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Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling Talk “Late Night”

In the upcoming Amazon Studios comedy Late Night, Emma Thompson plays a first-ever, longest-running female host of a late night talk show, Katherine Newbury. After years of success, with ratings sagging, she was put on notice by the network that she may lose her show. Taking a harsh look at her career (and her writers room) Katherine decides to hire a woman writer who can help her reshape the show. Molly Patel, a chemical plant worker played by Mindy Kaling (who also wrote the film) gets impulsively hired as the first female writer on the show. The film follows two women’s self-discovery journey in the television business dominated by men. The HFPA’s Barbara Gasser and Barbara De Oliveira Pinto talked to Kaling and Thompson in London.