Tragedy brings Maria Menounos back home

Maria Menounos was in LA when she heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Less than 24 hours later, Menounos, a Medford native and cohost of the television show “Extra,” was standing on Boylston Street, one of a phalanx of TV types reporting from the scene of Monday’s tragedy.

“When I heard the news, I thought, ‘I have to be there,’ ” she told us Tuesday during a brief visit to the Globe. (She was in the building to interview’s Steve Silva, whose video of the explosions continues to be broadcast almost constantly.)

But Menounos, who has fond memories of watching Marathon runners from a rooftop while attending Emerson, said it wasn’t all that easy talking to people about what they witnessed Monday. As one runner was telling her about the carnage, they both teared up.


“Here I am trying to do the interview, and he’s crying and I’m crying,” she says, beginning to cry again.

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We wondered if, like a lot of people, she’s feeling vengeful against those who planned the attack. (Comedian Garry Shandling tweeted: “You’ve got to be an idiot to do anything that makes the city of Boston mad.”)

“Oh, you should see the tweets I didn’t send,” she says, laughing. “There was a lot of anger, there still is, but all that begets is more violence.”

Aside from her duties with “Extra,” Menounos and her boyfriend Keven Undergaro have produced a documentary, “The Elders,” which will screen at the upcoming Independent Film Festival Boston. Directed by Emerson alum Nathaniel Hansen, the film about aging uses interviews with a variety of elderly men and women to explore what’s ahead for the rest of us.

“I love old people,” says Menounos. “I really do. They’re so beautiful. I just want to take care of them.”