Kieran Culkin says 'Succession' made him realise his passion for acting

Actor recalls panic about ‘career’ crisis at 20


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Kieran Culkin  (Photo by AFP)
Kieran Culkin (Photo by AFP)

Published: Sun 16 Jun 2024, 1:05 PM

Hollywood actor Kieran Culkin said he was not sure about pursuing his acting career until halfway through Succession season one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

During a Tribeca Festival, the actor and Jesse Eisenberg talked about their lengthy careers in entertainment, their new movie, A Real Pain, and other topics.

When asked if he had thought of doing anything but acting, Culkin said that he had recently discussed the matter with Emily Gerson Saines.

"Suddenly, around the age of 20, I had a phone call with Emily, and she said, 'Something, something, something, your career,'" he recalled. "I remember having a panic [attack] and going, 'I was just a six-year-old, and I was doing this, and I never once chose to do this for myself'. So I had that sort of crisis at like 19, 20, which I think is sort of normal."

He went on to say that he took a while off work to try to find out what he wanted after realising he had never chosen acting. He recalled settling into acting as his career since and said he felt at ease on the set of 2017's Infinity Baby.

"It wasn't until about halfway through the first season of Succession, where I came home and I was having a talk with my wife, and I was like, 'I think I know I want to do for a living. I want to be an actor.' I had been doing it for about 31 years at that point. I spent a good couple of decades trying to figure out what else to do and then landed on the thing I was doing." Culkin won an Emmy for his portrayal of Roman Roy for the final season of Succession, said The Hollywood Reporter.


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