Mindy Kaling has been very private about life as a mom of two, but “The Office” star recently opened up about her children’s names.
Kaling recently opened up to People about her children – Katherine Swati, 3, adn Spencer Avu, 3 months – and how their names were inspired in part by Hollywood.
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Kaling shared that her children’s name were chosen in honor of the “incredible” Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
“I don’t trust my own judgment with those kinds of names,” “The Mindy Project” star said. “If I name my son River, that connotes a certain kind of person who is very go with the flow, artsy. But what if he’s not like that at all? Will he be furious with me?”
“I just tried to pick classic names that felt like they would have to work really hard to get mad at me about later,” she joked.
Kaling also admitted that having two children has changed her outlook on health and wellness.
Before I had kids, I wouldn’t even say I was someone who really thought about wellness,” she told People. “And then when I was pregnant during COVID, I was like, ‘Oh, this is something that I really need to care about a lot.’ Now that I’m responsible for two other people, I really had to change my attitude.”
The “Never Have I Ever” creator shared that she’s trying to set an example for her children on how to live healthily.
“What I’ve learned is you have to involve your kids and they have to see you do that kind of stuff, otherwise they won’t start doing it,” she said.
“I didn’t start exercising until I was like 24 years old because I never saw my mom or my dad do it,” Kaling admitted. “It’s setting an example for them, forcing myself to drink a lot of water and eat salads so that it normalizes them, because that wasn’t something that was a part of my childhood at all.”
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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