Mindy Kaling hosted friends and costars at the Roosevelt Hotel in LA last night for a party to celebrate her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, thrown by Glamour magazine's editor in chief Cindi Leive. She was joined by The Office's B.J. Novak and Jenna Fischer, who were out showing support along with Nicole Richie, Busy Philipps, and Anna Faris. Handsome Men's club members Jon Hamm and Jimmy Kimmel also stopped by the celebration to toast Mindy, who looked lovely in a black and silver Hervé Leger cocktail dress. Mindy took a few minutes to chat with us about her memoir, dating, and how the men in her life have reacted to her advice. She said:
- Mindy on giving relationship advice: "I think I'm always nervous, because I'm just a comedian and I've had like three boyfriends in my life. So when I dispense advice about relationships it's always like mostly tongue and cheek. I just think it's irresponsible [to give advice], but I love the idea of being like Ann Landers to somebody. But for me it's like more about the comedy essays and memoir."
- Mindy on straying from the original title of the book, Contents of My Purse: "The Contents of My Purse is very blog centraled, and more about shopping, which is one of my great passions obviously. After I saw how much memoir it was and how many personal essays and comedy essays [were there], it didn't seem apt. Although, maybe i do have a book in me called Contents of My Purse somewhere."
- Mindy's pick for outstanding men: "Clive Owen is a pretty awesome guy, Sacha Baron Cohen is pretty amazing, who else do I love, and Steve Jobs. Those are pretty universally loved men."
- Mindy on great advice from her mom: "My mom has always said you have to be your own best friend. Which really means like no matter what, you have to be your own person giving you the tough advice when nobody else does."
- Mindy on omitting the chapter about B.J. Novak: "It's very hard because I have a great working friendship and professional relationship with B.J. . . . and I would never want to jeopardize that. . . So maybe one day, maybe when he dies [kidding.]"
- Mindy on how the men in her life have reacted to the book: "My advice is so general, if you really look at it, it's like, 'Offer to help doing the dishes,' and 'Own a pair of dark jeans.' Pretty low hanging fruit — so if you can't accomplish those things you're probably not someone I know."