Jesse Eisenberg Gave An Incredibly Awkward Interview

Much like the socially inept persona he plaid in “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg has much to learn about social graces.

The Jewish celeb sat down with Univision News’ Romina Puga to promote his upcoming film, “Now You See Me” two weeks ago, and as the interview surfaced the web, it became pretty apparent that the two didn’t get along very well— and by not getting along very well, I mean Eisenberg basically made Puga cry.

When Puga referred to Eisenberg’s co-star, Morgan Freeman, by his last name, he responded, “Freeman? Who are you? What are you on the baseball team with him?”

Puga took to Univision’s Tumblr to explain the awful interaction, writing up some of the dialogue the two shared. The most uncomfortable part went like this:

Jesse Eisenberg: You know the comedian Carrot Top?

Romina Puga: Yes. He’s horrible.

JE: Well… (He points down as in saying ‘don’t say that just yet’) You are like the Carrot Top of interviewers. Yeah because you know they rely on props instead of just their own… you know…

RP: Ok. I’m going to cry now.

JE: No. Don’t cry now. Cry after the interview is over, because otherwise it’ll look like I was responsible for it.

RP: Well, you are.

JE: Well, I don’t want to know that though.

RP: Well, now you know.

Eisenberg is sort of known for having awkward encounters with journalist. Back in February, he sat down with New York Magazine to promote his play, “The Revisionist,” and the uncomfortableness of it practically seeped through the pages. NY Mag’s interview, however, was nothing compared to this one. Perhaps Eisenberg should take some cues from his fellow tribe member, Mila Kunis.

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