Pregnancy Didn’t Stop These Remarkable Actresses From Staying In Character

In Hollywood, the show must go on even if that means continuing to film when the lead actress is a few months pregnant. It might take a village, but from scene to scene and shot to shot, cinematographers, costume designers, and directors make it so audiences would never know the leading lady has a belly bump.

From Kerry Washington in Scandal to Reese Witherspoon in Vanity Fair, creativity is the name of the game. And when that doesn’t get the job done, using a pregnancy in the story, such as Alyson Hannigan’s in How I Met Your Mother, is another workaround. Either way, these remarkable actresses stayed in character.

Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Was Written In As A Surrogate

Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe Was Written In As A Surrogate
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During the fourth season of Friends, Lisa Kudrow found out she was going to be a mother. But instead of hiding the fact under clothing and behind props, as they did with her co-star Courteney Cox, the writers decided to use her pregnancy to their advantage.

That season, the writers made Phoebe a surrogate mother for her younger brother and his wife, Frank and Alice. It was a beautiful way to incorporate the actress’ baby bump, while not straying from the main story surrounding the six friends.