Mindy Kaling celebrates the arrival of her first child

Mindy Kaling has welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Katherine last week according to E! News.

While the 38-year-old actor has remained tight-lipped on the identity of the father, back in August she told US Today show interviewer William Geist that she was "very excited" about the pregnancy, but becoming a mother was an area very "unknown" to her. She is currently not publicly linked to anyone romantically.

"I'd like to be the fun mum, I know I'm going to be the dorky mum," she said on the Today show.

"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 kind of a fun feeling."

For Kaling this next life chapter is also intensely personal, with The Mindy Project star reflecting on how she will draw inspiration from her late mother's nurturing nature to navigate motherhood.

"My mum was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did," Kaling said.

The actress confirmed on The Ellen De Generes show in October that she was expecting a girl, because she "wanted to know way early."

However it was her fellow cast member and friend Oprah Winfrey that publicly revealed the pregnancy after Kaling shared the news with her and Reese Witherspoon on the set of Wrinkle in Time.

"At first it was like, 'OK, if anyone was going to announce big news about your private life, Oprah Winfrey is the person,'" she said. "You can't complain that much about it. You also can't be like, 'Hey, Oprah, zip it.' Because she's almost like a religious figure.I actually thought, 'Well, ok, if there's one person I have to tell my daughter about that revealed her existence to the world, Oprah's pretty good."

Her new arrival is not the only news Kaling will be celebrating, with the trailer for her latest movie, the all-female Ocean's Eightalso released this week.

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