Mindy Kaling breaks silence on pregnancy: 'It's out of my hands'

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Chris Mejaski, etalk.ca

Mindy Kaling is opening up about being pregnant with her first child, telling Today's Willie Geist she can't wait for what's to come. 

"[I'm] really excited, yeah, it's unknown to me," the 38-year-old Mindy Project star says in a clip published online Tuesday. "I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I'm like 'Okay, it's out of my hands.' Which is a fun feeling."

News of Kaling's pregnancy broke in July, just after she appeared at the D23 Expo in Anaheim to promote A Wrinkle In Time with co-stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine.

But this is the first time she's spoken about becoming a mom, confirming the news as she promotes the sixth and final season of her sitcom coming to Hulu. And it appears like most things in life, she's approaching it with her sense of humour in check.

"As you know, 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 says.

She goes on to pinpoint the qualities of her own mom she hopes to embody with her little one on the way.

"My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, but... just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did," she says. "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 openmindedness, I'd be so happy.

Few additional details of Mindy's pregnancy are known, with the news coming to the surprise of even her co-star Oprah on the D23 expo red carpet. 

“That’s when she told me. My mouth dropped,” Oprah said in July. "‘What did you just say?’ she said, ‘Oh, Oprah, I don’t think you know. I’m five months pregnant.’ And I said, ‘WHAAAAT?!’"