Fact: It’s no easy task hiding a pregnancy from friends and family, especially if there’s alcohol involved. So when Mindy Kaling found out she was expecting her first child, she came up with a funny—albeit awkward—lie to fool her Ocean’s 8 costars.
Kaling and Sandra Bullock recently sat down for an interview with The New York Times, where the Champions star revealed that she was two weeks pregnant with her daughter, Katherine Swati Kaling, when they started filming Ocean’s 8. Since she’s “so superstitious,” she decided not to tell anyone and found herself in an awkward situation when she went to dinner with two of her costars, Bullock and Sarah Paulson.
“You said you were on heavy antibiotics,” Bullock recalled. “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?’”
Kaling chimed in to confirm that her story was a tad questionable, saying, “Then I said they were antipsychotics. I had to spin a web of lies. I just wish I had been able to actually drink with them.”
We first learned of her pregnancy in July 2017 when Oprah Winfrey accidentally spilled the beans while promoting A Wrinkle in Time. Kaling confirmed she was expecting her first child in August and welcomed little Katherine in December.
Hey, at least it’s a better excuse than “the wine sucks.” Ocean’s 8 will hit theaters on Friday, June 8.