Why Mindy Kaling Stays Mum On Her Daughter's Paternity
Mindy Kaling welcomed her daughter Katherine in December 2017, but so far, hasn't revealed who the child's father is.
Although she's not ruling out the idea of speaking openly about it in the future, fans shouldn't hold their breath, because it's not going to happen anytime soon.
“My feeling is that until I speak to my daughter about that, I’m not going to talk to anyone else about it,” Mindy said in an interview with The New York Times.
Mindy told the Times that although there have been a lot of “very funny, and at times very gruesome” moments, she's also not planning to use her experiences as a mother in her work anytime soon.
“I don’t know that I would ever write about it,” she shared, musing: “I do think that a child appreciates you for none of the things that you are proud of.”
“The qualities in my life that I’m really proud of, like being a funny writer or a good dresser or a great boss or a good listener -- I don’t know that my daughter loves me for any of those reasons,” she explained. “To her, my value is something completely different.”
Noting that she didn't feel a particularly strong sense of "maternal instinct" before baby Katherine's arrival, Mindy went on to say that she's been "surprised at how much [she] enjoys being a [mum]".
“I’m very impatient, and having a baby requires an amount of patience that I was worried about,” she explained. “But they don’t tell you that the thing will look so much like you, and do things that are so sweet and adorable, that you’ll naturally not have the same impatience that you would have with a stranger or someone who works for you.”
Mindy also spoke about how motherhood has changed "the kind of work" she's going to be doing in the future.
As "someone who loves work" -- a trait that Mindy said "will never change" -- Mindy explained how becoming a parent has shifted her priorities a little.
"When I did the first season of 'The Mindy Project' at Hulu, they were like, ‘You could do as many episodes in a season as you want.’ And I was like, ‘Can we do the maximum?’" she recalled. “But waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning to do 26 episodes of TV is not something that I’m going to do again."
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