Mindy Kaling is the kind of person that everyone would like to have as a best friend. After all, she’s super funny, she’s sweet, she’s charming, and she’s the kind of person who would be there for a friend during their darkest hour (with a bottle of wine and a bag of Trader Joe’s chips, no less). She’s the kind of person that would also share her heart during the good times and the bad; she's someone who always has a friend's back. She’s not only a girl’s girl, but a true definition of a friend.
And even though Mindy Kaling appears as someone who is kind of like an open book, there’s so much that we also don’t know about her.
The Hollywood actress refuses to talk about her love life and she also refuses to show the world her baby daughter, Katherine. While we do know that Mindy is a great girlfriend, what kind of mother is she? That’s what her fans want to know. Luckily, we’ve got a list of 20 things we’ve learned from Mindy Kaling and her parenting so far. Everyone would be surprised to hear that she’s nothing like the other celebrity mothers out there. Check out our list below!
20 She Really Doesn’t Care About What The Blogs Write About Her
Mindy Kaling might look like she’s someone who is very honest about her insecurities, but truth be told that’s just all part of her public persona. Instead, she’s a savvy, smart, and a headstrong businesswoman who knows what she wants out of life. And yes, she really doesn’t care what her critics or the blogs have to say about her and the way she conducts her private life. She knows that it all comes with the territory of being an entertainer in the Hollywood industry. After all, she’s managed to stay relevant after all of these years for a good reason.
19 Being A Celebrity Mom Doesn’t Interest Her
There are a lot of celebrities out there that can’t go a day without posting something about their children or their family life on social media. Mindy Kaling is not one of those people. Being a celebrity mom simply doesn’t interest her. Instead, she wants to be a working mom who will one day be a good role model for her daughter. She’s also a feminist. Mindy told a magazine, “On TV, we don’t see the discomfort that a lot of husbands feel when their wives have really demanding full-time jobs. But in almost every one of my married friends’ relationships, this is the biggest cause of stress.”
18 She Refuses To Put Her Daughter In The Spotlight
Before Mindy Kaling gave birth, she was the type of gal who likes to be everywhere and all over the place. One would assume that she would end up being one of those celebrity moms who loves to show off their kids in front of the cameras and on social media. But that hasn’t been the case at all. That’s because Mindy refuses to put her daughter Katherine in the spotlight. Mindy told a magazine, “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. I think a lot of women respond to that.”
17 She Wants Her Daughter To Grow Up The Same Way She Did
Mindy has said in her biographies that she had a happy childhood in a happy household with her parents. Her mother and father always supported her and did their best to push her to strive for success. Mindy says that if it weren’t for her parents’ insistence, encouragement and support, she wouldn’t be where she is today. And that’s exactly how she plans on parenting little Katherine. She wants her daughter to know that it’s not worth putting in the effort unless you put in 100 percent or more of your energy into it. Katherine can consider herself on lucky tot.
16 Mindy Isn’t As Open And Honest as You’d Think
Mindy has got several different talents but one of them is making it appear as though she’s your good girlfriend who has always lived next door to you. But that’s just another character that she plays. She can talk up a storm without one time mentioning anything too private about her own life. Mindy once said, “I feel like if I had my personality but was an OB/GYN, you would be psyched. You'd be like, 'My chatty, pop-culture-interested but plainspoken, wants-to-talk-about-clothes but serious-minded doctor.' I feel like I would clean up with patients. That's kind of a cocky thing to say.”
15 She Knows Just How Rude Online Trolls Can Be
Another reason why Mindy Kaling refuses to allow the public to see her daughter is because she knows just how mean they can be. Plus, a lot of people think that Mindy is just like the characters that she plays on her primetime show. They assume that she’s the ditzy, man-hungry, fashion obsessed doctor she plays in front of the cameras. But she’s here to tell you that she’s not, friends. Mindy told People Magazine, “I think people forget when you create a show, you’re creating different characters that have different aspects of your personality. I play one of them, so obviously, everyone thinks I identify most with her.”
14 And That’s Why She’s Doing Everything She Can To Protect Her Daughter
Because social media can be both a great place and an absurd outlet that really does bring out the strangest in some people, Mindy will never post any photos of her daughter – anywhere. A lot of other celebrities of Mindy’s caliber have cried about how hard it is to have a normal life in the Hollywood bubble, yet Mindy has managed to show everyone how it’s done and with ease, no less. She’s proven that if you want to raise a family out of the public eye, you can do it. It might take a little creativity, but it’s possible, folks.
13 She’s Rewriting The Rules On Motherhood
Truth be told, Mindy Kaling is re-writing the rules on motherhood. Speaking about her daughter Katherine, Mindy told Shape, “She is a really happy baby. When she was born, she was kind of skinny and anxious. I think she was like, Can this woman take care of me? But during our many breastfeeding sessions, we’ve gotten to know each other, and she’s learned to trust me over time. What’s great for me is that my doctor told me that incessant chatter is good for a baby, and I’ve lived my whole life waiting to have a captive audience. So I spend the days narrating to her. I’m constantly doing voiceover for her, as I did in The Mindy Project. Honestly, I feel like her first words are going to be, ‘Just stop. Please!’”
12 She Doesn’t Pay Any Attention To Her Haters
Mindy Kaling doesn’t pay attention to any of her haters, especially those who have something to say about her appearance. Mindy told Shape Magazine, “Because I like to eat, and I’m not skinny to start with, I knew that if I gained a lot of [lbs] during my pregnancy, things could just fly off the rails in a really bad way. That was something I definitely needed to watch out for. My doctor said that women who gain just 25 to 30 pounds usually have less trouble losing it after the baby is born. So I kept my [..] gain to about 27 pounds. I also worked out whenever I could while I was pregnant. I did a lot of yoga and a lot of walking, and I jogged until I couldn’t jog anymore. I exercised until the morning I gave birth.”
11 She Separates Her Personal Life From Her Professional Life
Mindy has done a great job of separating her personal life from her professional life. You can’t really say that about a lot of other celebrities in the entertainment world. While a lot of people can say a lot of things about Mindy Kaling, one thing is for certain: she’s one smart cookie. She is well aware of the fact that her daughter didn’t choose to be born to a mother who is as famous as she is. Mindy wants to give her daughter Katherine a normal life as much as possible. She might not be able to control how her future will look like, but she’s doing everything she can to make sure her present and her upbringing is a stable one.
10 Mindy Basically Ripped A Page From January Jones’ Book
As many fans have probably already figured out, Mindy basically ripped a page from January Jones’ playbook by refusing to name her daughter’s father. And a lot of her fans have even agreed by adding, “Why would she?” Mindy Kaling has made the choice to raise her baby on her own and is doing it regardless of what others have to say about it. Plus, if she does have the baby daddy involved in her daughters’ life, no one has to know about it. Just like January Jones, this is completely Mindy Kaling’s prerogative. She gets a say on who will be and won’t be in her daughter’s life.
9 The World May Never Know Who The Baby Daddy Is
Mindy Kaling might be a comedienne, but she also likes a good mystery. And that is why the world might never know who her baby daddy is. There has been a lot of speculation that the father of her child is B.J. Novak, although she refuses to confirm the reports. Mindy told Good Housekeeping, “If I was on the outside looking at it, I would think the same thing. But the truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He’s the godfather to my daughter, he comes over like once a week. Sometimes he’ll come over just to hang out with her.”
8 Looks Aren't Everything
While there’s no doubt that Mindy Kaling will do her best to teach her daughter all of life’s most valuable lessons, she also wants her to know that looks aren’t everything. Yes, Mindy Kaling loves fashion. She’s also considered one of the most fashionable women in the entertainment world. But at the same time, she doesn’t try to emphasize her looks or appear picture-perfect everywhere she goes. Mindy knows that what’s inside is what counts the most and that’s what she plans on teaching Katherine. What you have to offer is far more important than what label you are wearing.
7 She Makes Time For Her Daughter, Despite Her Schedule
Mindy Kaling is a very busy woman. If she’s not working on an upcoming book, then she is on the set of one of her shows or a film that she has in the works. And if she’s not in front of the cameras, then she’s at home coming up with new material for the future. The woman just doesn’t stop working! But Mindy says that she likes it that way. Yet, despite her very busy schedule, Mindy always makes time for her daughter Katherine. We don’t know how she does it, but her formula seems to be working quite well for her.
6 Her Family Life Is No One’s Business
While Mindy maintains that her family life is no one’s business, she does admit that her life right now isn’t what she previously thought it would look like. She’s always wanted a more traditional family life, but that just wasn’t in the card for her. Mindy has said (via Brainy Quotes): “I've always assumed that my parents and my in-laws would live with me when I get older and have children. I just assume it will happen and that it's the right way to do things. It's a deeply Indian custom - that you kind of inherit your parents and your spouse's parents and you take care of them eventually.”
5 And Neither is Her Romantic Life
While Mindy Kaling has been very honest about some of the ups and downs of her personal life, there’s always been one person who has remained by her side: B.J. Novak. Yet, Mindy insists that they are just best friends and nothing else. Unfortunately for Mindy, her fans aren’t convinced! “In the When Harry Met Sally version of platonic friends, I too think that’s strange,” she says. “But when you’ve known someone for as long as I’ve known him — the time that we met each other, which was like 24. Now, we’re both almost 40. It’s such a long time that he truly is just a part of my family.”
4 She Wants People To Talk About Her Work And Her Style Instead
Mindy has said that she wants people to talk more about the work she produces than what she is wearing on social media. She wants to be in control of her legacy. Mindy told Variety, “For many years, I thought that hard work was the only way you could succeed, but it’s simply not true. Particularly if you’re a woman of color, you need people to give you opportunities, because otherwise, it won’t happen. Talent is an important part of success, but you also need mentors to find promise in people that don’t necessarily seem like they will fit in.”
3 Mindy Is The Anti-Hollywood Mom
Mindy is the kind of person that you think you know, but really don’t know at all! Even though they’ve been following her and her jobs for years, Mindy has proven herself to be someone far different than what her public persona is. She is the anti-Hollywood mom. She’s more focused on being a successful actress, comedienne, writer and above all, an idol to young girls everywhere. Mindy told Variety, “Almost no one who is funny when they were younger is still funny when they’re old. Success is [strange] because as you get more successful, it leeches away your talent. It makes you rich and it makes you complacent.”
2 She Knows That People Are Curious About Her Personal Affairs
With all of the above said, Mindy knows that people are still very curious about her life and her personal affairs. After all, it comes with the territory of being a very public figure in the entertainment industry. That’s why she gives her fans what they want by posting behind-the-scenes photos on social media. However, she’s very careful about revealing too much or giving away too many details. That’s the mystery behind Mindy Kaling. She will show you everything without revealing too much at all. Talk about multi-talented, right? Actually, we would call it an optical illusion. Her fans only see what they want to see.
1 Are More Children In Her Future?
Are more children in Mindy Kaling’s future? That’s what her fans want to know. So far the funny woman and actress hasn’t said anything about adding to her family. Instead, she’s just focusing on the present and being the best mother she can be for little Katherine. The rest, as many say, will come later. However, that doesn’t mean she’s ruling out adding another little girl or a little boy to her army of Mindy Kaling mini-mes. Watch this space. We have a feeling that there is so much more to come with Mindy Kaling, her job, and her family. She’s only gotten started!
Source: people, us weekly, variety, Hollywood reporter, et online.