This is my favorite part of the Q-and-A:
Your character on The Office, Kelly Kapoor, is a big ditz—is she fun to play?
I don’t think there are a lot of times when Asians on television get to play total idiots, so it’s really freeing. I don’t act too much outside of The Office, but sometimes I do get these calls: “Would you like to be the computer technician in Die Hard 4?” And you’re like, “Jesus Christ, of course not. No, no, no, no.”
Incidentally, has there ever been this many South Asians on American television before? Kal Penn has joined the cast of House, Sendhil Ramamurthy is on Heroes, Adhir Kalyan is on Aliens in America, and Parminder Nagra is still on ER. If you can think of any others, please let me know in the comments section.