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Mindy Kaling is "really excited" about her new project — motherhood! The Mindy Project star opened up about her pregnancy for the first time during a sit-down interview with Sunday Today's Willie Geist, which will air on Sunday, September 10. Discussing becoming a mom, the actress shared, "It's so unknown to me. 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."

The 38-year-old, who has not publicly revealed her baby's paternity, also joked, "As you know, it's so easy to criticize parenting until you're a parent, so one of the nice things about becoming a parent is that I'll be able to openly criticize other parenting, because I will have a child."

The Mindy Project actress broke her silence on her pregnancy Photo:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

As for her parenting style, Mindy said she will be looking to her own late mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, for inspiration. "My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us. Just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did," she said. "My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. And if I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I'd be so happy."

Mindy surprised fans last month when it was confirmed that she is expecting her first baby. Not much is known about her impending arrival, but Mindy has spoken openly in the past about her desire 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. "I'm going to not actively plan, but if it happens, it would happen." She continued, "I'm not cavalier about who I would have a kid with. But the thing I ask every parent that I really admire, the one comment they all have is that they wish they had kids earlier."

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