The Mindy Project’s Ed Weeks

Season 4 of The Mindy Project premieres tonight, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t over-the-moon excited for the show’s return. Actor Ed Weeks, who plays OB/GYN doctor Jeremy Reed on the show, has been charming us from the beginning. Tall, dark, and handsome and unbelievably funny, with a melty British accent to boot, Ed is impossible not to love. We caught up with him and found he’s just as hilarious (and handsome) in person as he is on the show. Ed dished on his favorite spots to eat and drink in London, and the funniest thing Mindy Kaling ever said to him…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? 

I’d slope downstairs, find a hitherto undiscovered chocolate (preferably truffled) on the kitchen counter, and insert into my greedy face. Eggs benedict and coffee for breakfast. A hike to assuage any guilt, then push on through with meat, cheese and dough every few hours until bedtime. I am nothing if not committed.

Do you have any personal grooming must-haves? What are they? 

I have disobedient Latin hair, so to tame it I use a bit of Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. It’s an excellent matte paste that gives you a lot of control, and its name sounds very dusky and eighties, which is an aesthetic I try to live my whole life by. I trim down my greedy face with a Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100, force some unwilling deodorant into my pits, and blunder into my day.

Funniest advice you’ve ever received…

“Don’t worry about it.”

Best advice you’ve ever received…

To listen more. Both in acting, and in life.

First reaction upon Fox canceling Mindy Project…

Well, this is an odd one because we’d already been hearing murmurs that Hulu was looking to pick us up. When the Fox news broke, I received lots of commiserative texts from friends. I wanted to reply back with the Hulu pickup but also didn’t want to tempt fate until it became official. That said, reading a big “cancelled” headline about your job would send a shiver down anyone’s spine.

First reaction upon Hulu picking it up…

Relief. I may have kissed someone near me. From thence an escalation that I won’t go into here.

What’s your drink? How do you make it? 

Big fan of Moscow Mules. Simply mix four parts ginger beer to one part vodka over ice. Add lime juice and prepare for an evening of questionable life decisions.

Best thing that’s ever happened on the set so far…

A few years back, getting the news that we had a second season pickup. It gave us hope that there might be life in this thing. And the taco trucks. Oh, the taco trucks.

What’s the funniest thing Mindy has said to you?

There are many to choose from but I find it particularly enjoyable when she does impressions of me. She makes me sound like a Victorian urchin. When, in fact, as we all know, I am a Victorian lord.

One thing women don’t know about men that they should…

Secretly we’re pretty cool.

Five great gift ideas to get for a boyfriend…

Holiday

Threesome

Collection of antique figurines

Sense of purpose

Meat

What would your last meal be? Who would it be with? 

Cheeseburger, chilli cheese fries, chocolate malt, cheesecake. The four ch’s. I would have it with my writing partner Meena Dimian who has a tiny appetite and therefore wouldn’t steal any of my fucking malt.

What are your favorite spots in London to eat and drink? 

Bob Bob Ricard. Each table has a bell for champagne! Ring bell, swig bubbles, forget problems! Dean Street Townhouse. The roast chicken is sublime – the roastest with the mostest. MEATliquor. The burger tastes like it was marinated in the tears of the cow – in a good way.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

Strangely enough, the literal new potato appears to be the cauliflower. Have you had cauliflower mash? It’s delicious. Am I really going to end this interview talking about cauliflower? I suppose I am.

Girls’ Jake Lacy gave us his favorite spots in NYC. Also read our interview with the equally hilarious Jesse Tyler Ferguson

*Ed Weeks, photographed at Aria Wine Bar in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.