Shock: Mindy Kaling is pregnant and it’s apparently an ‘unexpected surprise’

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Over the weekend, I was totally creeping on Mindy Kaling’s new Hancock Park home (in LA). Mindy spent months decorating and renovating the property, and you can tell that she really considers it her “grown up” home – go here to see the AD editorial. As I was looking through those photos, I noted (to myself) how many white pieces of furniture she owned, and how the house definitely didn’t seem decorated with an eye towards being “family friendly” (or even pet-friendly) in the future. I accepted that at face value, meaning that I thought Mindy-at-38 had figured out that her life plan probably didn’t involve kids and she was fine with it, and thus, I was fine with it too. Not everybody needs or wants babies. Except…guess what? Mindy Kaling is pregnant. And she’s not talking about the baby daddy.

Mindy Kaling is taking on the role of a lifetime! Multiple sources tell E! News that the A Wrinkle in Time actress is currently pregnant with her first child. An insider explained that the future arrival for the 38-year-old actress was “an unexpected surprise” but that there will not be any changes made to production schedules for her upcoming projects.

While little else is known at present time about Mindy’s little one, years back she openly expressed wanting to have children.

“I think I’ve decided that unlike everything else in my life, I’m going to be fast and loose about kids,” she told Yahoo! Style in a sit-down interview. “I’m going to not actively plan, but if it happens, it would happen.” She also admitted that she would love to have children, at the time, “maybe imminently.”

[From E! News]

Congratulations to her and I hope she still has her decorator on retainer because chica is going to need to get some washable covers for all of those white sofas. I’m OBSESSED with knowing the identity of the baby-daddy. If it’s BJ Novak, I will scream. When I was looking for the most recent pap photos of Mindy, I came across some pics at WENN from May of this year (below). Wouldn’t you know, she went out for sushi with BJ Novak. The timing lines up!! GAH. After all of those years of “will they get back together” with BJ, is it possible that she just went and got knocked up by him? This is totally a rom-com plot, because of course it is. Mindy loves rom-coms. She wants her life to be a rom-com. And so that’s what she’s gotten. A mix of Knocked Up with Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Mindy Kaling Out On A Sushi Date At Matsuhisa Restaurant.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Shambles says:


    • CTgirl says:

      The headline here isn’t that she’s pregnant and that BJ Novak is furiously counting backwards. The headline is what the hell did she do to her face?! Mindy Kaling doesn’t even resemble Mindy Paling anymore. It’s very disturbing.

  2. Nicole says:

    Everyone wants it to be BJ or Cory Booker lol
    Congrats to Mindy I hope it’s a smooth pregnancy.
    (I hope there’s a post about Alba next)

    • detritus says:

      I’d WAY rather it be Booker. She has such a damaged relationship with Novak.

      • Nicole says:

        It is damaged and I think it’s because she never got over the idea that they should be together. They tried and she was more into him than he was into her (this is my fuzzy memory of these two). I’ve always hoped she would move on because as a friendship pair I think they work. But you cannot force feelings.
        I kinda hope she did this herself but from the wording she didn’t.

      • INeedANap says:

        I always thought BJ was just using her to prop up his own ego. Her whole obsession with him and his I’ll-hang-out-with-you-but-not-date-you thing just seemed so unhealthy. I hope it’s anyone else.

      • Nyawira says:

        Her relationship with BJ seems unhealthy to me too. People in their thirties shouldn’t be trapped in this sad waiting game.

        That said, there’s no way it’s Corey Booker. I’ll go a step further and wager that it’s not any man of color. That’s just who our Mindy is. Look to the white dudes around her.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I really don’t think it is BJ.

    • HH says:

      I don’t care who. I’m just inspired. Being 31 without kids, in no serious relationship (and no one on the horizon), I’m getting increasingly nervous.

      • Dem says:

        Lol, 31 is hardly an age to be getting nervous about that. Really. Just visit your gynae every year and try to enjoy your child free years.

      • TQB says:

        Hey. Don’t be. My best friend felt like you at 31, met an amazing guy at 38 and just had two gorgeous twin babies at 39. I’m pregnant and I’m 42 (second one tho, so it’s a little less scary). If you’re really worried, freeze your eggs. Don’t let the clock push you into bad relationship decisions!

      • Luca76 says:

        Well my best friend just got pregnant their first go at it the natural way and wait for it she’s turning 40 next month. Miracles can happen baby.

      • Tan says:

        Same boat here.

        I am thinking of saving money to freeze my eggs in the next yr or so.

        I almost jumped into another bad relationship with all the social and internal pressure to conform. Thankfully called it quits before it went too far.

      • HH says:

        Thanks for all the words of encouragement, everyone. I will look into freeing my eggs, but it feels like so much money that I could also put towards student loans lololol. But thankfully I’m in a good enough mental space to not compromise. I rather be happy single than sad together.

      • BatMa'am says:

        I will trade places with you in a heartbeat! I got married at 31 to a man I had serious doubts about, baby at 33, and now at 40 going through a wretched 3-year divorce as a stay-at-home mom. And I didn’t even want kids when I got married! I love love love my child (hence the custody battle) but I’m starting over at 40 with a young child to boot. My point: Take your time and find the right guy. Be picky, especially about shared values and child-rearing. Don’t think that you can change him in ANYWAY. Remember, WYSIWYG. And I do think 30 is the new 21 when it comes to having babies, so you’re fine ;-)

      • Esc87 says:

        Check out Adam Ruins Everything on pregnancy/fertility. You have lots of time left as the “after 35″ thing is largely overblown. Money to student loans is probably a better idea than freezing!

      • M4lificent says:

        I got pregnant by a donor at 38. My life isn’t worry-free, but it is fulfilled. I found after I got pregnant that being in an adult relationship wasn’t important to me anymore. Maybe it will be again someday, but for now I’m so busy with my son and the rest of my life that a man is not even on my priority list.

        You can have a happy life with a “Plan B” option — you just need to figure out what your personal Plan B is.

      • Allie B. says:

        Don’t worry about it, at all. I am 33 and just conceived after “trying” for two cycles. I am not an overly fertile person because the first time I ever got pregnant was 28, having not been on BC for years. You have time, miss! And good luck in the future. The best thing about waiting is that you won’t pick the douche you may have fallen for at 25.

      • nnire says:

        i have always wanted kids, but not necessarily a partner (i’m a divorce lawyer, so….). i started trying for a baby when i was 33, and am about to turn 36 and am still trying. i have no discernible fertility issues, which is mega frustrating.

        i am happy that so many people are able to easily get pregnant when they want to, but i wish i had known that at least 1/10 folks/couples have issues conceiving, and it’s a lot easier to conceive if you’re younger. my recommendation is to talk to a fertility specialist and do some initial fertility testing just to ensure that there isn’t an issue now that might make it harder to conceive when you’re older. knowing your options is very empowering.

        good luck :) there are lots of people that choose to raise a baby alone for many reasons, and lots of online support as well.

      • Lalu says:

        I was going to say what Nnire said… Fertility problems are a real thing. Sure, lots of people get pregnant, even without really trying, but there are a lot of women struggling with this. And fertility declines with age… That is just a fact. Doesn’t mean everyone will have problems… But it doesn’t change reality.
        That being said, what everyone is saying about not jumping into something with a jerk is also very true. It’s worth it to wait or go it alone maybe even. When you have kids with someone, a divorce isn’t enough to get rid of that person… They are still there.

      • kibbles says:

        Being 31 is young and no cause for concern, although I know how it feels for some women who hit 30 and think the clock is ticking down to 35 at which point the media, your parents, and everyone around you is telling you that is the deadline you have to meet if you want a child.

        Actively start putting yourself out there to attract the RIGHT guy, not just any guy. It might take a few years, but give yourself a head start so that you can find someone you can decide to have a child with before 40. Life doesn’t end at 35. At this day in age, it is only the beginning. Congratulate yourself for not settling in your 20s for just any guy you’d be divorced to by your 40s. I have encountered more women than ever before having children in their mid-to-late 30s and even early 40s. Maintain your health, see your doctor for any issues concerning fertility, and take it easy. Don’t feel pressured at 31 to make some life changing mistakes that you’ll regret later.

  3. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Tat AD spread of her house was amazing! At least she’ll always have the pictures to remember it.

  4. Cannibell says:

    Mazal Tov to Mindy. She’s seems to be one of the hardest-working and most put-together people in her industry. Hope all goes well with her pregnancy and birth – that kid just won the mom lottery.

  5. Naddie says:

    I read “Minka Kelly” but it wasn’t her face, so my brain bugged for a while. Hope her pregnancy goes just fine.

  6. Ellie says:

    Their real life relatiinship seems almost as messed up as Kelly and Ryan’s, and I don’t know if I would wish that on a child.

  7. Tanguerita says:

    I am obsessed with her house now – and you are right, girl will need all the covers she can get. Congrats to her!

  8. Talie says:

    This is like the PG-13 version of the January Jones story.

  9. OriginallyBlue says:

    Even without kids, I don’t understand white furnishings. It’s just tempting fate. My old boss and her husband have 2 small kids and renovated their house. Almost everything in the living space and kitchen is white, beige, light grey and I don’t get it.

  10. Alix says:

    Aren’t all surprises unexpected?

    If it’s Novak, I too will scream!

  11. Jegede says:

    I dunno why but I really doubt it’s Novak. And NO WAY is it Cory Booker.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    Wow, that’s a surprise! Congrats to her.

    Her house is lovely. The decor is a bit much for my taste, but I like a lot of the pieces and colors. I think it actually looks comfortable and ok for a kid.

  13. JA says:

    I just don’t get how someone with money, a high powered career and in such a public eye position could “accidentally” get pregnant??? I understand birth control isn’t 100% but dayuuuum you know?! Congrats to her but it seems more like if it happens it happens, then BIG surprise! She has the money and means to be a single mom but let’s call it like it is. I’m just more wondering who the baby daddy is and if he is 100%cool and on board with this.

    • TQB says:

      50% of pregnancies in the US are unplanned. Wacky stat but true.

    • Radley says:

      My thoughts as well. It can’t be a surprise if you’re not taking precautions and that interview quote makes it sound like she wasn’t.

      Do grown men still fall for the whoops excuse from their partners? I would guesstimate genuine whoops are maybe 10%. The rest are just not taking precautions. Most sexually active people know the potential consequences.

      But congrats. I do think she’ll be a good mom.

      • A says:

        Um even if you are using it perfectly, the only birth control that’s 100% is no sex at all…. condom and the pill fail even for smart people.

      • Kitten says:

        Eh. I can tell you from personal experience that at 38, even with failed condoms and missed pills (happened to me several times) it is still really difficult to get pregnant. I know everyone has a different level of fertility, but let’s not make it seem like she’s an 18-year-old.

        And @ JA- I don’t get it either. Happy for her if she’s happy but hope that the father is on-board and committed to being present in the baby’s life.

      • TQB says:

        @Kitten that is different for everyone. My 39 year old friend got pregnant with twins while on the pill (yes she took it regularly, no antibiotics, nada). Hubs and I did it once (seriously!) and I got pregnant – at 42. But another friend had to do IVF to have a second baby at 36. She’s not 18 but 38 for some women is very different than 38 for others.

      • LaBlah says:

        Sorry but it happens & happens more often than you think. I have never wanted kids so have been very insistent on birth control. I was 41 and pretty smugly thought the same as many here do ‘you can’t get accidentally pregnant if using protection’ when I assumed I was going through early menopause. Nope not menopause at all. Most of my friends had had unexpected or unwanted pregnancies by the time we were 30 so I just figured they’d been careless. I was wrong. You live long enough and you find you’re wrong about a lot of things.

      • Kitten says:

        @TQB-I acknowledged that with my comment: “I know everyone has a different level of fertility”.

      • Andrea says:

        My friend used no protection with new boyfriend at 36 thinking at her age (and after a partner of 8 years who did the pull and pray method and no baby), that she had fertility issues. She was pregnant within 2 months of “trying”. Sadly, the man is a in and out of jail variety.

      • Anna says:

        One thing to note, too, is that when women are in peri-menopause, estrogen levels surge and we can become super-fertile. That may account for many of the “oops! how did this happen, I’m in my early 40s” pregnancies.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Just because she said it’s “unexpected” doesn’t mean it is, right? What she tells the public may not be the story at all. Maybe she’s really wanted kids and knew the clock was ticking at 38 so went ahead. She may not want to share her private thoughts.

  14. Tan says:

    Congratulations to Mindy

    The unexpected surprises are the best surprises of the world.

    Need to add this here : how come no one here talks about her botched up lip job?
    She looks like joker

    And she had one of the loveliest faces before

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Congratulations, Mindy! I hope her brother doesn’t know who the father is. That jerk will definitely tell.

    • margie says:

      I love Mindy, love her books, love TMP, loved Subtle Sexuality. I hated, HATED, her house. I thought it looked tacky and like a doctor’s office in some parts. Like, some of the furniture and chairs were hideous. Some of the walls didn’t go with the furniture. Some of the lampshades and curtains looked straight out of Steel Magnolias, in a bad way. I thought I must have missed something, the way people are fawning over the house. I think it is a refreshing change from the white on white on beige on gray on colorful accents (navy) color schemes in most houses shown on blogs or in magazines, but I feel like it all doesn’t mesh as well as it should. Some things are off for me.

    • Ange says:

      I liked some of it but it was a shame she insisted on keeping and using all that dark furniture, it dragged the whole look down – especially that dining room.

  16. lizzie says:

    i gathered from reading her books that she idolized her parents and has always wanted a family. she looks up to shonda rhimes and perhaps mindy is taking a page out of her playbook and making her family on her terms. she’s 38 and the clock’s ticking. no man, no problem. this kid will have a great life. i hope she has a smooth pregnancy.

  17. ab says:

    oh no, I replied to a comment that is now deleted!

    her house is gorgeous but a little wild for me personally. I’m a muted colors type. and it’s none of my business but I’m still super interested in the baby-daddy mystery.

  18. MissAmanda says:

    I really don’t care for the way her house is decorated, but is she pregnant in the video tour of her house or has she had work done on her face? it seems…puffy? and doesn’t move right…

  19. Katherine says:

    Love her, happy for her, awesome news etc. Also, none of my business but BJ hadn’t treated her well imho, so… Mini Mindy is such a welcome kid though, I’m sure it’s gonna be an excellent human being!

  20. BJ says:

    I hope she used a sperm bank.No baby daddy drama

  21. Char says:

    Am I the only one who read her statement of “if it happens, it happens” like she wasn’t neccissarily taking birth control seriously? I like Mindy, so congratulations to her. I think everyone thinks it’s BJ’s, but if it is, I’m wondering how he feels about it. Maybe they both just decided, at their ages, they would make it work (having a baby, not their relationship).

    • Eva says:

      Could also mean she wasn’t going to stress about it or set a date, “I need to have a baby by 35″ etc.

      I love Mindy and think this is great news. Congrats!

      Who cares whether it was planned or an accident? She has said she wants a family and has the means to look after kids.

      • Char says:

        I don’t care if it was planned or not, I just thought that statement was worded oddly, but what you suggested (not feeling pressured to have a baby by a certain age, etc) makes sense too. I was probably reading it a little cynically because I know someone who likes to say all her babies were “accidents” which just means she stopped taking her birth control. 🙄 I’m happy for Mindy, but she’s definitely going to get a lot of “whose the baby daddy” attention since apparently everyone wants it to be BJ’s!

  22. Adele Dazeem says:

    Am I the only one that thinks she’s going to be the highest maintenance pregnant woman on the planet?? She even said in the interview she was scared of sleeping on the second level of her house at first because of tv shows she’d watched. Pregnancy and parenthood–much less single parenthood–isn’t for wimps. Maybe this will mature her and make her a little less grating.

  23. JenB says:

    I just recently read both her books and enjoyed them very much. Definitely got the impression that she wanted kids (and marriage too) and I’m so happy to learn about her pregnancy! I hope she writes a book about her motherhood experiences as well.

  24. me says:

    Life imitating art ! Her character on her show had a “surprise baby” didn’t she?

  25. me says:

    Her white furniture might be stain resistant. Adults make messes too !

  26. Elizabeth M. says:

    The whole situation (Congrats Mindy!) mirrors her new tv series, Champions, which she is producing. God it is both hilarious and terrifying how arts imitates life at times.

  27. frankly says:

    Unlike JJ’s baby, if Mindy has BJ Novak’s baby I think we’ll all be able to spot that gene combo from a mile away.
    (Confession: I’m the worst online looker of celebrity baby and kid pictures – I love picking apart what they got from each parent. Of course, I also do that with all my friends’ kids and strangers at Target and random passers by on the street…)

  28. Sassback says:

    Why do people think her relationship with BJ is unhealthy or that she’s more into him? I feel like people associate them too much with their TV characters. She’s A) way more famous and people are forever dropping her into his bios than hers B) she was in a long term relationship with Ben Nugent while he dated like Cherie from 30 Rock and a bunch of super young Insta models and C) maybe they just stayed good friends and her baby is just some rando dude she’s dating and she knew people would associate it with BJ?

  29. ChasingAdalia says:

    Can we avoid the phrase “recent pap photos” while discussing an OB/GYN situation happening? I had a moment.

  30. Tess says:

    Team BJ Mindy! They seem like friends even if they’re on and off again. I can see them coparenting successfully and probably not even ending up together.

  31. Erica_V says:

    Congrats to Mindy and prob BJ!

    I side eye tf out of “Mindy spent months decorating and renovating” tho. No, she didn’t, her decorator & architect did. I really hate when celebs get credit for the things they hire other people to do.

  32. jetlagged says:

    Most celebs only show off their houses in architecture/decor magazines just before they put the For Sale sign in the front yard, it’s the first step in marketing a high-end property like this one. Keep your eye on the MLS listings, I bet it shows up soon, if it hasn’t already.

    Or maybe the interior designer accepted a highly discounted fee in exchange for some free publicity. Having a celeb’s name attached to a house gets magazines interested in stories they wouldn’t normally cover.

  33. magnoliarose says:

    There are a few things I like about her house but overall I don’t find it attractive. I don’t like the 80s color scheme aspects and the boutique hotel/ interior decorator feel of it. The grounds are attractive and Hancock park is a nice neighborhood.
    I like eclectic decor and rooms that take shape over time and reflect the owner’s personality so this isn’t my taste. My mother eyes see accidents and unsafe seating everywhere.

  34. DahliaDee says:

    Yowza, her place looks like it was decorated by someone who honed their “talent” by playing “Decorate Home” on their phone for about 5 minutes.

  35. LaraK says:

    Loathe that house! The blue carpet? Bathroom wallpaper? Weird one-off antique furniture in throw-uppy colors? Hard pass.
    Good for her for the baby though. Congrats!

  36. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Throw-uppy colors work best with babies.

  37. Kitten says:

    I really like some aspects of the house but the parts that you hate I also loathe, particularly the “Weird one-off antique furniture in throw-uppy colors”.

  38. TQB says:

    THIS. And dirt colors work best with small children.