Kieran Culkin has fun with “Succession” and he hopes you are too

“I kind of hope people like the show I’m on because I’m having such a great time doing it, so I want to keep doing it,” he says.

Interview highlights

Feeling ambivalent about being an actor

I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, and I don’t think when you’re 6, 7 and say “hey, mommy, daddy, I wanna be an actor” that you’re actually really making a decision for your future. . You are just a kid. So I felt like I had been doing it since I was a kid and I never really made the choice to do it. And I think around the age of 18, 19, 20, I found out that suddenly I had a career that I never made up my mind to want, and that I didn’t really like. So I kind of tried to stay out of the limelight as much as possible while I thought about what I wanted to do with my life and, in the meantime, I’ll just do this acting thing for as long as I like it and as long as I find a project that I like. I didn’t necessarily pursue acting career or success or anything like that. I just like to work from time to time.

By working with such a talented ensemble in Succession, in particular Brian Cox, who plays Patriarch Logan Roy

It kind of rubs off on you. … Just being in a scene with someone like Brian, I have a lot less work to do. … Brian is a force to be reckoned with as a person, so he brings so much that there isn’t a lot of effort I have to put in. It’s also very interesting in the series. I agree that there are a lot of extremely talented actors on the show, and a lot of them work very, very differently and you can see the different approaches of people and how they can all make it work. … There are elements of reality [actors] in the character, so it gets a bit blurry. Brian has Logan-in within moments, but for the most part he’s just a wonderful guy and Logan obviously isn’t. But you see these little things going like, “Is that Logan or is Brian just hungry?” Can someone get him a sandwich? He’s about to come after you.

On how all of the show’s curses affected her true speech

I would say the F word is slipping out of me. I mean, I think in general it’s always been kind of a natural word for me. But since we did the show, it’s every sentence, more or less. I’m trying to be careful now because my two year old daughter has actually become an impersonator. So this one was tough. She hasn’t said it yet.

On witnessing childhood fame through brother and how toxic fame is

It was pretty crazy. And I think what people sometimes forget to remember too is that he was a kid. He didn’t really choose that. This is something that happened to him. And I think when you’re a kid you obviously don’t have the tools to handle something like that. So I think it could have been pretty hard. …

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