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Go behind the scenes of Mindy Kaling's #InvisibleMindy Super Bowl ad

Turns out Mindy Kaling isn't invisible to Matt Damon -- or B.J. Novak, for that matter.

"The Mindy Project" star, who appeared in the other Nationwide Insurance ad that aired during the second quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, took to social media to promote her high-profile spot and share behind-the-scenes footage. Then Novak's reaction to the ad had social media abuzz. But we'll get to that in a moment.

 

 

In the spot, Kaling indulges in some outlandish behavior -- strolling through an active car wash, stealing snacks and having a naked picnic --- upon realizing she's invisible to the world. That is, until she tries to get a whiff of Damon at a restaurant. That's when Julia Roberts' voice-over points out that Kaling's not really invisible (her insurance company just made her feel that way).

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Kaling teased to the spot with a promo last week, but the surprise guest wasn't included in the pre-released ad.

"Proof I'm not invisible. Just look at how into me he is! @Nationwide #InvisibleMindy #SuperBowl," the writer wrote, sharing a selfie that she took with the Oscar winner during their revelatory encounter.

 

 

It should be noted that Kaling kicked off her career in a play called "Matt & Ben" that she and pal Brenda Withers co-wrote about Damon and Ben Affleck's bromance. In it, she played Affleck and Withers played Damon. Another fun fact: The commercial was directed by "The Bourne Identity's" Doug Liman.

Click through the videos to see Kaling shooting the car wash scene at a real car wash and more outtakes.

 

 

 

The 35-year-old watched the big game with "Mindy Project" writer Jeremy Bronson and Novak, her ex-boyfriend-turned-pal from their writing days at "The Office."

 

 

"YOU'RE NOT INVISIBLE TO ME @MINDYKALING," Novak tweeted with a heart emoji, which prompted fans who ship the former couple's relationship to retweet the post more than 18,000 times.

 

 

Kaling spoke about their forgone romance back in September during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show."

Novak was referred to as her "great love" who got away, but Kaling also said that he is "legitimately one of my best friends. I love him, and I think he's a great person, but I'm not holding a candle for B.J."

Matt Damon may be a whole 'nother story.

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