Oprah Winfrey shocked to find out Mindy Kaling is 5 months pregnant: 'My mouth dropped'


Mindy Kaling's fans weren't the only ones surprised to hear that she was expecting her first child.

The 38-year-old actress-writer was barely showing when she stepped out in a little black dress for the Hulu Summer Television Critics Association event on Thursday in Beverly Hills, but according to her A Wrinkle in Time co-star, Oprah Winfrey,The Mindy Project star is pretty far along. The Queen of Talk admitted to Peoplethat she was taken aback upon hearing of Kaling's pregnancy while at Disney's D23 expo earlier this month in Anaheim, California.

"That's when she told me. My mouth dropped," Winfrey recalled. " 'What did you just say?' she said, 'Oh, Oprah, I don't think you know. I'm five months pregnant.' And I said, 'WHAAAAT?!' "

The 63-year-old star quipped that she then started asking everyone around her when they found out about Kaling's pregnancy. "I said to [Reese Witherspoon], 'Did you know?' and she said, 'I just found out, too.' And then I said to [Wrinkle director Ava DuVernay], 'Did you know?' And she said, 'I just found out.'"

While Winfrey was caught off guard by Kaling's news, she was quick to note that she's "excited for her."

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Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Actress Mindy Kaling attends NBC and Universal's 2009 TCA press tour all-star party at The Langham Resort on August 5, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Mindy Kaling attends GQ 2010 'Men Of The Year' Party at Chateau Marmont Hotel on November 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Television And FX Celebrates Their 2012 Emmy Nominees at Soleto on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Mindy Kaling attends the 1st Annual Baby2Baby Gala Presented By Harry Winston at Book Bindery on November 3, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Hollywood Reporter's 21st annual Women In Entertainment breakfast at The Beverly Hills Hotel on December 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling attends The Young Storytellers Foundation's 10th Annual 'Biggest Show' at Moss Theatre at New Roads School on October 12, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 22nd Annual PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
THE MINDY PROJECT: Mindy Kaling in the 'Christmas Party Sex Trap' episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress/ Writer Mindy Kaling attends Glamour's Cindi Leive Toasts Mindy Kaling And Her Book 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)' on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Mindy Kaling attends the Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on November 20, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Mindy Kaling attends the Pressed Juicery West Hollywood Opening Celebration at The Pressed Juicery on December 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling attends 'The Mindy Project' 4th season premiere at Ysabel on September 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mindy Kaling and Hulu Head of Content Craig Erwich attend Hulu's 'The Mindy Project' Season Four premiere at Ysabel on September 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Hulu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Mindy Kaling is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on September 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress and Executive Producer Mindy Kaling attends the Hulu 2015 Summer TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Mindy Kaling and Gretchen Carlson are the guests today, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Mindy Kaling arrives for the premiere of Disney-Pixar's 'Inside Out' at the El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Mindy Kaling speaks about her book: 'Why Not Me' at the BookCon 2015 at Javits Center on May 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Author Mindy Kaling signs copies of her newest book during BookExpo America held at the Javits Center on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: US actress Amy Poehler (C) US actress Mindy Kaling (L) and US actress Phyllis Smith (R) pose during the photocall for the film 'Inside Out' at the 68th international film festival in Cannes, France on May 18, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 462 -- Pictured: Actress Mindy Kaling during an interview on December 14, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress/writer Mindy Kaling arrives at the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) *** Local caption *** Mindy Kaling
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Mindy Kaling is seen on set of Ocean 8' on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: Actor Mindy Kaling speaks onstage during Summer TCA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Hulu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Mindy Kaling attends 'The Mindy Project' costume conversation event held at The Beverly Center on June 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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Kaling has yet to address her pregnancy publicly or reveal the identity of the father, but while on The Mindy Project's TCA panel this week, she did disclose that she plans to address mom shaming on an episode of her Hulu series, where she portrays a single mother. "It was really fun and hit a lot of those juicy ripped-from-the-blogger-headline storylines," she noted.

Kaling also shared that it was the decision of those who've worked on the series to end it after the upcoming sixth season. "We just have a good finale that we've known about for a while," she teased


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