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Normally Tight-Lipped Mindy Kaling Opens Up About Her Pregnancy

Mindy Kaling talked about her impending motherhood in a recent interview—including everything from mom shaming to her late mother's influence.

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Mindy Kaling didn't break news of her pregnancy with a clever announcement. She hasn't streamed scenes from a gender reveal party or even shared the identity of her baby's father. But now, the first-time mom-to-be is opening up about what lies ahead for her.

Sunday TODAY has released a preview of an interview with The Mindy Project star. While the full interview will air on September 10, a clip features the multi-hyphenate opening up about her biggest role yet.   



When asked how she's feeling about motherhood, Mindy said she's "really excited"—but she also admitted she's experiencing what so many other future mamas feel. Mindy acknowledged that motherhood is full of unknowns and that stepping into it will force her out of her comfort zone. But not knowing quite what to expect is part of the fun, according to Mindy.

Mindy—who previously shared that her upcoming season of The Mindy Project will tackle the issue of mom-shaming—shared her thoughts on this issue as well. “It’s so easy to criticize parenting until you’re a parent, 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,” she said through laughter.
All jokes aside, we think Mindy will be a fantastic mom, especially since she'll look to the memory of her own mother as an example. Mindy has been vocal about her mother's death affected her, and she shared the one lesson she'll take from her going forward. “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,” she 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.”