Julia Roberts is literally living on the edge in a sneak peek from Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day

May 19, 2017 11:57 AM


“Can’t this episode just be running slightly less wild?”

Carrying a chilled box of rotavirus and polio vaccinations, Julia Roberts traveled by plane, by car and by foot to help children in need.

During her appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day, the actress teamed up with famed British adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls to personally deliver life-saving medicine to a remote village in Kenya as part of NBC’s three-hour extravaganza of programming as part of the U.S. version of Red Nose Day. Roberts and Grylls’ adventure through the African underbush served as hour two of the special NBC programming.

PEOPLE’s reigning World’s Most Beautiful Woman struggled slightly as she attempted to cross a crocodile-filled river using a rope bridge.

“The river must be crossed in order to get our vaccines where they need to go. The first step was hard because you’re terrified and after that it’s no way out but through. It’s just about taking that deep breath,” she said before taking off her hat and jokingly saluting the bridge with a “thank you and goodnight.”

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Roberts in Kenya as part of the third hour special

All the while, the mother of three reminded herself of the purpose of her and Grylls’ adventure. “This is a great way to marry my two loves: Love of understanding of how we can people each in this world and love of trying something I’ve never done before,” Roberts shared.

The actress previously spoke with PEOPLE of her time in the Kenyan village, where she met with children and learned about how truly life-saving these vaccines are. “I was so excited and encouraged by all the spirit that I saw and all the help that I realized could be done,” she said.

In the end, Roberts and Grylls made it successfully to their destination, and personally gave two drops of vaccinations to children who had their mouths open — as Roberts described — “like little birds.” 

And that was just one part of the three-hour extravaganza airing May 25 on NBC. Host Chris Hardwick previously broke down the jam-packed scheduled planned for the night.

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“This year, the Red Nose Day celebration is bigger and better than ever,” Hardwick said in a preview clip, revealing that the night will include the first ever Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day segment at 8 p.m., as well as Roberts’ Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day trek to Kenya at 9. The evening will then wrap up with Hardwick hosting the Red Nose Day Special at 10 p.m. Roberts will also appear during the third hour as she visits Africa as part of a short film.

The one-hour special ending the night features the buzzed-about Love Actually reunion titled Red Nose Day Actually. The 10-minute clip that features most of the major stars from the film — like Liam NeesonKeira KnightleyColin FirthHugh Grant and Andrew Lincoln — recently aired in the U.K. for its Red Nose Day in late March. A different version with additional starsPatrick Dempsey and Laura Linney — will air for the U.S. telecast.

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