Mindy Kaling has been making great strides in the television and film industry in regards to representation. From helming her own show to starring in hit films like “Ocean’s 8” and “A Wrinkle in Time” to having her own Barbie doll, there seems to be nothing she can’t do. However, managing motherhood and a career has exposed her to a new obstacle: the ageism, sexism, and lack of support for working mothers in the film industry.
In a new interview with People, the normally private Kaling opens up about the stigmas she’s facing as a working mom. Kaling also described how many writers’ rooms are ageist and it’s the 20-somethings breezing through to pick up jobs. The culture of work in Hollywood, in general, is not mom-friendly she noted.
“…I think it’s a tiny bit sexist as well,” Kaling told People Magazine, “and people are worried that because you have kids you won’t be able to pay more attention. Any mother will tell you it makes you so razor-sharp focused on your career because you’re so worried about money.”
Daycares can get expensive, even for celebrity moms like Kaling and with women getting paid less than men in the industry it becomes difficult to maneuver. Kaling’s success in the industry has allowed her the ability to work on a schedule that is most convenient to her and she realizes how lucky she is to have that opportunity.
“I’m creating my own opportunities,” Kaling told People Magazine. “And when I do that, my baby comes to work a couple times a week, and I live 15 minutes away from [work], and I create our schedule, so if I need to take her to the doctor I can. I know that’s not the case for everybody else, and I feel really lucky, but yeah, that’s my life right now.”
However, Kaling cites that times are changing, there are more mature writers on shows and with increasing numbers of moms at work, she thinks “the next big push” will be accommodations for moms at work such as childcare. Kaling and her best friend and co-writer and producer on “The Mindy Project,” Tracey Wigfield have made accommodations for the working mothers on their crew for their upcoming project, “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Kaling’s efforts to change the system is one step closer to a more inclusive film industry.