Mindy Kaling Welcomes Her First Child

Mindy Kaling welcomed her first baby, a daughter named Katherine Kaling on Dec. 15, according to E!.

The 38-year-old actress confirmed her pregnancy back in August, saying on NBC’s Today show that she is “really excited “ to be a mom. “I’d like to be the fun mom, I know I’m gonna be the dorky mom,” she said. “So if I can be kind of fun too, I think that would be nice.”

Kaling has been quiet about the identity of her baby’s father. She is not publicly involved with anyone romantically. “My professional life is the only thing that I feel I have a lot of control over—romantic stuff is a little bit more mysterious,” Kaling told American Way magazine, published in September.

That same month, her Mindy Project co-stars revealed the gender of her child. She confirmed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October that she was expecting a baby girl. “I’m not waiting. I was – I wanted to know way early. I’m having a girl,” she told Ellen.


According to Daily Mail, Kaling’s inspiration for parenting style would be her mother.

“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 shared.

“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.”

Kaling’s career skyrocketed after starring as the lively Kelly Kapoor in the comedy sitcom The Office from 2005 to 2013. Recently, she starred as OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri in her own series, The Mindy Project, which aired it’s finale after its sixth and final season earlier this year.