Jillian Bell on Going From ‘Fat Best Friend’ to Big-Time Movie Star in ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’

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When Jillian Bell’s manager sent her the script for Brittany Runs a Marathon, she told her client, “I know you’ve been looking for something different. I think this might be it.” She warned Bell that she was “going to be very nervous” reading it because it may hit “too close to home,” but told her to keep reading because it could be “amazing.” 

“I read it and had that reaction,” the comedic actress, best known for stealing scenes in films like 22 Jump Street, tells me on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “I was laughing, but then I was crying. And there were certain lines where it was like, I’ve said that to myself. And I immediately was so scared of it when I finished but I also thought, I don’t want anyone else playing this.” 

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