Mindy Kaling and her obvious baby bump delighted reporters with an appearance at the Television Critics Association panel for The Mindy Project at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday.
Though she didn’t refer to her obviously pregnant state — and Lord knows, it doesn’t seem like we’re going to hear a peep out of her regarding the identity of the father — storylines in her show seem to be shifting to reflect Kaling’s real-life changes.
After five seasons, Kaling’s character’s marriage will come apart at the seams as motherhood takes center stage.
“I think she’s going to learn a little bit more about how to be a good, involved parent. We have a really funny episode where [Modern Family‘s] Julie Bowen plays a rival mother who thinks that Mindy’s not doing that great of a job,” Matt Warburton, The Mindy Project‘s executive producer, said on the panel.
“The episode is a little bit about mom-shaming, and that’s cool. It was really fun and hit a lot of those juicy ripped-from-the-blogger-headline storylines,” Kaling chimed in.
The Mindy Project is entering its final season on Hulu.
Will Kaling ever address her pregnancy publicly? That remains to be seen, but the actor-writer-producer did recently move to a larger LA house with a big happy family-ish backyard. We’re wondering if there will be a dad on the premises… and more babies in the works?
Those behind the scenes have long lauded Kaling for her natural maternal instincts.
“Mindy is really motherly to the people she loves and cares about. She takes care of them,” a source told People. “Being a mom is something she’s always talked about, but never spoke of a set plan or anything in terms of a timeline of when she wanted it to happen.”
In 2015, Kaling told People she felt happiest when she could “sleep for eight or nine hours after having, like, two Moscow mules.”
But then she re-answered the question differently: “I don’t have children,” she said. “Maybe looking into your child’s eyes is a better answer.”
The final season of The Mindy Project premieres on Hulu on Sept. 12. We’re going to be watching for sure… and scouring each episode for baby clues.