We spoke to the jogger who spelled 'first' and 'last' on TV and went viral

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Erica O'Donnell went viral yesterday when she took a reporter's question way too literally

The hilarious clip is still climbing in views this morning, and has become something of a global sensation.

It's not hard to see why; it's actually the actual best.

The journalist, Michael Scanlan, from Channel 7 tweeted the funny outtake from his Twitter account, and it blew up with thousands of retweets and likes.

If you're anything like us, you can't stop watching it either.

Here's the video from yesterday:

We loved it so much that we shared it with you, and after your response, decided it'd be great to see if we could track Erica down and ask her a few questions.

Us: So are you from Melbourne originally?

Erica: Yes, born and bred in Melbourne.

Us: What do you most love about Melbourne?

Erica: I adore Melbourne, the lifestyle, the food, shopping, sport etc, the weather (when it's nice), it's just the best place to come home to when you've been away anywhere.

Us: And when you're not going viral, what do you get up to day to day?

Erica: I'm an Exercise Physiologist.

Us: Do you often talk to TV reporters?

Erica: I have never spoken to a TV reporter in my life so hence I had zero clue about interview procedure!

Us: What was going through your mind when he asked you to spell 'first' and 'last'?

Erica: I really did think it was some test to see how I'd fair on camera!!

It's probably something I should have questioned, looking back, but I guess nerves and I the fact that I may have been a little hungry (I hadnt had lunch yet) impeded my thinking, BUT I answered the question asked haha.

Us: Now that you're a well known TV speller, what are your other favourite words to spell?

Erica: I don't have any particular favourite words to spell, but those who know me best know that I am a bit of a grammar nerd and I cannot stand to see words spelled incorrectly, or the use of incorrect words in sentences haha.

I think my initial look of terror is because I wasn't sure I'd spelled the two words correctly and I was more petrified about that than actually giving him the wrong information!!

Us: If you had another few seconds on the telly, who would you have given a shout out?

Erica: Probably my family/friends/colleagues who have been absolutely wonderful and so supportive since this surfaced, even to all the strangers who have showed me some love online - saying how they'd most likely do the same or are having a laugh with me - it's been very heartwarming.

Us: Thanks for your time, Erica! Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Erica: If I have made people laugh in a world where there is a lot of negative news, then job done! Also, you may have noticed on my top in the video it says "Kokoda Gym", which is a former workplace of mine at Austin Repatriation Hospital (Austin Health), who do fabulous work within the Veteran (Vets and War Widows) community and I wanted to highlight that.

Massive thanks to Erica for taking the time (and being hilarious).

Written By Andy Zito
Andy Zito

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