Kaling, who stars alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and comedian Awkwafina, says working alongside her A-list co-stars has been quite the adventure.
"With that group of women, I’ve never felt so unfamous in my life,” Kaling told Meyers. "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.’"
She also recalled a hilarious encounter with 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."
"It was like a desert," she said jokingly. "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."
Meyers then showed the audience a photo of Kaling, Hathaway and Rihanna on set. "I’m wearing a gorgeous coat, outfit. I'm showing a lot of leg, expensive shoes. Anne’s wearing a leopard coat," Kaling explained. "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.'"