5 Questions With ‘Mindy Project’ Star Ike Barinholtz: Emmy Contender Quickie

Barinholtz jokes he’s not worthy of a nomination: “I’m a bad actor”

Ike Barinholtz is seeing a whirlwind of success as you’re seeing more of Ike Barinholtz.

The “Mindy Project” writer and now breakout actor recently appeared in strong summer comedy “Neighbors,” opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and is currently filming “The Nest” with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya RudolphTheWrap caught up with Barinholtz for a quick exchange as Friday’s Emmy nomination deadline loomed.

The comedic actor told us that frontrunners “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective” are two dramas that would have his vote. He also took a moment to talk about unexpected sexual tension on the “Mindy” set. Coincidentally, Kaling will be announcing the Emmy nominees with Carson Daly on July 10.

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What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
Make it through one take without breaking. (I am a bad actor.)

What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
I enjoyed the episode where I am trying to seduce Mindy. I know she wants me sexually, but she was pretending that she wasn’t into it — something about me being inappropriate in the workplace.

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You’re an Emmy voter. You can’t vote for yourself or your show. Who’s at the top of your ballot?
I’d be hard pressed not to vote for Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad.” Also, “True Detective” was good — never heard of either of those actors, but they killed it.

If you get nominated, what will you pick as your Emmy episode?
There is an episode where we take a mobile medical unit into a bad neighborhood and an 85-year-old woman beats me up.

What is the last TV series you binge watched?
I very much enjoyed “Fargo.” There are like 15 awesome actors on that show.