Pregnancies are a pretty exciting thing, in TV series as well as in real life! And for pregnant women, it can be nice to discover that their favourite actress in a TV series is also expecting a baby. Nowadays, on-screen pregnancies are not always just part of the plot – often, the actresses are really “preggers” and the script had to be adjusted accordingly.
Not too long ago, actresses were not always allowed to integrate their pregnancy into a series’ plot and had to hide the fact that they were expecting. But fortunately, this changed in 1952. For this list, we picked out 10 TV pregnancies that were real and 10 that were fake – would you have known? Let’s see if you’ll get this right!
Real: Emily Deschanel, „Bones“
In “Bones” Temperance Brennan expected not only one, but two children. Actress Emily Deschanel was really pregnant at the time, and since her character was already married to fellow actor Seeley Booth, it was easy to write add the pregnancy to the script.
Real: Chelsea Peretti, „Brooklyn Nine-Nine“
Chelsea Peretti’s character Gina Linetti was expecting a child in the fourth season of „Brooklyn Nine-Nine“. This pregnancy was real – and the scriptwriters turned it into an exciting riddle as to who may be the father of Gina’s baby.
Real: Lisa Kudrow, „Friends“
In the fourth season of „Friends“ Phoebe agreed to become a surrogate mom for her brother and his wife. Well, it turned out that Lisa Kudrow was really pregnant at the time …
Real: Candice King, „Vampire Diaries“
Can vampires get pregnant? Well, not really I guess, but the writers of the popular series “Vampire Diaries” managed to write Candice King’s (Caroline) pregnancy into the plot.
Real: Molly Ringwald, „The Secret Life of an American Teenager“
Molly Ringwald already had a child, but during the second season of „The Secret Life of an American Teenager“ she became pregnant again. In the series her character “Anne” also just got pregnant out of the blue and had to deal with the new situation.
Real: Gillian Anderson, „X-Files“
Gillian Anderson almost lost her role in „The X-Files“ when she confessed that she was pregnant, since the authors did not want Agent Scully to have a child. But it worked – Scully got empregnated by aliens and Anderson kept her leading role.
Real: Alyson Hannigan, „How I met your mother“
During the filming of “How I Met Your Mother”, Alyson Hannigan got pregnant twice. The first pregnancy was hidden, while the second one became part of the plot.
Real: Jenna Fischer, „The Office“
In „The Office“ Pam, who is played by Jenna Fischer, had already been pregnant in season six. Since Jenna Fisher got pregnant in real life two seasons later, the pregnancy had to be part of the script, too.
Real: Jennifer Garner, „Alias“
A pregnant agent is not easy to integrate into an action series. But since Jennifer Garner was pregnant, her character Sydney had to be as well. And the writers pulled it off really well!
Real: Lucille Ball, „I love Lucy“
Lucille Balles pregnancy in “I love Lucy” was the first one to be integrated into the plot of a TV series and a very important step for actresses around the world.
Fake: Jennifer Aniston, „Friends“
Well – as we all know, Jennifer Aniston was never pregnant in real life.
Fake: Mindy Kaling, „The Mindy Project“
Many people thought that Mindy Kaling was pregnant in real life when her character was expecting – but she wasn’t.
Fake: Gina Rodriguez, „Jane, the virgin“
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In the telenovela „Jane, the virgin“, Jane accidentally gets pregnant by her gynecologist. Since the film team wanted to shoot and integrate many flashbacks, the actress was not allowed to be pregnant in real life. Thus, Gina Rodriguez was not really pregnant in the series.
Fake: Sarah Wayne Callis, „The Walking Dead“
In “The Walking Dead”, Lori Grimes gets pregnant in season three. Not an easy thing admist the apocalypse. Yet, actress Sarah Wayne Callis was never pregnant in real life.
Fake: Elizabeth Banks, „Scrubs“
In „Scrubs“, Doctor Kim Briggs suddenly becomes pregnant by J.D. Yet, actress Elizabeth Banks wasn’t expecting – the writers just wanted J.D. to become a daddy as soon as possible.
Fake: Ellen Pompeo, „Grey’s Anatomy“
In „Grey’s Anatomy“, Meredith Grey had two children, adopted another one and also had a miscarriage. None of these pregnancies were real, though Ellen Pompeo actually got pregnant in season six: However, this child was not integrated into the series, but hidden under wide clothing when she was showing.
Fake: Angela Kinsey, „The Office“
Now that’s a bit complicated: Angela Martin from „The Office“ was expecting a baby, while the actress who played the character, Angela Kinsey, wasn’t. Then, when Angela Kinsey eventually got pregnant, she had already had a child on TV!
Fake: Sofia Vergara, „Modern Family“
In “Modern Family”, Gloria got pregnant, and fans were wondering if Sofia Vergara was pregnant for real. Well, she wasn’t.
Fake: Bellamy Young, „Scandal“
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In “Scandal”, Bellamy Youngs character Mellie Grant persuades her husband to have a child with her. Many fans thought that the actress was really expecting, which wasn’t the case though.
Fake: Emily Clarke, „Game of Thrones“
In „Game of Thrones“, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emily Clarke, got pregnant during the first season. Yet, the pregnancy was all made up.
Well, are you surprised now? Let us know what you think in the comment section! !