Mindy Kaling.
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Weeks after news of her reported pregnancy broke, actress Mindy Kaling has finally confirmed that she's expecting. In a clip released Tuesday from an upcoming Today interview, Kaling opened up about being "really excited" for parenthood. "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," said The Mindy Project creator and star.

Prior to the interview clip, only unnamed sources and Oprah had confirmed Kaling's pregnancy. Kaling has not yet revealed who the father is.

She was, however, characteristically candid about the perks of parenthood. "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'll have a child," Kaling joked.

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In a more emotional moment, Kaling hoped that her child would be as open-minded as her mother, who died in 2012 of pancreatic cancer. "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. My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that," Kaling said. "If I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I'd be so happy."

Kaling's full interview will air Sept. 10, just two days before The Mindy Project's final season debuts. Catch the clip from her interview below. Becca Stanek

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