So new mom Mindy Kaling stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” March 8 to promote her latest film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” and as you’d expect, the conversation soon veered towards motherhood and the Indian American actress’ two-year-old daughter Katherine, and more precisely her baby gifts, which the who’s who of Hollywood have been showering her with.
“I’m a new mom, so I don’t have to be at home with my kid,” Kaling quipped at the beginning of the show.
She then thanked him for a gift that he and his wife sent for Katherine – a set of baby clothes. Talking about the very “old fashioned” gift, Kaling said: “With a baby girl, you get sent a lot of colorful things, pink things, and I thought this was so, um, so sweet and very fancy.”
Colbert shared that the white outfit was from Pixie Lily, located in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
On the outfit being old-fashioned, Colbert said: “Babies are eternal. They can fit in any time period.”
“This is a little late 19th century,” Kaling joked. “If I’m crossing the Titanic with my baby, hoping for a new future for myself, this is the outfit I put her in.”
But Colbert wasn’t prepared for what was coming next when, out of sheer curiosity, he egged her on to reveal Orpah’s gift, since they are friends.
“I love the outfit that you gave me…It straight-up sucks compared to what Oprah gave me. And I mean that with love, okay?” she stated. “Oprah’s present to me was a hand-carved bookcase packed with a 100 of the essential children’s books of all literature, and each book was inscribed with a little sticker that said ‘Katherine’s Book Club’ – like ‘Oprah’s Book Club.’ The bookcase was carved in the shape of an old-timey castle. It’s such a nice present! And yours was such a nice present.”
Colbert’s swift response: “We were going to do that. I heard Oprah was going to do it, so we did this instead. I’m very happy for Oprah. That’s amazing. She gave me a box of steak knives once.”
Kaling, whose NBC comedy, “Champions,” premiered March 8, also discussed motherhood with Colbert.
“It’s really profound and strange and I was not a kid person at all,” she admitted. “I was the person that if you had a baby at a party, I would go up to them and shake their hand. On planes when babies would cry, I would be mad at the families. Now I’m like, ‘Let them cry! Let them do whatever they want! They can sit on me and poop if they want! Whatever they want!’”
Being a new mom is a daunting experience, she said. “When you have a baby, you don’t necessarily know in the beginning that you’re going to be up every three hours. I’m up in the middle of the night with her, and then afterwards, it’s hard to go back to sleep, so I’ll just return e-mails and things like that.”
And she confessed that sometimes her late-night responses don’t have the desired effect: “I’ll return e-mails and say, ‘Thank you so much. I’m thinking of you. Thank you.’ The next morning, people will be like, ‘Hey, why did you send me an email at 3 a.m. that said I am thinking about you? You’re like a weird pervert.’”
“So, that’s my life now,” Mindy laughed. “It’s nice.”
Watch the entire clip below: