Mindy Kaling is pretty cool. She's a bestselling author, award-winning actor, producer, director, writer, and the star of her own show, The Mindy Project. She's been a Glamour Woman of the Year, and a Time Influential Person of the Year.
She is not Sandra Bullock's assistant.
But on Late Night With Seth Myers this week, Kaling, 37, explained one of the realities of her current project, Oceans Eight, is getting upstaged by her co-stars: Bullock, , Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others.
"With that group of women, I've never felt so unfamous in my life," she 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, 'Okay! Whatever. I'll give her her matcha tea. Might as well.'"
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"There's movie/TV famous, and then there's international pop star famous, which is at a whole other level," Kaling pointed out.
The cast was shooting a scene, and, predictably, being trailed attentively by a squad of paparazzi. "I was feeling kind of cool and famous," Kaling said. "Then Rihanna took a left to her trailer. Which was not in the same direction that me and Anne were going."
You can see where this is going.
"The paparazzi left so quickly! It was like a desert! Anne and I were talking, and I'm trying to have this sexy conversation with Anne Hathaway, and no one's around, or cares even."
Meyers pulled out a photo of what seems like this exact moment.
"Just for the record, I'm wearing a gorgeous coat. I'm showing a lot of leg, expensive shoes. Anne is wearing a leopard coat.
"Rihanna's wearing a full parka and baggy jeans."
(Note to self: Never try to make an entrance with or anywhere near Rihanna.)
"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!'"
But even if Kaling is apparently invisible to the paparazzi, she's not taking any chances.
"I noticed when they have a picture of a celebrity looking kind of unhappy, they're like, 'Addiction Problems!' And they put it next to (a shot of) you frowning."
Never say Kaling doesn't learn. Like she told Meyers, she always has the checklist: posture, smile, the works.
"No matter what I'm in, I'm always like, 'Aha! Anne Hathaway's the most hilarious person in the whole world!'"
Aren't we all.
(Mindy Kaling, thinking about Anne Hathaway being funny.)