rainn Wilson).

But she perked up when an option for 'The Temp' suddenly popped up, and she made a beeline toward it.

'New year, same me. Am I doing this right???' she captioned the clip. 

Mindy Kaling standing in front of a sign: Vibrant: Mindy seemed to be anticipating some bright spring fashion with a coral sweater with red and orange horizontal stripes © Provided by Daily Mail Vibrant: Mindy seemed to be anticipating some bright spring fashion with a coral sweater with red and orange horizontal stripes B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling sitting at a desk: Costars: 'The Temp,' Ryan Howard, was played by Mindy's on-and-off ex-boyfriend B. J. Novak, who also served as a writer and producer on The Office with her; still from The Office © Provided by Daily Mail Costars: 'The Temp,' Ryan Howard, was played by Mindy's on-and-off ex-boyfriend B. J. Novak, who also served as a writer and producer on The Office with her; still from The Office

'The Temp,' Ryan Howard, was played by Mindy's on-and-off ex-boyfriend B. J. Novak, who also served as a writer and producer on The Office with her.

Although the two initially had a sweet if comical romance on the series, the characters began to supply some broad comedy for the series as they became increasingly codependent and deranged.


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In December, Mindy revealed to fashion designer Tory Burch that B. J., who has remained good friends with her, was going to be dressing up as Santa Claus to surprise her two children, Katherine, three, and Spencer, three months.

'We're Hindu and B. J. is Jewish. So this is like cultural appropriation on our part, to be Christian,' she joked.

The Late Night actress had the idea to have him sneak in to her living room in a Santa suit while she and Katherine were in the kitchen cooking.

'[Santa] needed to take a rest,' she clarified. 'Tory, it's so complicated why Santa was there, why he was taking a nap. But we're going to do that.'

a girl holding a book shelf: Sweet: In December, Mindy revealed to fashion designer Tory Burch that B. J., who has remained good friends with her, was going to dress up as Santa to surprise her two children © Provided by Daily Mail Sweet: In December, Mindy revealed to fashion designer Tory Burch that B. J., who has remained good friends with her, was going to dress up as Santa to surprise her two children

Mindy and B.J. were introduced while working on the series, and they had an on–off relationship while on the series, which was mirrored and parodied by their characters' relationship.  

Both Mindy and B. J. have continued to be good friends since their time on the show, though earlier this month he seemed to get a bit flirty with her on Instagram.

Minday had revealed her lovely cover for Vogue India, which featured her in an eye-catching white and red striped dress.

B. J. simply commented 'Check your DMs,' which may have been a knowing joke alluding to speculation about their relationship among fans. 

B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling posing for the camera: Work romance: Mindy and B.J. were introduced while working on the series, and they had an on–off relationship while on the series, which was mirrored and parodied by their characters' codependent relationship; seen together in May 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail Work romance: Mindy and B.J. were introduced while working on the series, and they had an on–off relationship while on the series, which was mirrored and parodied by their characters' codependent relationship; seen together in May 2019 graphical user interface, text, application: Fan service: 'Both Mindy and B. J. have continued to be good friends since their time on the show, though earlier this month he seemed to get a bit flirty with her on Instagram © Provided by Daily Mail Fan service: 'Both Mindy and B. J. have continued to be good friends since their time on the show, though earlier this month he seemed to get a bit flirty with her on Instagram

In her Instagram video, Mindy also revealed that she's more of a fast food fan than a fine dining obsessive.

She looked guilty in another section as she admitted she was 'Messy AF' and not a 'Clean Freak.'

She showed she was more a snorer than a drooler for another question, and confirmed she was a fan of Captain America over Thor, though she didn't pick a side until the last second.

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