“Mindy Project” Star Chris Messina Promises Fans a “Satisfying” Series Finale
Ever since we found out that The Mindy Project would be ending after its current sixth season, we’ve been dying to know how the show would tie up its various loose threads. It has already answered some of our biggest questions, like what would happen with Mindy Kaling’s lead character after her impulsive season five finale proposal to Ben (no spoilers in case you’re not caught up), but we have a few more that need to be addressed. Now, in advance of the show’s series finale on Tuesday, actor Chris Messina is dropping some hints to get you even more excited — including some honest admissions about his divisive character, Danny Castellano.
“He’s been a jerk at times, and I understand people would be mad, but I like that he was a jerk ’cause we’re jerks sometimes,” the actor recently told ET at the 2017 American Cinematheque Awards. “We try our best and I think he’s learned some lessons and hopefully they’ll be happy with his newfound self — but we’ll see.”
Messina was a regular on The Mindy Project for four seasons, playing a fellow doctor, friend, and love interest for Kaling’s character, Mindy Lahiri. (Mindy and Danny ultimately had a son together.) As the on-screen couple broke up and became estranged co-parents, his screen time decreased, but his reappearance in season six made many fans think a reconciliation was in the stars. We already know that the series plans to give Mindy her happily ever after, but we also know that it won’t look like what we think. So where does that leave the series finale?!
“I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think it’s a satisfying ending,” Messina reluctantly admitted. “When I read the script, I thought it was a really smart way to end the show, and those guys are the best. Great writers, great actors, I’m going to miss them.” Sigh. We are too, Danny.
Fans of Kaling’s work won’t be able to miss her for long, though — she has a Hulu anthology series based on the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral in the works, and her new single-camera comedy series Champions was picked up by NBC. She’ll also star alongside Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon in A Wrinkle in Time, set to hit theaters in the spring.
And as if she weren’t busy enough, Kaling is also gearing up to be a first-time mom. While she previously admitted she’s anxious about the new responsibility, we have no doubt she’ll rock it with her signature fun and hard-working style.
The Mindy Project series finale airs on Hulu on Tuesday, November 14.
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