Mindy Kaling Literally Texted Oprah Winfrey While in Labor

Anything for Oprah

Updated 10/29/18

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When Oprah Winfrey texts you, you reply—even if you're in labor.

Comedian and new mom Mindy Kaling revealed on Busy Philipps' talk show, Busy Tonight, that she didn't let giving birth stop her from exchanging texts with Oprah.

"I'm not, like, Gayle [King] close with Oprah, but I would say we're friends. I have her phone number," Kaling, 39, told Philipps during the show. (The two actors bonded while filming A Wrinkle in Time last year.) "I will say, when I was in labor with my baby I got a bunch of texts and the great thing about when you're in labor is like, 'Oh, I don't have to respond to any of these people.' "

There was one person that Kaling didn't leave on read, however.

"But she texted me about something about her magazine and I remember, I'm literally in labor, and was like, 'Oh, of course, anything!' " Kaling continued. "I'm laying in Cedars-Sinai...I'm hooked up to the thing...and Oprah asked me something about the magazine and I didn't even tell her I was in labor because I was like, 'Anything you want. Of course!' "

Philipps, 39, commended the actress for how she handled the situation, "That is, by the way, the 100 percent correct response. You handled that perfectly."

Kaling's 10-month-old daughter, Katherine, has apparently also become close friends with the iconic talk show host. In June, Kaling told Ellen DeGeneres about her daughter's priceless reaction to seeing Oprah's house.

"She'd been really fussy, she'd been fussy the whole way. And I'm like 'Oh my God, am I going to be the person that brings a screaming baby into Oprah's cathedral of beauty and art?' And the minute we went in I was like, 'Katherine, please. Please. You have no idea how high the stakes are right now,' " Kaling recalled at the time. "And we walked into the door and her eyes went wide, and she stopped crying like she knew she was in Oprah's house. And then she was just like coyly smiling and being adorable for, like, the next four hours."

We can only imagine we'd have the same reaction if we were invited to Oprah's home too.

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