While pregnancy may be the miracle of life, it can also be an annoyance to Hollywood. Luckily, using camera methods, clothing hacks, and on-the-nose storyline restructuring, actors are often able to execute their jobs onscreen while also being pregnant. Here are several instances of prominent persons hiding their pregnancy onscreen.
10. Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project
With multiple costumes and camera angles, costume designer Salvador Perez and cameraman Michael Spiller worked together to cover Mindy’s pregnant belly. During the final season of The Mindy Project, the viewers had no idea Mindy was 7 months pregnant.
9. Reese Witherspoon in Vanity Fair
Reese was able to hide her pregnant tummy under the voluminous Victorian-era costumes because Vanity Fair is set in the 1800s.
8. Debra Messing in Will & Grace
During Season 6, Debra was expecting a child. Debra had to be written out of the remaining few episodes of the season despite the crew’s best efforts to disguise her tummy beneath hand towels and tables.
7. Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
Amy was pregnant during both Season 1 and Season 2, which explains why the show’s production and scheduling were so erratic in its early years.
6. Julia Roberts in Ocean’s Twelve
Instead of disguising Julia’s pregnancy while filming the second installment of the Ocean franchise, the writers went meta and had Julia’s character in the film pretend to be a pregnant Julia Roberts in real life to aid in their robbery.
5. Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy
During Season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen became pregnant. Aside from solely showing the actor in closeups, the writers also included a plotline in which Meredith gave a portion of her liver to her father so that Ellen could relax and take maternity leave.
4. Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
Gal had to film Wonder Woman reshoots while 5 months pregnant. The visual effects team used green fabric over her stomach to CGI-out her pregnancy bump because her costume was so formfitting.
3. Lisa Kudrow in Friends
Lisa became pregnant during the filming of Season 4 of Friends, but instead of hiding it, they made Lisa’s character, Phoebe, the surrogate mother for her brother, Frank, and his wife, Alice.
2. Kerry Washington in Scandal
During the first few episodes of Season 6, Kerry’s pregnancy was covered with enormous coats and cleverly placed Prada bags. She was pregnant with her first child during the filming of Season 3.
1. Blake Lively in The Shallows
Toward the end of filming The Shallows, Blake got pregnant with her second child. The film rarely used a stunt double, therefore her tummy was covered by a surfboard or by being immersed underwater.