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Mindy Kaling: ‘People Think I’m Sandra Bullock’s Assistant’ on ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Set

Mindy Kaling feels slightly less A-list among her Ocean’s Eight costars. The actress opened up about her experience filming the all-female spinoff of Ocean’s Eleven during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, December 14. 

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The Mindy Project star, 37, is currently filming the movie alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and comedian Awkwafina

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Sandra Bullock (left) and Mindy Kaling on the set of ‘Ocean’s Eight’ in Jackson Heights, NY, on Dec. 13, 2016. LGjr-RG/PacificCoastNews

“With that group of women, I’ve never felt so unfamous in my life,” Kaling said. “Like, I thought I was pretty cool. I have my own show. People think I’m Sandra Bullock’s assistant and they’re like, ‘Get out of the way! We need to bring Sandra her matcha tea.’ I’m like, ‘I’m in a scene with her. I’m not her assistant.’ Then I’m like, ‘OK! Whatever. I’ll give her her matcha tea. Might as well.’”

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She went on to recall a recent, hilarious interaction with the paparazzi. “It’s interesting because there’s so much paparazzi there for Rihanna. There’s movie/TV famous, and then there’s international pop star famous, which is at a whole other level,” she said. “We shot a scene, all eight of us together recently, and when we walked outside there was this huge [group of] paparazzi. I was talking to Anne Hathaway and Rihanna was kind of behind us, and there was a sea of paparazzi taking photos and everything like that. I was feeling kind of cool and famous. Then Rihanna took a left to her trailer, which was not in the same direction that me and Anne were going, and the paparazzi left so quickly.”

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Mindy Kaling on the ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers.’ Lloyd Bishop/NBC

Kaling joked that the photographers had absolutely no interest in snapping a shot of her. “It was like a desert,” she continued. “Anne and I were talking and I was trying to have a sexy conversation with Anne Hathaway, and no one’s around or cares even.” 

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Meyers even dug up the photo in question, and Kaling pointed out the irony of it. “I’m wearing a gorgeous coat, outfit. I’m showing a lot of leg, expensive shoes. Anne’s wearing a leopard coat,” she said. “Rihanna’s wearing a full parka and baggy jeans. They shoved me out of the way to get to her. ‘Get out of the way, Sandra Bullock’s assistant. We want to talk to Rihanna.’”

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