'I completed sweated through the side of my dress': Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson recall first late-night appearances

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    ‘I completed sweated through the side of my dress’: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson recall first late-night appearances
    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In the new comedy&nbsp;Late Night,&nbsp;Mindy Kaling&nbsp;plays Molly Patel, an upstart writer hired onto the all-male staff of a struggling late night talk show.&nbsp;Emma Thompson&nbsp;is the beleaguered host, joke slinger and interview of said show, Tonight With Katherine Newbury.” data-reactid=”37″>In the new comedy Late NightMindy Kaling plays Molly Patel, an upstart writer hired onto the all-male staff of a struggling late night talk show. Emma Thompson is the beleaguered host, joke slinger and interview of said show, Tonight With Katherine Newbury.

    In the spirit of the film’s subject material – and since it’s a rite of passage for any entertainer – we asked Kaling and Thompson about their very first late night television appearances. The two gamely played along, even if it meant revisiting some embarrassing and nervewracking moments – not to mention questionable fashion selections (watch above).

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For Kaling, it was&nbsp;a 2007 appearance&nbsp;on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” data-reactid=”39″>For Kaling, it was a 2007 appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

    “I was so scared,” Kaling recounted. “I was so nervous. I don’t lift my arms up, but I completely sweated through the side of my dress.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It was a dress Kaling, 39, believed she borrowed from the costume department at The Office, the NBC sitcom that put her on the map in 2005. "I didn’t know yet that you could hire a stylist and do all of that."” data-reactid=”41″>It was a dress Kaling, 39, believed she borrowed from the costume department at The Office, the NBC sitcom that put her on the map in 2005. “I didn’t know yet that you could hire a stylist and do all of that.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The appearance was a homecoming of sorts for Kaling. She was intern at Conan in college while she was 19 – which the gregarious host brought up during the interview. But Kaling downplayed the "reunion" in retrospect. "When you’re an intern on Conan, you’re like the lowest of the low. No one looks at you, you’re just bringing papers to people. But then later when I was on [as a guest], it was like this avuncular thing, like, ‘Oh we’re an old family! Reunion! I remember you when…’ Which was nice but not true."” data-reactid=”42″>The appearance was a homecoming of sorts for Kaling. She was intern at Conan in college while she was 19 – which the gregarious host brought up during the interview. But Kaling downplayed the “reunion” in retrospect. “When you’re an intern on Conan, you’re like the lowest of the low. No one looks at you, you’re just bringing papers to people. But then later when I was on [as a guest], it was like this avuncular thing, like, ‘Oh we’re an old family! Reunion! I remember you when…’ Which was nice but not true.”

    Thompson’s first appearance on a late night interview couch dated a little further back. “It was 1875,” she joked.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""I was doing the publicity for Howard’s End, and I was going on around on basically buses, around America with a little suitcase," said the Brit of her 1992 stateside promotional tour.” data-reactid=”44″>”I was doing the publicity for Howard’s End, and I was going on around on basically buses, around America with a little suitcase,” said the Brit of her 1992 stateside promotional tour.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""So I&nbsp;appeared on Johnny Carson&nbsp;dressed like a geography teacher. I was wearing some sort of flat pinny [dress] and slightly corrective [shoes]."” data-reactid=”45″>”So I appeared on Johnny Carson dressed like a geography teacher. I was wearing some sort of flat pinny [dress] and slightly corrective [shoes].”

    “And I was scared. I was really scared.”

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thompson likely gained confidence in a hurry. Howard’s End, the acclaimed Merchant Ivory production that teamed her Anthony Hopkins, won her a Best Actress Academy Award, her first of two wins and four nominations.” data-reactid=”47″>Thompson likely gained confidence in a hurry. Howard’s End, the acclaimed Merchant Ivory production that teamed her Anthony Hopkins, won her a Best Actress Academy Award, her first of two wins and four nominations.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Late Night is now in theaters.” data-reactid=”48″>Late Night is now in theaters.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Watch Mindy Kaling talk about how being a diversity hire on The Office inspired the film:” data-reactid=”49″>Watch Mindy Kaling talk about how being a diversity hire on The Office inspired the film:

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