Mindy Kaling opened up about what kind of mother she wants to be in the second part of a pre-taped interview with Today’s Willie Geist, which aired on Sunday, September 24.
“It’s so easy to criticize parenting until you’re a parent,” she joked. “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.”
When asked if she will be the “cool mom,” she replied: “Really happy that that’s what I project.”
“Right now, I just feel so anxious,” she continued. “But, I’d like to be the fun mom. I know I’m gonna be the dorky mom. So, if I could be kind of fun, too, I think that would be nice.”
Earlier this month, Us Weekly exclusively revealed that the Office alum is having a girl. She hopes to have a connection with her daughter like she had with her own mom, Swati Roysircar, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.
“My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us. [She] just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did,” Kaling told Geist. “If I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I’d be so happy.”
Kaling’s costars previously opened up about her pregnancy at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview event. “I’m just thrilled out of my mind! I cried like a baby and that it’s a girl … I just think that she’s up to it,” Beth Grant told Us at the time.
Ed Weeks added: “We were so thrilled for her… The show started as a tribute to her mother, who very sadly passed away just as the show is being picked up, and it ends with her having a daughter of her own. It’s a lot a lot. When she reminded us all of that, we all cried in the final table read. I mean Jesus, life! It makes some very interesting and beautiful patterns sometimes.”