Mindy Kaling felt like a 'fraud' at first Met Gala

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Mindy Kaling felt "fraudulent" at her very first Met Gala.

During an interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for her Archetypes podcast, The Mindy Project actress discussed her love of fashion, and in particular, bold colour combinations.

But while Mindy is generally confident in her outfit choices, she recalled feeling particularly vulnerable when she stepped out at the annual fashion event in New York in 2012 wearing a custom-made purple Lela Rose gown.

"I did feel like fraudulent the first year I went. You don't know the secret things you're supposed to do, when I went I was staying downtown with a friend," she said. "I didn't know you were supposed to stay uptown near the Met. You're supposed to get in a standing van so your dress didn't wrinkle. I was just in a cab, in my dress, sitting in the backseat of a car, you know, driving for 45 minutes."

Mindy only learned later how celebrities are able to arrive at the event without a single crease in their couture.

"I didn't realise until I got there, 'Oh, this isn't how Cate Blanchett and Rihanna are coming to the Met,'" the 43-year-old continued.

But while Mindy conceded to feeling out of place at the star-studded gala, she insisted that she doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome.

"No, because I was at (TV show) The Office for eight years. If I didn't think I could do this job at this point, I have to be clinically unconfident," she added.

Mindy has since attended the Met Gala on four other occasions.