Why Jesse Eisenberg Was Shaking in Kieran Culkin’s Arms on Sundance Red Carpet

Kieran Culkin exclusively told E! News about his bond with A Real Pain costar Jesse Eisenberg, who admitted that he was “nervous” at the Sundance Film Festival.

By Lindsay Weinberg Jan 27, 2024 2:40 AMTags
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Sometimes red carpets can be a real pain.

While posing for photos at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, Jesse Eisenberg confided in his A Real Pain costar Kieran Culkin about some of his all-too-relatable fears about their big movie premiere. 

"He's just an anxious person," Culkin told E! News' The Rundown host Erin Lim Rhodes at the Jan. 20 event. "Just now, I had my arm around him and he was shaking."

The Succession actor continued, "He said, 'Everything, when I go outside, makes me nervous.'"

According to Culkin, work was no exception. "Our styles definitely clashed," he said about their shooting methods on their film set. "He came to the trailer I was in and he was like, 'OK, are you ready for today?' I was like, 'Oh, I actually don't know what we're shooting today, but it'll be fine.' And that made him really nervous."

According to the Emmy winner, who made his acting debut at age 7 in 1990's Home Alone with brother Macaulay Culkin, he and Eisenberg are "just two very different people that happen to do the same job and we work differently."

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He added, "But I think once we started doing it, it worked."

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Following Culkin's comments, several fans expressed empathy with the Social Network actor.

"I've never related to Jesse Eisenberg more than in this moment," one TikTok user commented on the clip, while another said, "Jesse is so real."

Others couldn't help but draw comparisons to the Zombieland star's onscreen characters. 

"So what you're saying is that Jesse Eisenberg plays himself in most films and it's not a bit," one person wrote. "That tracks."

Watch more of The Rundown on Snapchat, and keep reading for a look at more stars at the Sundance Film Festival.

Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin & Steven Yeun

Casamigos x TAO Park City party 

AnnaSophia Robb

Casamigos x TAO Park City

Sebastian Stan

A Different Man premiere

Dylan O'Brien

The Hollywood Reporter Studio sponsored by Heineken Silver

Camila Cabello

The Vulture Spot

Kerry Washington

IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox 

Jesse Eisenberg

Cinema Cafe

Kristen Stewart

Love Lies Bleeding premiere

Andra Day

New York Magazine The Cut’s "How I Get It Done" event 

Chris Colfer

GLAAD x Meredith Marks Park City boutique event

Este Haim

Suncoast premiere

Lux Pascal

Project Blackbird's "Mental Health in Film" panel

Riley Keough

Gotham Sundance Dinner

Glen Powell

IMDb Portrait Studio at Acura House of Energy

Saoirse Ronan

The Outrun premiere

Julia Fox

Variety's Sundance Studio

Steven Yeun & Kristen Stewart

Love Me premiere

Riley Keough

Sasquatch Sunset premiere

Jason Schwartzman

Between the Temples premiere

Malia Obama

The Heart premiere at the Short Film Program

Robert Downey Jr. & Christopher Nolan

Opening Night Gala

Jay Ellis & Pedro Pascal

Freaky Tales world premiere

Kristen Stewart

Opening Night Gala


Freaky Tales world premiere

Jennifer Grey

Opening Night Gala

Dylan Mulvaney

ALOK premiere at the Short Film Program

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