Fans were thrilled (and a little surprised) by the news that Mindy Kaling is pregnant with her first child. Oprah Winfrey confirmed in July that a little one is on the way for her A Wrinkle in Time costar, and now Kaling herself has opened up about the happy development in her first interview since the world found out that she’s expecting.

Sitting down with Willie Geist for Sunday Today, the 38-year-old actress said that although motherhood is “so unknown” to her, she’s “really excited” for this next step. “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,” she said.

She also shared that her own mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, will be her parenting 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,” Kaling recalled. “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.”

The Mindy Project star also added a little of her signature humor into the interview, joking, “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.”

Kaling’s full interview airs Sunday, September 10.

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