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Jonah Hill praises '22 Jump Street' co-star Jillian Bell

"She is the funniest person I have ever met in my life," Hill says of Bell.

By Karen Butler
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Jonah Hill praises '22 Jump Street' co-star Jillian Bell
Actress Jillian Bell attends the premiere of the motion picture crime comedy "22 Jump Street" at the Regency Village Theatre in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on June 10, 2014. Storyline: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Actor-producer Jonah Hill has nothing but high praise for Jillian Bell, the actress who plays his nemesis in the big-screen, action-comedy 22 Jump Street.

Bell was previously known for her appearances on TV's Workaholics and Eastbound & Down.

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"Jillian makes me want to quit show business and realize I am a complete fraud because she is the funniest person I have ever met in my life," Hill declared with a laugh, while talking to reporters during a recent round-table interview in New York.

"When I improvise with her... I'd never had that feeling [before working with her] where I am like, 'You're thinking of what I am going to think to say, but you are saying it quicker and phrased better than I would.' We were all blown away by her," Hill recalled.

"I think she is an absolute star. I think part of the joy of producing a movie is you are in the room when people walk in and you get to say, 'Oh, wow, we get to put a spotlight on this person that maybe hasn't had the spotlight before.' And that's what I think this movie is for her. I think she is going to get tons of other movies from this."

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22 Jump Street, the follow-up to 2012's 21 Jump Street, is in theaters now. The sequel follows two cops [Hill and Channing Tatum] who go undercover at a college to try to take down a drug ring. Bell plays the no-nonsense, disapproving roommate of Hill's character's girlfriend, who is played by Amber Stevens.

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