Mindy Kaling has spoken about her experience in Hollywood several times. Naturally, the comments and negativity she receives from Velma being South Asian, as opposed to Caucasian, is one more example the star couldn’t help but address at New York Comic Con.
“I think the characters in this are so iconic, but the gang is in no way defined by their whiteness, except for Fred,” Kaling said (via Insider). “So I was a little surprised and I think most Indian-American girls, when they see this skeptical, hard-working, underappreciated character, can relate to her. Not all comments were negative. The author revealed that many were excited about the growing representation of major productions and big names. During “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in July 2021, the “Never Have I Ever” creator revealed that the support she receives on Twitter from “really intense fans… like anime fans, comics” is well received.
” [With] animation, we can do everything. Velma’s essence isn’t necessarily tied to her whiteness,” Kaling shared with Entertainment Weekly. “I identify with her character so much, and I think so many people do, so it’s like, yeah, let’s make her an Indian on this show. Many agree with the decision and think there couldn’t be a more perfect person to voice the nerdy character, as “The Mindy Project” alum is the embodiment of Velma.