Mindy Kaling doesn’t understand Scooby Doo fan objections to her plans for Velma’s character in an upcoming HBO Max spinoff series.
Kaling is voicing the character and is an executive producer on the show, titled Velma.
“When it was announced that I was going to do the voice of Velma, people were very supportive and happy on Twitter,” Kaling explained Thursday. Late night with Seth Meyers. “So it felt great because these are really intense fans: cartoon fans, comic book fans.”
In June, it was announced that the show was reinventing the character as South Asian.
“People were not happy,” Kaling said of the series update. “There was a lot of, ‘So, no Velma?’ Those kinds of tweets. ‘Isn’t that the classic Velma I’m always thinking of?’ ”
Kaling was surprised by the answer to the animated mystery solver.
“In the first place, I didn’t know that it provoked such strong reactions in any direction,” he said. “I just couldn’t understand how people couldn’t imagine that a really smart nerdy girl with terrible eyesight who loved to solve mysteries couldn’t be Indian. There are Indian nerds. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to people, but people are like , ‘No no no’ “.
Kaling added that the reaction represented “a very small percentage of people,” saying: “But it made me think, ‘Okay, we have to be very careful with this character,’ what we will be because we love her.”
The office alum is currently voicing the character of Val in the new Disney + series, Monsters at work, a derivative of Monsters inc. She shared her 3-year-old daughter Katherine’s reaction to her mother’s new animated role.
“She loves it,” he said. “She’s already crazy about power. She says, ‘That’s my mom!'”