Brittany O'Neill reveals the emotional ups and downs of having her very personal journey adapted for the big screen. First, she decided to take charge of her health and trained for the New York marathon, shedding 60 pounds in the process and altering her career path. Paul had been a big part of my questioning where I was going in my life and wanting to make a change. I was running an off-Broadway theater company at the time, so there was some level of having it together. I feel forever connected to her through this movie. She nailed it so well that I feel like she knows me extremely intimately because of how she portrayed this character.
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Are you all right? But my growth has been exponential because of that experience. She and Bell, who came from her far-closer home in the San Fernando Valley, were eating breakfast and trying to ignore the heat outside at a restaurant on the Sunset Strip. Bell was also focused on her own personal weight-loss journey. She began running — usually a couple of miles per day, and four at her maximum. She lost 29 pounds prior to filming and an additional 11 during the shoot.
Brittany Runs a Marathon stars Jillian Bell as the titular Brittany, a year-old who starts running as a means of bringing order to her chaotic, clubby life. The two grew up in Georgia and reconnected when they were in their 20s in New York. So inspired, in fact, that he began writing a script about a woman named Brittany who decides to change her life by becoming a runner. At the time, she was the managing director of the Naked Angels theater company in downtown New York, an organization with founding members like playwright Kenneth Lonergan and actors like Mary Stuart Masterson. Bell instantly took to the script, which began a new kind of journey. Six months before filming, they worked on building trust, so eager to form a bond that they brainstormed different fast-tracking methods—including, but not limited to, jumping out of a plane together. They nixed that idea and settled on something more earthbound: meeting once a week and going over the script line by line. Bell lost about 26 pounds leading up to the film, and 11 pounds during its actual filming. The original plan was to film Bell as she was, and use prosthetics to signify her weight-loss journey which still ended up happening.
The new film Brittany Runs A Marathon tells the tale of Brittany, a fast-witted, twenty-something party girl living in NYC who doesn't feel so hot about her direction in life After a rude awakening from her doctor, who advises her to lose 45 pounds which Brittany hilariously reminds him, is the same weight as a grown Siberian Husky , she begins to take stock in her lifestyle choices. So in an attempt to set her life on a healthier course, Brittany played by Jillian Bell decides to take up running The rest of the film is filled with friendship ups and downs, family dynamics, heartbreak, self-discovery, and plenty of snarky quips—all of which result in a film that's bound to leave you in fits of laughter and joyful tears by the end it's def not just me.