Busy working mothers often live by the mantra “the show has to go on”. And it’s no different in Hollywood, even when you’re in front of the camera.
If the stars were properly aligned, a pregnant celebrity would play an expectant character, but that’s rarely the case – especially with storylines that rule out the possibility of pregnancy. Just ask Courteney Cox, her lover friends Character Monica Geller fought With Infertility just before the actress became pregnant with her daughter Coco while married to her (now ex) husband David Arquette.
Over time, film and television sets have learned very creative workarounds to hide celebrity baby bumps – when Mandy Moore was pregnant with son August ‘Gus’ Harrison while she was filming the fifth season of their hit television show This is us, the production schedule was postponed to shoot certain scenes before her pregnancy became too obvious. And in 2002, while filming the fifth season of Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker was expecting her first child with husband Matthew Broderick, a happy event that didn’t quite match the childless ambitions of her character Carrie Bradshaw. So Parker covered himself in loose-fitting designer clothes, carried larger handbags, and the entire season was shortened by a few episodes.
These working moms aren’t the only ones who pulled off an undercover pregnancy lest fans get confused by their budding bumps. Read on to learn how Hollywood has hidden other celebrity pregnancies from the public while they were making TV and movies. It really takes a village!