Mindy Kaling rarely speaks publicly about her 18-month-old daughter, Katherine, who she had with an unknown man whose identity she has never revealed.
But in a new interview, the acting and screen-writing powerhouse has opened about being a solo parent, and confirmed that the father is not in her daughter’s life.
“I feel so lucky to give her a comfortable life,” The Mindy Project star said of her daughter.
“Obviously my preference would be that she not go into my career choice, because of how hard it is. You need to harden yourself to get through it. I would love it if her interests lie somewhere else.”
“But the difference is I had my mom and my dad. She just has me,” she explained.
“I know at some point I will have to do less, because it’s not like there’s a dad at home picking up some of the slack … I know that when she gets a little bit older, I want to be able to take off more time to spend with her.”
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Kaling, 39, alluded to her pregnancy being unplanned, and said it’s something she’s deeply grateful for.
“I always knew I wanted to be a mum, but I would have put it off and put it off,” she said.
“I’m happy that it happened when it did. I would have put it off indefinitely,” she continued.
“For me, my relationship with my mother was such an integral part of my life. Thinking back on our relationship is still such a huge source of my happiness day to day, so I’m so grateful for having Katherine.”
The funnywoman next stars opposite Emma Thompson in Late Night, a comedy-drama about a talk show host and a TV writer, out in Australia on July 25.