Find out everything you need to know about The Office actor BJ Novak and his much-speculated relationship with The Office co-star Mindy Kaling.
A Brief History of BJ Novak
BJ Novak, Mindy Kaling’s on-and-off-again boyfriend, was born Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts on July 31, 1979, making him age 38. He is the son of Linda Manaly and William Novak, the latter of which is a highly respected author and scholar. He went to Newton high school and eventually began studying at Harvard. In 2001, at age 22, he graduated with a degree in English and Spanish literature. During this time, Novak found that he had a knack for comedy writing, and began working hard on a stand-up routine. This would help launch his career in comedy acting, writing, and even directing. Novak would go on to become one of the funniest young guys in film and, most notably, on television. With his versatile abilities in show business, Novak has been able to do a little bit of everything, which makes him a high commodity among actors and writers alike, and, clearly, to Mindy Kaling.
Novak Wrote for and Starred in The Office
Before Novak even met Mindy Kaling (age: 38), he was working hard to make a name for himself. In 2004 his big break came. He was cast in The Office, a mockumentary television sitcom starring big names like Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, and John Krasinski. BJ Novak played Ryan Howard, a character who began as a Temp, and then progresses (and regresses at times) in his career. This gave Novak a common household name and helped his net worth rise to a rumored $9 million. Mindy Kaling was also cast in The Office as customer service representative Kelly Kapoor.
Kaling and Novak, being two young actors and writers for the show, began dating soon after filming started. Throughout the 9 seasons of the show, Kaling and Novak dated on and off, as did their characters, Ryan and Kelly. Now, years after the show has ended, rumors still float around that Kaling and Novak are boyfriend and girlfriend, though neither offers solid evidence, leaving fans frustrated and wondering.
Novak Wrote His Own Children’s Book
The success of The Office launched the careers of many of its actors, writers, and directors. While some would go on to make millions in the box office, or increase their net worth through other widely-successful television shows, Novak decided to use this fame to do something he really loved: writing. In 2014, Novak released his first novel: The Book With No Words. It was intended as a children’s book, though it seems to have been enjoyed by children and adults alike. Novak can often be found reading his book to kids in libraries across the nation. The children can be found cracking up at his use of silly voices and gestures.
Where Else You’ve Seen Him
While you may know him mostly as an actor in The Office, or his relationship with Mindy Kaling, Novak can be seen in numerous films. In 2009 he appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as a Jewish soldier dead-set on killing nazis. He was in Knocked Up (2007), The Internship (2013), and more recently, The Amazing Spider Man 2. In The Amazing Spider Man 2, Novak plays Alistair Smythe, who aids the antagonist in the film who ultimately tries to defeat Spider Man. Although Novak only plays a small role in the film, his character goes on to do much more in the comics.
More Facts You Need to Know About Mindy Kaling’s Boyfriend BJ Novak
1) Novak is a Social Media Star
Novak has millions of followers across social media platforms. His instagram account has over 600k, while his twitter has over 1.15million. His posts span everywhere from comedic to philosophic and artistic in nature, and you can be sure they get a lot of likes and retweets. Follow him on Instagram @picturesoftext or on Twitter @bjnovak.
2) Novak Attended High School With The Office Co-star John Krasinsky
Newton High School spawned not one, but two stars. Both Novak and John Krasinsky went to the school and starred with each other on The Office. This would lead to Novak’s good relationship with Kaling, as well as a number of other friendships made during the filming of The Office.
3) Novak Appeared on Conan
Before The Office, before Kaling, BJ Novak was working on his career as a comedian. While he started on a lot of small stages with small audiences, he worked his way up to appearing on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. His performance had the huge audience watching at home, dying with laughter.
4) Is Novak Kaling’s Baby Daddy?
The big news in recent months is that Mindy Kaling has become pregnant. While she is due to give birth in December, Kaling is keeping the baby daddy a secret, leaving the world to speculate: could Novak be the baby’s daddy? We may not have the answer until the baby is born, but we can all hope that these rumors are true.
5) Staying Low For Now
Following his many successes, Novak appears to be keeping it low. He has been working behind the screen for a while, rather than on them, but his future appears bright. Hopefully, down the road, Novak and Kaling have more to tell us about their relationship; but only time can tell.