Mindy Kaling Says Reese Witherspoon Shared the Best Parenting Advice

Celebrities may have a lot of perks with the job, but nothing prepares you for becoming a new parent. Luckily for Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon was able to swoop in with some sage advice that helped make the early days of parenting as a celebrity a little easier. 

The two women have an inspirational friendship that has helped them each carve out their impressive spots in Hollywood, and that apparently extends to helping one another out with important advice about life outside of their careers as well. 

Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon are close friends

It’s always great to see women in Hollywood supporting one another, and Kaling and Witherspoon’s friendship is an adorable reminder of that power. The pair had a mutual admiration for one another’s work prior to getting to know each other more personally. In 2014, Kaling made a “Wreath Witherspoon” as part of her festive holiday decor, and the effort earned a retweet from Witherspoon.

It wasn’t until the pair worked together on the set of A Wrinkle In Time in 2017 that their friendship really took root. It was during this time that Witherspoon gave Kaling the nickname “Min Diesel,” a nod to actor Vin Diesel and Kaling’s incredible work ethic and power. 

The pair seem to work incredibly well together, but they’re not just supporting one another in their professional endeavors. They seem to have each other’s backs for the personal side of life, too. 

Reese Witherspoon offered Mindy Kaling sage parenting advice

Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling | Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

Kaling became a mom in 2017 when she gave birth to a little girl named Katherine. She opened up with fans by sharing pictures of her pregnancy and newborn, but she kept the identity of her baby’s father a secret from the curious world.

Then, in 2020, Kaling once again delighted fans by announcing that she had added to the family with a little boy named Spencer. Since her pregnancy had coincided with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, she had kept it quiet, not wanting to upstage others when they were struggling. 

Witherspoon swept in with gorgeous gifts for not only the newborn Spencer but also for Kaling’s little girl, Katherine. Kaling joked that “this is why you know a gift is from Reese Witherspoon — she also got my older kid something. My daughter, who didn’t do anything, got all these beautiful clothes and toys, too.”

It wasn’t just clothes and toys that Witherspoon gifted Kaling. She also offered some important advice. As People reports, Kaling found Witherspoon’s advice about prioritizing herself crucial: “She’s the one that has taught me the importance of making time for myself so that I could be a good parent for my kids.” 

Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling will be working together again

Since A Wrinkle in Time, Kaling and Witherspoon have found ways to continue their work together. Kaling has appeared on a few episodes of Witherspoon’s series The Morning Show

Still, the pair haven’t gotten to dig into a substantial project together, but that’s about to change. Fans were thrilled to hear that Reese Witherspoon would be reprising her iconic role as Elle Woods for Legally Blonde 3, and they were even more thrilled to hear that Kaling would be joining in on the fun! 

Kaling, who is known for her comedy writing chops as well as her acting, was approached by Witherspoon to help pen the sequel. As a fan of the originals, Kaling found the task somewhat intimidating, but fans are excited to see what the duo come up with. There’s no word yet on when we can expect the film, and it’s still listed as simply “announced,” so production could still take some time. Having these two besties at the helm will likely make it worth the wait! 

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