Jesse Eisenberg’s Mom Was A Birthday Party Clown

“She didn’t do my parties. That would have been strange. What she would do would be to barter with a local magician, so she’d do the magician’s kids’ parties for free. Although the magician cost a little more, so we had to give him a pie as well. To make it an equal transaction. Anyway, as you might imagine, she’s very supportive of the arts. A lot of the things I do are so ridiculous, but not at all compared with what she’s done. So that’s nice … she knows what it’s like to put yourself out there and make yourself vulnerable in order to entertain.”

— Ever wondered why Jesse Eisenberg is so adorably dorky and awkward? Growing up with a mother who worked as a birthday party clown probably had something to do with it. This makes me love him even more. [Guardian UK] Continue reading

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Jesse Eisenberg Says Dressing Up For Awards Shows Is Like Going To A Bar Mitzvah

“I feel like when I was 13 and I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend. This is the same feeling. You have to put on a suit every weekend to go meet with a bunch of Jews. … I have this general sense of feeling like I don’t belong, even though I’ve talked to some other people that very much belong and they have the same feeling. I think it’s a room full of insecure actors, which is ultimately very comforting.”

Jesse Eisenberg, who is up for the Best Actor Oscar for “The Social Network,” gives a great analogy for awards season. As for the Academy Awards being “a room full of insecure actors?” Well, I’m just loving that description. [People] Continue reading

Jesse Eisenberg And Mark Zuckerberg Come Face-To-Face On “SNL”

Ahh, “Saturday Night Live.” Thank you for making our interwebian dreams come true. On Saturday’s episode, Jesse Eisenberg of “The Social Network” hosted and in his opening monologue, shared with us his knowledge of the menstrual cycle. Soon after, he was joined on stage by (Andy Samberg and) Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook creator who Jesse portrayed not-so-flatteringly in the movie. It was every bit as awkward as we all imagined. Oh, but I did have a few breakthroughs while watching: First, I realized that these two dudes share the second half of their last names. And also that Zuckerberg sounds a lot like a not-so-happy Kermit the Frog. Continue reading