The Mindy Project star spoke with Willie Geist for a Sunday Today interview — which will air on Sunday, Sept. 10 — and in the preview, she reveals just how thrilled she is to become a mother for the first time.
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“It’s so unknown to me,” Kaling said. “I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I’m like, ‘OK, it’s out of my hands,’ which is kind of a fun feeling.”
Geist asked Kaling what kind of parent she expected to be — and Kaling answered in her trademark comic fashion.
“It’s so easy to criticize parenting until you’re a parent,” she said, “so one of the nice things about becoming a parent is that I’ll be able to openly criticize other parenting because I will have a child.”
Kaling told Geist that her late mother (Swati Roysircar) couldn’t have been a better role model for her.
“My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did,” Kaling said. “My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. And if I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I’d be so happy.”
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The question, of course, on everyone’s mind is: Who is the father of her baby? Kaling has declined to share this info — which means for now, at least half of all Twitter traffic will continue to be, “Who’s the daddy, Mindy?” memes. (OK, we can work with that. We are suckers for a good meme.)
The Office alum did say this: “I’m not cavalier about who I would have a kid with. But the thing I ask every parent that I really admire, the one comment they all have is that they wish they had kids earlier.”