‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ – Jillian Bell tried it, too


Why Jillian Bell enjoys a good run

Jillian Bell of ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ on Amazon

Q: Did you actually film at the New York City Marathon?

A: We did. We did film a little bit there and it was unbelievable to witness all of those people on a day like that. … It’s amazing. I definitely would love to go for nothing to just cheer people on. It’s very emotional to watch these people accomplish an incredible feat.


Q: How did the other runners around you react to the filming?

A: I think a lot of people thought that we were shooting a documentary. People were really good about not looking at the camera. I mean, they were also running 26 miles themselves so we didn’t have too big of a problem with that (laughs).


Q: Are you a runner?

A: I would say now that I kind of am. I don’t do it as much as I was doing it during the preproduction and filming, obviously, but I do enjoy a good run.


Q: You met the real Brittany during filming. Did she give you any words of advice?

A: She’s amazing. She’s a wonderful human being and I absolutely understand why Paul (Downs Colaizzo, the film’s director) was so inspired by not only her story but herself. She didn’t give me too much advice.

You know, I went and saw a bunch of running coaches and they taught me how to run poorly and how to run like you’ve been running for a couple of years. We go through with each part of that throughout the movie and she was just super supportive, though, throughout the whole process.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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