Jesse Eisenberg Mocks Romina Puga During Awkward 'Now You See Me' Interview [VIDEO]: Reporter Blogs about 'Sharp, Mean Bully,' Almost Makes Her Cry with Harsh Jokes

By Danica Bellini, Mstars Reporter | Jun 03, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
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Jesse Eisenberg recently sat down with reporter Romina Puga during a segment of "Say My Name with Romina" to promote his upcoming summer movie, "Now You See Me." In the extremely awkward interview, Eisenberg harshly mocks and makes fun of the innocent Puga... at one point during the discussion the 29-year-old actor deems Puga "the Carrot Top of interviewers," almost making her cry. Following the bitter interview, Puga blogged about the "humiliating" experience, claiming that Eisenberg is a "smart, sharp, and mean" bully. Check out the viral clip below - was Eisenberg a little too harsh with his witty remarks?

Eisenberg mocks Puga right from the get-go after she refers to actor Morgan Freeman simple as "Freeman." Eisenberg laughs, "Don't call Morgan Freeman 'Freeman' like you're on a little league softball team with him." Things just got more awkward from there:

Following the interview, Puga wrote this lenghty rant on her blog:

So, I was just humiliated by Jesse Eisenberg. You know, the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Network.

The interview started by me asking Jesse to say my name into the camera — my usual shtick for my “Say My Name” web series. This is how it went:

Jesse: They’re not going to think it’s me right?

Romina: Yeah. Maybe.

J: Ok… really?

R: I don’t know.

J: But how is it going to be integrated to one thing?

R: You’ll have to go online to see.

J: But I want to know prior to it.

R: You know what, just skip it. Let’s skip it.

J: No, I’ll do it. I’ll do the thing. I just want to know what to give it?

R: Say it like if we just broke up.

J: I probably wouldn’t say anything then.

R: Ok… [C’mon!!] Say it like you’re trying to find me in a crowded place.

J: Oh ok. Romina [he says it pretty softly.]

R: That’s it?

J: The thing is I didn’t want to find you. I was actually hoping to stay alone.


I changed the subject. I asked him if he learned any good card tricks on set since his character in his new film “Now You See Me” — about four magicians who rob a bank (also starring Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo) — is a card master. He asked if I had a card, I happened to have a whole deck in my pocket. I hand it to him. Fail, once again:

J: You know the comedian Carrot Top?

R: Yes. He’s horrible.

J: 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…

R: Ok. I’m going to cry now.

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

R: Well, you are.

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

R: Well, now you know.


He performs a pretty decent magic trick. Actually, it’s a trick my brother would do to me growing up. I knew how it was done but at this point I just wanted to go cry so I “ooed” and “awed” until it was over.

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. I peaked 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.

Are fans amused, or turned-off by Eisenberg's mocking remarks? Who's the real bully... Eisenberg or Puga?

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