She made a surprise announcement last month that she had given birth to a baby boy named Spencer.
And now Mindy Kaling says it was ‘kind of easy’ to keep her pregnancy secret thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 41-year-old Mindy Project said that quarantining at home helped keep her out of the public eye in an interview with Elle that was published on Tuesday.
One good thing: Mindy Kaling, 41, revealed that it was ‘kind of easy’ to hid her second pregnancy this year, as she was mostly quarantining at home amid the pandemic; seen in February
‘I mean, clearly, I was not going anywhere, like everybody else, so nobody found me out. So that was kind of easy,’ Mindy admitted to the magazine.
Since she was staying home, the writer and comedian was in charge of her social media posts and was able to crop out any evidence of her growing tummy.
‘And then just being at home and taking photos, I’d largely just kind of shot around my pregnancy. Shot myself from the waist up and then also wore baggy things.
‘I never got super huge, so it was a little bit easier,’ she added.
Freedom: Being at home also meant she could shoot around her growing tummy. ‘Shot myself from the waist up and then also wore baggy things,’ she explained; pictured with daughter Katherine, two
Mindy couldn’t help but fawn over her son Spencer in the interview.
‘I mean, he’s still so little,’ she said. ‘I think he’s like seven weeks old, so I haven’t really seen what his personality is going to be like, but I do know that my daughter really likes the fact that he’s a boy. I think she feels a little bit less competitive.’
Following some early hiccups, her two-year-old daughter Katherine, nicknamed Kit, was excited to meet her baby brother.
‘When I told her she was going to have a little brother, she didn’t understand he was going to come out a baby,’ she explained. ‘I think she thought he was going to come out two years old, like her.
‘So, the day before I went to the hospital, she was hiding all of her toys. That was her big thing. We’d be like, ‘Kit, where’s your Elmo?’ And we found it stuffed under the bed because she was hiding it so her brother wouldn’t take it,’ the Office star continued.
‘She was delighted when she found out he was so little and would not be interested in playing with toys for a long, long time. Now she’s really on board with it.’
Misunderstanding: She also shared that Katherine was worried Spencer would steal her toys because she thought he would be a two-year-old like her, not a baby
Chowing down: Later on Tuesday, Mindy shared a humorous Instagram photo in anticipation of a Thanksgiving feast
In addition to staying mum about her pregnancy, Mindy hasn’t publicly disclosed the identity of the father for either Katherine or Spencer.
Explaining her decision during a 2019 talk with the New York Times, Mindy said: ‘My feeling is that, until I speak to my daughter about that, I’m not going to talk to anyone else about it.’
She’s also tried to protect her children’s identities by never posting photos of their faces on social media, and only showing them from behind.
Later on Tuesday, Mindy shared a humorous Instagram photo in anticipation of a Thanksgiving feast.
‘Doing the #matildachallenge Look out, Trunchbull!’ she joked while sharing a photo of herself in a blue shirt with embroidered cherries on it as she was about to dig into a lovely chocolate cake with ribbons of chocolate draped on top.
She was referencing a scene in Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel and the 1996 film adaptation in which the headmistress Miss Trunchbull forces a student to eat her chocolate cake in its entirety after catching him trying to steal a piece.
Yum! In her Instagram Stories she thanked her friend and costar Ike Barinholtz, whose father had dropped off a bowl of corned beef stuffing for her Thanksgiving dinner
Safety first: Though she normally celebrates the holiday with Ike, his wife Erica Hanson and their two children, she wasn’t going to be able to see them this year due to the pandemic
Over in her Instagram Stories she thanked her friend and former costar Ike Barinholtz, whose father had dropped off a delicious-looking bowl of corned beef stuffing for her Thanksgiving dinner.
Though she normally celebrates the holiday with Ike, his wife Erica Hanson and their two children, she wasn’t going to be able to see them this year due to the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged Americans to stay home this holiday season and to only celebrate Thanksgiving (and later holidays) with the immediate household in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Despite the advice, many Americans still plan to travel for the holidays and to have large gatherings with friends and families, which has left epidemiologists and health professionals preparing for an even worse surge later in the year and into early 2021.
Fear of spread: The CDC recommends families take Mindy’s lead and only celebrate the holidays with the immediate household, as traveling to see relatives could lead to massive new spread of the coronavirus; seen in Fe ruary 2019