The actor gave birth in September.
Instead of spending her quarantine baking endless loaves of sourdough, Mindy Kaling spent the past few months secretly preparing to welcome her second child. The actor and writer revealed that she welcomed a baby boy during an appearance on A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and, though she didn’t say too much, Kaling also revealed her new baby’s name, which some fans think might be a nod to classic romantic comedies.
"I’m telling it for the first time now, it feels so strange. But I gave birth to a baby boy on September 3," Kaling revealed, before joking that her revelation was "news to a lot of people." The Never Have I Ever creator named her baby boy Spencer; she is already mother to 2-year-old Katherine, who she also welcomed after a relatively secret pregnancy in 2017. While Kaling didn’t reveal the inspiration or meaning behind her son’s name, several fans have pointed out that her children share the names of one of Hollywood’s most iconic film couples: Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
The pair starred in 9 films together from 1942 until 1967, including now-legendary romantic comedies like Woman of the Year and Adam’s Rib, and had an offscreen romance that lasted for nearly three decades. Kaling has long been open about her love of rom-coms and the influence that they’ve had on her own work over the years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the genre inspired her when it came to baby names as well.
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