Mindy Kaling's favorite place to shoe shop is so affordable

Mindy Kaling has been a staple on our television screens ever since she joined "The Office" as Kelly Kapoor in 2008. Since then the 39-year-old actor, writer and producer has gone to work on projects like "The Mindy Project," "Inside Out" and this summer's comedy "Late Night." She also has been one of our favorite celebrities thanks to her candid and relatable nature -- and that side of her even carries into her wardrobe.

AOL's Julia Webb sat down with Kaling live in New York to hear more about her partnership with DSW and her upcoming projects. Read their full conversation below.

AOL: I shop at DSW probably a little too much, so I'm so excited to hear that you're a fan. Can you tell me how your partnership with the brand came to be?

Kaling: I've been shopping at DSW since I was 12 years old and I would go with my mom on the weekends. We weren’t these LA, New York mom-daughter things where you go to spin class or whatever together, we didn't do that -- we would go to Macy's and DSW and I just loved it.

We would bond over shopping, she loved fashion and clothing as much as I did, and what I loved especially about shopping [at DSW] was you didn’t have to ask someone there for your size, you could just grab your shoes and try them on quickly. And also when I remember going to college being like "ohh great, I can buy flip flops for going to the showers, but also cute shoes if I ever need to go out" and the price point was good. So it was a nice place to go with your family and you didn’t just buy one pair of shoes, you bought like three or four which was fun.

It's definitely hard to walk out with only one pair. Do you have a favorite summer shoe trend?

I love that very short window of time when you can wear platform espadrilles. I love an espadrille. I think they are so cute and I hate when its Labor Day and I’m like "oh I have to retire these for the year!" I just love the way they look. 

You mentioned that DSW has incredible price points, which is definitely a major reason that they are so loved. But is there anything in your closet that you can't help but splurge on or treat yourself to? 

Way more than one! I mean I love — and this is an insane thing to be into, because it's a growing obsolete thing -- but I love an expensive watch. I have a Cartier watch that I bought myself, the Ballon Bleu, I got it I think when our show ["The Mindy Project"] was picked up at Hulu or something, and I was like I’m just gonna buy it for myself and it's my favorite thing.

I feel like watches are great because they can help to mark a milestone.

Exactly. People buy watches when it's either a "congratulations" or they’ve had a big professional success, so it just makes me feel good whenever I wear it.

And speaking of professional success, I am so excited to see your new movie "Late Night" this summer where you are acting as a writer, producer and actor on the movie. What's it like to wear all of those different hats on the same project?

Well since "The Office," I was writing, acting and producing so I’m used to doing that. If I had not done [all three and] been an actress then all of a sudden had to do it, I would’ve been overwhelmed. But to be honest, it's more strange when I do a movie like "Oceans 8" or "A Wrinkle in Time" where I’m not the writer or producer and my contribution is to show up and get in hair and makeup and act. So for me I feel really comfortable wearing all those hats and I think that’s my ideal working experience -- to do all three.

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Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Actress Mindy Kaling attends NBC and Universal's 2009 TCA press tour all-star party at The Langham Resort on August 5, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Mindy Kaling attends GQ 2010 'Men Of The Year' Party at Chateau Marmont Hotel on November 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Television And FX Celebrates Their 2012 Emmy Nominees at Soleto on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Mindy Kaling attends the 1st Annual Baby2Baby Gala Presented By Harry Winston at Book Bindery on November 3, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Hollywood Reporter's 21st annual Women In Entertainment breakfast at The Beverly Hills Hotel on December 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling attends The Young Storytellers Foundation's 10th Annual 'Biggest Show' at Moss Theatre at New Roads School on October 12, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 22nd Annual PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
THE MINDY PROJECT: Mindy Kaling in the 'Christmas Party Sex Trap' episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress/ Writer Mindy Kaling attends Glamour's Cindi Leive Toasts Mindy Kaling And Her Book 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)' on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Mindy Kaling attends the Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on November 20, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Mindy Kaling attends the Pressed Juicery West Hollywood Opening Celebration at The Pressed Juicery on December 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling attends 'The Mindy Project' 4th season premiere at Ysabel on September 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling and Hulu Head of Content Craig Erwich attend Hulu's 'The Mindy Project' Season Four premiere at Ysabel on September 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Hulu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Mindy Kaling is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on September 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress and Executive Producer Mindy Kaling attends the Hulu 2015 Summer TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Mindy Kaling and Gretchen Carlson are the guests today, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Mindy Kaling arrives for the premiere of Disney-Pixar's 'Inside Out' at the El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Mindy Kaling speaks about her book: 'Why Not Me' at the BookCon 2015 at Javits Center on May 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Author Mindy Kaling signs copies of her newest book during BookExpo America held at the Javits Center on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: US actress Amy Poehler (C) US actress Mindy Kaling (L) and US actress Phyllis Smith (R) pose during the photocall for the film 'Inside Out' at the 68th international film festival in Cannes, France on May 18, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 462 -- Pictured: Actress Mindy Kaling during an interview on December 14, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress/writer Mindy Kaling arrives at the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) *** Local caption *** Mindy Kaling
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Mindy Kaling is seen on set of Ocean 8' on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: Actor Mindy Kaling speaks onstage during Summer TCA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Hulu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Mindy Kaling attends 'The Mindy Project' costume conversation event held at The Beverly Center on June 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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That must be so cool to get to be a part of every aspect of a project.

And if it does well you sort of feel so much more responsible for the success than if you didn't have all those different roles.

I'm a major fan of Emma Thompson, your co-star in "Late Night." Do you have a favorite memory with her or with the cast while you were on set?

I think the thing with Emma, and this isn’t a specific memory, but this is something that was really delightful: she is in her 50s and she has this energy where she’s completely open. I think a lot of new actresses, when they’re young, they don’t want to offend anyone, so when they’re just talking, they go in very guarded. And there was a looseness to the way Emma would talk about her life and her opinions, which was so refreshing, like she really — while also being a very kind person — she did not censor herself, which I thought was fun.

I love that. I think it's so important to be bold in your choices and actions, and I feel like right now we're experiencing such a movement for women to be strong and to speak up, especially in the entertainment industry.

And she was supposed to do a movie at this animation company and she wrote a letter saying why she couldn’t do it anymore because of who they selected as the new head of the company, and I just think it's great that she can just speak her truth.

That's incredible. I'm so excited to hear that you're working on a new coming-of-age comedy with Netflix.

I'm really excited about that too, we're casting it right now!

I saw your casting call tweet! I can't wait to see which new faces come out of that massive casting.

Oh my god, it's been thrilling because there are so many Indian people in the show, and what’s been both a challenge and uniquely satisfying is that we are delving into this really untapped group of talent. So we're finding girls from Toronto, from South Africa, from India, from London, from Florida, like everywhere that are auditioning for these three roles -- I mean there are 15,000 people who responded to it.

That's a pretty heavy lift for you guys!

I thought that there would be for each role like okay a thousand, but the amount of people who responded has been huge, so the casting directors have just been sifting through auditions -- it's been really, really exciting.

And I hear it's autobiographical, right?

So because it's about an Indian teenager, I think the natural total assumption is that it's about my life, but it's about a girl living now, it's a modern show, it's not a period piece about my life. But there are obviously observations pulled from my own childhood in her life. I think I’m not allowed to talk about it too much, but it's a pretty unusual story and it's a story about really her relationship with her mother and her friends at school so I’m excited for people to see it.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling attends Premiere Of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' - Arrivals on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' held at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Mindy Kaling (L) and B. J. Novak at the world premiere of Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood CA, March 26, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling attend the premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Mindy Kaling participates in the press conference for Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' in Hollywood, CA on March 25, 2018 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, actresses Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid and Reese Witherspoon visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California.� The stars of Disneys upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' gathered together in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park.� 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018.�(Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo byTodd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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