Chris Messina


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  • Birth Place: Northport, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/11/1974, Leo
  • Profession: Actor; producer
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The Mindy Project: In Defense of Mindy and Danny's Breakup

"Sorry about that." 

Mindy Project writer and star Ike Barinholtz says up front, apologizing for his part in Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny's (Chris Messina) shocking breakup last week.

"We got some little abuse on twitter, a little friendly abuse. But you know when that happens I kind of love that," Barinholtz tells "It just means that people are not only watching the show but are passionate about the show. And they really get invested in it enough to tweet, 'You bastard, how could you do this?!'"

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Mindy, Amy and (on DVD) Laura Petrie: TV's Funny Girls

Having recently been renewed for a third season, disproving TV's usual out-of-sight/out-of-mind policy, Fox's The Mindy Project emerges from a three-month hiatus with back-to-back episodes (Tuesday, 9/8c) demonstrating Mindy Kaling's devotion to screwball comedy. A concept which Amy Schumer would probably find a way to make sound really, hilariously dirty. (Her uproarious Comedy Central sketch-com Inside Amy Schumer returns at 10:30/9:30c, making this an especially happy April Fools Day.)

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The Mindy Project's Kaling and Messina: Mindy and Danny Are "Extremely Happy" Post-Kiss

After nearly two seasons of repressed feelings and sexual tension, The Mindy Project's midseason finale shocked viewers when Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) shared a passionate kiss on a flight en route back to New York.

"I thought that some people might dig it or some people might not dig it ... but I was definitely kind of shocked that people had such a visceral experience with it," Messina tells

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PaleyFest 2013: Beverly Janoszewski (Beth Grant)/ Guest Stars
Morgan Spits in Mindy's Face
The Kiss
Banned from Lincoln Center

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Celeste and Jesse Forever
The Giant Mechanical Man
Celeste and Jesse Forever
The Giant Mechanical Man

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TV Listings



Year Title Description
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Movie, Actor - Tim
2012 The Mindy Project TV Show Series, Actor - Dr. Danny Castellano
2012 Celeste And Jesse Forever Movie, Actor - Paul
2011 Like Crazy Movie, Actor - Mike Appletree
2010 Greenberg Movie, Actor - Phillip Greenberg

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Ask Matt: Mindy, S.H.I.E.L.D., Blacklist, Intelligence, Super Bowl Ads

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Question: What do you think the chance is for The Mindy Project to be renewed for a third season? I have been watching it since the beginning and think that the end of "The Desert" episode gave the show some good material and direction for the rest of the season. It has become so funny, and the chemistry between Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina is great. I would hate for this show to not get a chance to show what it can do. I'm not sure how long a show has to be on the air to be syndicated, but I think that would help the ratings, too. — Meg

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum Heads to The Mindy Project

Danny and Mindy won't just have to contend with the Dr. L's current boyfriend when The Mindy Project returns in April.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum has signed on to guest-star on the Fox comedy as... read more

Ranking the Men of The Mindy Project

On last week's winter finale, The Mindy Project made our dreams come true when Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (finally!) kissed. While we wait until the comedy returns on April 1, we thought we'd look back and see how Danny stacks up to Mindy's past love interests. 

So check out our rankings below, from least dateable to the ultimate OTP.

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25 Reasons Why I'm Madly in Love with The Mindy Project's Danny Castellano

Early on in my viewing of The Mindy Project (Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30c, Fox), I took a hard stance against the seemingly inevitable Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy (Mindy Kaling) pairing. In fact, I wrote a whole story about why these polar opposite colleagues-turned-friends should never take their relationship to the next level. At the time, I said it was because so many of Mindy's other love interests were just as endearing and more believable. (Brendan gave her that star for her birthday! If Pastor Casey really makes it as an event planner, they can still make it work!) But the real confession might just be a much more selfish one: that I want Dr. Danny Castellano all for myself. Sure, he's attractive and has a good job but my love for the (sadly) fictional but wonderful leading man runs much deeper. Here are 25 reasons why Dr. D is the guy for me... read more

Mindy Project Adds Clueless Star as Danny's Dad

We can already feel the tempers flaring.

The Mindy Project has cast Dan Hedaya, best known for playing Cher's hotheaded dad in Clueless, as Danny's estranged father... read more

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