Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg is being labeled a “jerk” after a very uncomfortable, and kind of rude, interview with Univision reporter Romina Puga.
The awkwardness starts almost immediately, when Puga says, “So Freeman plays a magic debunker.” Eisenberg interrupts her with, “Freeman? Who are you? What are you, on a baseball team with him?”
Puga then goes on to say she’s going to perform a trick, and Eisenberg has to reveal the secret. She pretends to be removing part of her index finger, but Eisenberg notes that “the thumbs don’t look like the end of a finger.” He then asks her what she has written on her hand and she says nothing, but he continues to prod her and ask if she’s “secretly hiding questions.”
Eisenberg asks Puga if she’s heard of Carrot Top, and she says, “Yeah, horrible.” He responds, “Well, you’re like the Carrot Top of interviewers.” Puga says she’s “going to go cry now” and Eisenberg says to wait until after the interview because then he’ll look responsible, which Puga says he is.
Visibly flustered, Puga asks Eisenberg to show her a magic trick so they can wrap the interview up, and he tells her, “You’re on my time.”
Both Eisenberg and Puga have been criticized for the interview. Some said that it was Puga’s fault for not being prepared and not playing along with Eisenberg, but others felt the 29-year-old actor was being rude and mean. Some wondered if the interview was all a joke, a la Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns,” but it appears that Puga was actually very bothered by the whole ordeal.
“So, I was just humiliated by Jesse Eisenberg,” she wrote on Univision’s Tumblr. “You know, the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Network.”
Apparently, things got worse for Puga after the interview ended. “When the five minute ‘interview’ (more like self-esteem butchering) were finally over I went behind a curtain to wait for the memory cards from the interview,” Puga wrote.
“I peaked [sic] around the curtain to ask Jesse about his neighborhood in New York (he lives a few blocks from where I used to live) and he immediately says, ‘You’re still here?’
I finally walked away.”
You can watch Romina Puga’s interview with Jesse Eisenberg below. Do you think he was being a jerk, or should Puga have played along?