'Mindy Project' star talks 'little Indian boy' hairdo, and 'dreamy' James Franco

Sep. 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM ET

Mindy Kaling dropped by the TODAY plaza for an extended visit Tuesday, and ended up talking about James Franco ("dreamy"), the season 2 premiere of her FOX series "The Mindy Project," ... and her hairstyle.

Later, she returned for a second chat indoors with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford — and a half naked bartender, of course.

Kaling discussed her show's improvisational feel, the overlap between her character and her real self, and that chopped hairdo that left her looking "like a little Indian boy."

"The Mindy Project" airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on FOX.