By Joey Nolfi
August 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM EDT
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Before Jillian Bell could, well, run a marathon in her new comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon, she had to master the art of dance for her 2017 ensemble comedy Rough Night — and it took far longer than she anticipated to get it just right.

“This was our second day of shooting, and, as you can tell by the video, I don’t dance,” Bell said of the scene — which saw her performing a choreographed routine to Khia’s “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” alongside costars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, and Ilana Glazer — during a recent interview with PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “All of these women are so hot, and I was just like, ‘What are we doing? We’re dancing?’ And they’re like, ‘You’re the one character who has to really know how to do this dance.'”

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Nothing if not determined, Bell said she worked with the film’s choreographer “for too many hours” to hone her skills.

“It was upsetting the amount of hours I spent with them,” she remembers, laughing. “We paused for a moment because I started crying. So much crying.”

Brittany Runs a Marathon is in theaters now. Watch Bell recount her Rough Night experience above.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019 movie)

Bell brings a real, messy humanity to Brittany that comedies hardly ever allow a lead character — let alone a non-impossibly-bodied female — to have.
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