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It feels like it was just yesterday that Oprah accidentally let the entire world know that Mindy Kaling was *Oprah voice* PREEEEGNAAAAANT! But long before that Kaling was trying to keep the secret under wraps even to those closest to her.

Those close pals included her Ocean’s 8 co-stars. In a recent interview with the New York Times she and Sandra Bullock talk about attending a dinner early on in Kaling’s pregnancy, during which she went to great lengths to conceal it:

KALING I remember we went to dinner once when I was two weeks pregnant and I couldn’t tell anybody.

BULLOCK You said you were on heavy antibiotics. [Laughs]

KALING I’m so superstitious!

BULLOCK It’s not superstitious! You just don’t mention it until you’re the first trimester in. Paulson and I kept trying to get you to order a cocktail, and you’re like, “I’m on strict antibiotics.” And we’re like “What kind of antibiotic is that?” [Laughs]

KALING Then I said they were antipsychotics. [Laughter] I had to spin a web of lies. I just wish I had been able to actually drink with them.


Can I just say I love the image of Sara Paulson and Sandra Bullock trying to get Kaling to “order a cocktail?” Something in my gut tells me it was actually a set of tequila shots, or maybe this is my fanfiction imagination going into overdrive.

“I could be wrong, but on the first Ocean’s [starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon] hardly anyone was married, there was a bar on set, it was in Vegas, they planned outings,” Bullock says. “On our film, everyone was juggling one to two kids, dual careers—eight people’s full schedules. We didn’t even get to go to dinner until almost the entire thing was over.”

Ultimately Katherine Kaling came into this world a healthy baby, thanks in part to Mindy’s incredible acting/lying talents!

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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