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Kristen Wiig: I “Felt Honored” to Work on Jill Clayburgh’s Last Film

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Bridesmaids will always hold a special place in Kristen Wiig's heart.

Not only did she co-write and star in the female-driven comedy, but she also got the opportunity to work with actress Jill Clayburgh, who lost her battle with leukemia in November 2010.

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"I felt honored the moment she signed on to do the film," Wiig, 37, told Us Weekly during a press junket May 1. "She was a very maternal, nurturing spirit. She was also game for anything. There were times when she was saying things and I would just start laughing. I was like, 'Oh, my god, I'm making Jill Clayburgh talk about motor-boating,' which didn't end up in the movie. She was amazing."

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According to producer Judd Apatow, 43, they wanted to honor Clayburgh's legacy without making her appear crass on film.

"We took some dirty Jill Clayburgh jokes out because I just thought, 'That can't be the last thing she ever says in a film,'" he explained. "We did debate it. We were like, 'That's funny, but that would be questionable.'"

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"She was the nicest woman," Apatow continued. "We're all so influenced by her work and her acting style. We really appreciate that real, naturalistic acting style. She was just a great woman. None of us knew she was sick. She was just awesome, every day."

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