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Jesse Eisenberg ‘Humiliated’ Reporter Romina Puga During Interview [Video]

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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.

She continued:

“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?

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15 Responses to “Jesse Eisenberg ‘Humiliated’ Reporter Romina Puga During Interview [Video]”

  1. Patricia Jean Thompson

    She is a pretty girl. But that seems to be the only reason she is a reporter. No skills.

  2. Robert Joseph Becker

    Both, he's condescending and she doesn't have a clue…

  3. Anonymous

    Boring and talentless, he a little more than she.

  4. James Supinski

    If she wanted to be taken seriously she shouldn't have acted like a ditzy 14 year old.

  5. Sandy Cosgrove

    Seemed to me she was flirting and he wasn't interested. She did a terrible interview and I'm glad he called her on it.

  6. David OConnor

    This is an insult to 14 year olds everywhere.

  7. Anonymous

    its funny how article elected to ignore every rude thing she said and any additional thing Jesse said to clear things up like being called Carrot Top of reporters was actually a good thing… or how she said he had fat thumbs, or when she told him to do a magic card trick so they can finish the interview…

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