"There's this expectation that I'm going to have, like, 11 martinis and pass out," Kaling shared on Ellen

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated March 11, 2015 10:00 AM
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They may share a first name, but Mindy Kaling and her onscreen counterpart, Mindy Lahiri, are not one and the same.

“I am dating,” Kaling, 35, revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show. “But one of the challenges I have noticed is that I’m not very much like my character, who is very wild, and I think that when I go on dates there’s this expectation that I’m going to have, like, 11 martinis and pass out and spend the night really soon.”

As a homebody, it’s not in the Inside/Out actress’s nature to be having one-night stands – “I have my medications that I have to take at night. I have to be at my house and like, do my flossing,” she said, laughing, and adding that she’s turning into her mother.

Kaling stores her pills – “Nothing narcotic, yet!” – in a pillbox “for the elderly I have my little Monday-through-Sunday box. So, these are the kinds of sexy stories that guys really like to hear.”

Her complicated pillow system, too, would make it pretty difficult for her to stay at a man’s house. “Like Goldilocks,” she admits, “everything has to be just right.”