Anonymous said: Chris must have a huge ego by this point. How can he not? Everyone is always telling him how hot he is. Most people (including Mindy) treat him like the glue that holds this show together. Meanwhile, he's doing no press whatsoever. I love him so much but it feels like he's just literally sitting pretty while everyone else is trying to save this possibly sinking ship. I feel like the other actors deserve more credit. Mindy makes me laugh more than any other character.
I would assume that he does have some, and a reasonable amount of confidence in his looks, I mean he’s an actor.
However, I don’t think Chris is likely to be sitting back and letting the others carry him out of anything but practicality. He’s filmed several movies and two TV shows over the summer, still doing stuff for Alex of Venice here and there, and he has a young family. He explicitly said after finishing Alex of Venice that he wouldn’t take on as much anymore because it had a knock on effect on his family, which seems fair.
He does get a lot of the credit, and if it were anyone else I’d assume he was negatively affected by it. However, by all accounts from friends and co-workers he’s a lovely guy who works really hard and whilst being a little terrible at things like social media, he does get out and stump for pretty much everything regularly.
I do agree that more of the other actors deserve praise too though. Mindy Kaling has come SO FAR as an actress since the show began, she’s just stunning.
Ike Barinholtz and Adam Pally can be a little exhausting, but in general they commit hard to what they’re doing and have turned their secondary characters into something multi-faceted and interesting.
Ed Weeks is criminally underused and I hope they correct that because he’s a funny multi-talented guy and he could probably go write or act anywhere else, but stays because he loves what he does.
Xosha Roquemore is early in her career ultimately, but she takes the business of acting SO SERIOUSLY. She trained at Tisch and speaks regularly about acting classes and what she does to craft her art. I have huge respect for that.
And I will never, ever tire of saying nice things about Beth Grant. She’s had an enviable career, with so much opportunity and so many interesting challenges, yet she continues to be warm and engaged and down to earth and kind as well as professional and I’ve all the time in the world for her.
First of all, agree with everything you wrote alittlenutjob, especially about Beth who is just delightful.
re: Chris. Ooh, boy. I disagree so much with this anon.
Chris Messina was a late bloomer in a lot of ways, especially as a working film/tv actor. His “hotness” came later, and he still has to deal with the “short guy” stigma. He’s matured like a fine wine and there were certainly years when he wasn’t working and not to this extent. I think because of all of this, Chris is very appreciative of everything he has right now and is well aware it could disappear at any moment. He didn’t have to attend a fan front, for example. His wife didn’t have to come to Paley for their date night.
Mindy would be expected to do press. She’s the lead and creator and appears to thrive on the attention. This is not an insult, just an observation. She’s much more extroverted than Chris who has said he doesn’t like social media because he doesn’t like people knowing what he’s doing or where he’s going. He’s more private that way which is perfectly legitimate. Mindy mentioned during Paley how he hates praise, while she loves it.
When he was in NY promoting Alex of Venice, he didn’t flinch when Mindy Project came up. He talked about how nice it was to shoot in NY and meet fans of the show and pretty much about everyone else associated (either the writers or Mindy at any opportunity). During his premiere, he took many photos with Mindy on the red carpet and pretty much every cast member attended.
I do happen to think he’s the glue that keeps the show together, at least for me. I wouldn’t be watching if he wasn’t on it. I’d expect we might see him do press for Mindy and Newsroom at the same time like he’s done in the past.