10 Times Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak Gave Us #ExGoals
WHEN THEY WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS AFTER BREAKING UP
"[We] dated on and off for a couple of years," Mindy Kaling once said of her romantic involvement with B.J. Novak during their tenures on The Office. While Kaling was devastated when he broke up with her – admitting to Howard Stern in 2014 that she would have married him if he'd asked – they continued collaborating on the NBC comedy with minimal drama, and now they have a "really complicated friendship," as Novak put it, that he "wouldn't trade for anything in the world."
WHEN B.J. BOUGHT MINDY'S MAGAZINE COVER
While home in Boston in early April 2015, Novak went grocery shopping with his mom – and couldn't resist picking up an issue of Boston magazine, for which Kaling was the cover star. (Meanwhile we can't even imagine seeking out an ex's face, let alone not burning all our photos of him.)
WHEN THEY WENT TO AN OSCAR PARTY TOGETHER
The inseparable exes went to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar bash together as friends, and were joined by everyone's dream third wheel: Paul Rudd.
WHEN B.J. WATCHED THE MINDY PROJECT
… and adorably promoted the Novak name, Instagramming a still of Kaling's show with his brother's credit on the screen.
WHEN B.J. WAS ON THE MINDY PROJECT
It's safe to say we've never met anyone in our lives who has gone out of her way to involve her ex in a months-long creative endeavor.
WHEN THEY SUPER-BOWLED TOGETHER
They even sat next to each other on the couch! If that's not #ExGoals, we don't know what is.
WHEN MINDY INVITED B.J. OVER FOR CRUDITéS
We're not sure what they're up to, we just know we want to be a part of it. In April 2015, Kaling began posting a flurry of pics with her ex/artistic collaborator/bestie.
WHEN THEY TOOK THIS SELFIE
"Most dramatic elevator trio since Jayz, Beyoncé and Solange!" Kaling jokingly captioned this Instagram selfie (/ussie?) of herself, Novak and Mindy Project writer Jeremy Bronson.
WHEN THEY STARTED WORKING ON A COOL PROJECT
Not only were Novak and Kaling making the rounds at N.Y.C.'s hottest food destinations – Jack's Wife Freda, Ladurée – they were scheming up a new project. (And we just can't wait to see it.)
WHEN THEY WERE BOTH HAPPY FOR EACH OTHER'S SUCCESSES
Both Kaling and Novak have been huge supporters of each other's careers – in particular, of the success of their respective books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and One More Thing, evidenced when Novak posted this cute snap of their literary debuts' side-by-side placement at N.Y.C.'s Strand bookstore in February 2015.a