Mindy Kaling plans to address the state of Roe v. Wade and abortion rights in Season 2 of The Sex Lives of College Girls, she told Yahoo! Entertainment on Wednesday.
"I think especially at this campus, which is a really big mix of, like, you know, ideologies and stuff, I do think it is something that they talk about," Kaling said, just days before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion protections.
Kaling, who co-wrote and executive produced The Sex Lives of College Girls, added that the issue is particularly emotional for Kimberly, played by Pauline Chalamet. "[Kimberly] came to Essex because she wanted to become a Supreme Court justice," she said. "She literally said she wants to be like the next Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
Sex Lives has never shied away from integrating real issues into its story. "Obviously we try to deal with political stuff with the patina of comedy... just to make it more enjoyable, but I do think that those are things we talk about in the room all the time," Kaling said.
"I mean, the first season we dealt with Title IX stuff, we dealt with sexual assault, we dealt with characters coming out in hostile environments," she continued. "So it's something that we really care about and, again, doing it in the comedy, I think, is the most effective way to get points across."
The first season of The Sex Lives of College Girls is streaming on HBO Max, with production on Season 2 currently underway.
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TOPICS: The Sex Lives of College Girls, Mindy Kaling, abortion, Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court