The scene-stealer shares her own influence on Kamala’s style in Mindy Kaling’s Netflix series and her speed-shopping trip for her “Vogue” India-covered wedding.
We all buy clothes, but no two people shop the same. It can be a social experience, and a deeply personal one; at times, it can be impulsive and entertaining, at others, purpose-driven, a chore. Where do you shop? When do you shop? How do you decide what you need, how much to spend and what’s “you”? These are some of the questions we’re putting to prominent figures in our column “How I Shop.”
In “Never Have I Ever,” Devi’s cousin Kamala is too focused on studying for her PhD, bingeing “Riverdale” and secretly meeting with CalTech snack, Steve, to spend her days perusing Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks. Although, she did set aside time to catch a “fashion segment on ‘The Today Show’ for a fun way to mix professional and casual” for a Skype session with prospective future in-laws. And she is oft-mistaken for a runway model (*as a bike guy crashes into the Vishwakumar family’s garbage cans*).
Fittingly, in real life, the actor who plays Kamala, Richa Moorjana — who landed the role after an open-casting call garnering over 15,000 applicants — is also a self-confessed non-fashion person. “I’m not really into shopping,” she admits, on a call from her home in Los Angeles.
Well, Moorjani has been busy. Before stealing scenes in Mindy Kaling‘s recent Netflix hit, she racked up spots on “The Mindy Project,” of course, and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” She’s also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. (Moorjani is trained in Kathak, a classical Indian dance, and minored in Theatre and Dance at the University of California, Davis.) Plus, the multi-hyphenate recently tied the knot over a four-day, multi-event wedding, which was documented through a gorgeous spread in Vogue India — wonderfully ironic for a self-confessed non-fashion person.
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