There is no shortage of pregnant stars gracing the small screen at the moment, but television viewers would be hard-pressed to spot a bump. That’s because the vast majority of characters being portrayed by celebrity moms-to-be have not been written as moms-to-be! “Blue scrubs and lab coats hide quite a lot,” ER star Parminder Nagra, expecting a baby in late spring, tells Access Hollywood. “I actually have a pair of my own custom made maternity scrubs courtesy of our wonderful wardrobe department made with stretchy fabric to fit round the bump…The guys at ER have been extremely supportive,” she adds.
Ugly Betty actress Ana Ortiz, expecting a daughter in July, has had a similar experience. “What’s amazing to me is to see these huge guys who are part of the crew for the show, turn into big teddy bears,” she notes.
“They take such good care of me. Who knew? Chivalry is not dead after all, at least not on the Ugly Betty set. The subway is a different story.”
Unlike Parminder, Ana won’t have the attire of a surgeon to hide behind! “It’s not going to be easy,” she admits. “Hilda Suarez is not one for the baggy look. She’ll probably be standing behind her salon chair a lot.” Grey’s Anatomy star Chyler Leigh will make the most of her role as a doctor on the hit ABC show, however. Due May 15th with daughter Aniston Kay, Chyler says that since hitting the six month mark she’s “totally showing” and scrubs are no longer “cutting it” in the ongoing effort to conceal her bump.
“You’ll begin to see me carrying various medical items (charts, notepads, etc.) more often…I keep wondering when the transition from carrying charts to pushing wheelchairs to pushing gurneys to close up face shots in the [operating room] will happen. I guess the positive is, I’ll have really buff arms from all the carrying and pushing of random medical equipment.”
Click below to read Jill Scott‘s thoughts on filming while pregnant.
For No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency actress Jill Scott, finding out she was expecting her first child — a boy due April 25th — just one day before a 20+ hour flight to Africa to begin filming the HBO show was daunting, to say the least. “Working while pregnant is not an easy task especially when working in 100 degree weather in Botswana, Africa,” she notes. Still, she counts herself as among the lucky ones. “My role in the movie didn’t have me running marathons or doing anything that would’ve caused harm to me or the baby so it didn’t affect me much while filming aside from the sickness.”
“As hard and hot as it was I just had to be mindful of that. Luckily also, my character role didn’t need me to lose weight especially when it was impossible to do that being pregnant so there was no need to hide my pregnancy.”
Other pregnant prime-time actresses include How I Met Your Mother co-stars Alyson Hannigan (due in April) and Cobie Smulders (due in late spring), Brothers and Sisters star Rachel Griffiths (due in July), Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (due in June), Life star Sarah Shahi (due in August) and Worst Week star Erinn Hayes (due in May).
Source: Access Hollywood
Do you watch any of these shows? Have you noticed the bellies on-screen, or are they doing a good job hiding the pregnancies?