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Mindy Kaling mistaken for Malala Yousafzai: See her reaction

Mindy Kaling truly is a prize-worthy talent, but even her biggest fans would probably admit that she's not quite ready for the Nobel Prize. That didn't stop one fan from complimenting her effusively — when he confused her with actual Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.As The New York Times reported in a profile, "a tipsy man in his 80s cornered [Kaling] and showered her with compliments"
Mindy Kaling, Malala Yousafzai
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Mindy Kaling truly is a prize-worthy talent, but even her biggest fans would probably admit that she's not quite ready for the Nobel Prize. That didn't stop one fan from complimenting her effusively — when he confused her with actual Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

As The New York Times reported in a profile, "a tipsy man in his 80s cornered [Kaling] and showered her with compliments" during an afterparty at The New Yorker Festival on Oct. 11.

Who's that girl? Mindy Kaling on the left, Malala Yousafzai on the right, for your future reference.Today

He congratulated Kaling on Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize, bravery and survival following a Taliban attack (all things that are true of the 17-year-old Pakistani-born Yousafzai — but not of 35-year-old Kaling, the Massachusetts native of Indian descent).

"Did he really think I'm Malala?" she asked in the article. "And that if I were, I'd be at the Boom Boom Room?"

Still, if you've got to be mistaken for anybody, that's not a bad confusion to be a part of. "That's the best thing that's happened all night," she chuckled.

"The Mindy Show" creator and star wasn't the only one amused by the error; TODAY's Willie Geist tweeted about it after reading the article:

.@MindyKaling,+belated+congrats+on+your+Nobel+Peace+Prize!+Well+deserved,+my+friend.+Fun+NYT+piece+on+Mindy+explains+http://t.co/LAiUjVmPjI

—+Willie+Geist+(@WillieGeist)+October+25,+2014+

To which Kaling tweeted right back:

@WillieGeist+thanks+Willie.+Is+it+bad+that+my+first+reaction+was+"YES!!!+SHE+IS+17!!!"?

—+Mindy+Kaling+(@mindykaling)+October+25,+2014+

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