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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Project’ Wardrobe An Upgrade From ‘The Office’

“The Mindy Project” premieres tonight on Fox, and while star Mindy Kaling spent years playing vapid Kelly on “The Office,” she’s finding a little more heart (and a much better wardrobe) for her eponymous comedy.

The show follows lady doctor Mindy as she navigates life and love in the big city. She’s got it together as a doctor, but is less stellar at making the whole romance thing work. In a lot of ways, she’s like a nicer, more mature Kelly.

“I mean one thing that’s really fun is like when you come from ’The Office’ and then you go to play a character who has, like, disposable income and lives in New York City,” she told MTV News recently. “I get to wear sometimes, like, kind of cool clothes. It’s like when you create a show and you get to actually let yourself wear cool clothes. Cause I worked in Scranton. I worked at a paper company in Scranton.”

While she will be playing doctor, she didn’t have to learn music medical jargon to pull it off on the show. “I wanted it to have as much to do with medicine as ’The Office’ had to do with paper, and have it like sometimes you just forgot like, ’Oh yeah. It’s an office and they do something there, but I don’t remember what it was episode to episode.’ But then, occasionally, there is stuff that is medical,” she said. “But I don’t think it’s going to be a lot of me wearing my scrubs [and being like], ‘Got to get to the hospital, deliver that baby.’ It won’t be a lot of medical terminology.”

“The Mindy Project” debuts tonight at 9:30/8:30 C.

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