How Mindy Kaling Ended Up In A Billie Eilish Song

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mindy Kaling

Billie Eilish and Mindy Kaling could also be a duet you by no means anticipated to listen to. That’s primarily as a result of Kaling shouldn’t be a singer. Eilish nonetheless discovered a technique to work her and The Office gang into her track “My Strange Addiction.”

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Kaling spoke with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross on April 27 about her new Netflix present Never Have I Ever. Gross requested her in regards to the enduring phenomenon of The Office and Kaling instructed the story of how Eilish approached her for the track. Never Have I Ever premiered April 27 on Netflix.

Billie Eilish wasn’t Billie Eilish when she requested Mindy Kaling for ‘The Office’ clips

Eilish had an thought for utilizing clips from The Office in a track. Kaling, a author/producer in addition to star on The Office, solely came upon some younger singer/songwriter was asking for permission to license clips. She stated sure simply to be supportive.

Billie Eilish in ConcertBillie Eilish in Concert
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“I remember about three or four yeras ago I got a call from one oy my agents saying, ‘Hey, this young singer/songwriter would love to sample a section of one of your episodes. I think you wrote it and then your voice is in it as Kelly. Do you mind if they do it? She’s like an L.A. based indie singer/songwriter,’” Kaling stated. “I said, ‘Yeah, sure, that’s fine’ and signed something. It was Billie Eilish.”

Billie Eilish used the episode ‘Three Level Midnight’ in ‘My Strange Additction’

The episode of The Office is about Michael Scott (Steve Carell) screening his movie Three Level Midnight. Eilish’s track opens with the clip of Scott saying, “No, Billy. I haven’t done that dance since my wife died.” Kaling is among the featured voices speaking in regards to the movie after a screening.

“She wrote a song called ‘My Strange Addiction’ which is one of her big hits,” Kaling stated. “The track samples completely different elements of The Office as a result of she loves the present a lot.”

Mindy Kaling came upon in regards to the singer’s ‘The Office’ obsession

Kaling was touched that Eilish, solely a teen when writing “My Strange Addiction,” was such a fan of her present. The Office aired its last episode in 2013.

Billie Eilish and Finneas EilishBillie Eilish and Finneas Eilish
Billie Eilish and Finneas Eilish | CBS through Getty Images

“In fact, she would even say it’s not love,” Kaling stated of Eilsih. “She’s obsessed with the show and I think she’s seen the entire series from season 1 to season 9 all the way through four or five times. So she wrote this song and I was sampled in it and I didn’t understand who she was at the time.”

Billie Eilish isn’t the one younger ‘Office’ fan

Kaling has found The Office has a robust following amongst viewers who have been too younger to observe it when it aired on NBC.

“It’s had this real impact on this younger generation,” Kaling stated. “It’s funny how many 14-15-year-old kids will come up to me at the airport because they’ve binged it on Netflix. They’ve seen everything. It’s been great because that’s not a show I think could be made now.”

Mindy Kaling | Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Perhaps these viewers aren’t getting their fill from trendy TV, in order that they need to look again on The Office.

I feel there’s only a heightened sensitivity now to viewers that wasn’t there when the present got here out, nevertheless it’s unusual as a result of the present is extra in style now than actually the primary season of the present once we actually struggled. I feel community executives, the way in which Michael Scott behaves and the sort of stuff that he says, I feel they’d have an actual concern that there can be blogs and articles and petitions written in opposition to them. Maybe I’m mistaken. I’m typically shocked at what’s on TV. 

Mindy Kaling on Fresh Air, 4/27/2020

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