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J. Smith-Cameron Says She Once Threw a Martini at “Succession” Costar Kieran Culkin: 'He Was Asking for It'

The actress appeared on Wednesday's episode of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' and opened up about her friendship with her former 'Succession' costar

J. Smith-Cameron had a perfect response when her friend and Succession costar Kieran Culkin was being a “little slime puppy.”

The actress, 66, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers and reflected on how her relationship with Culkin, 41, off-screen inspired the dynamic between their characters Gerri Kellman and Roman Roy on screen.

As the two engaged in a power-play on the HBO drama, Smith-Cameron opened up about an instance where she and the Emmy winner had their own playful spat.


The star of Peacock’s In the Know explained that Culkin once got a taste of his own medicine after he spent a dinner making fun of her. She said, “That was one evening after a table read and we all went to dinner. He was just riding me the whole time, like being horrid.”

<p>Michael Kovac/Getty</p> Kieran Culkin and J. Smith-Cameron

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Kieran Culkin and J. Smith-Cameron

Related: J. Smith-Cameron Jokingly Roasts 'Succession' Costar Kieran Culkin by Calling Brother Rory 'the NICE Culkin'

The actress continued, “Like, if I couldn’t hear something that everyone was laughing about at the other end of the table and I’d be like, ‘What’d he say? What’d he say?’ [and] he’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, dear. Did you forget your hearing aids?’ Or, like, if I yawned, he’d be like, ‘Is it past your bedtime? That’s so terrible.’”

“So, you know, at one point I just threw my martini at him,” Smith-Cameron revealed as the host, 50, showed a photo from the night in which the two stood next to one another while Culkin’s T-shirt looked drenched.

She humorously added, “He was asking for it!” and thanked the audience as they cheered in response.

Smith-Cameron and Culkin have opened up about their bond and how it informed their performances on Succession before.

<p>Lexie Moreland/Variety/Penske Media via Getty</p> Kieran Culkin and J. Smith-Cameron

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Kieran Culkin and J. Smith-Cameron

Related: Kieran Culkin Says 'It's Funny to Even' Refer to Emma Stone as an 'Ex': 'She's Lovely and Great'

In an Esquire interview from March 2023, the actress told the outlet that she and the Golden Globe winner “were kind of always flirting on set.”

Although she said “it was never for one second a real flirtation,” she admitted that their back-and-forth lent itself to the fan-favorite characters on the show.

More recently ahead of the 2023 Emmy Awards, Culkin revealed that Smith-Cameron was “really bummed” that Gerri and Roman never hooked up on the series during an E! Live From the Red Carpet pre-show interview.

He said, “She’s like, ‘I thought something was going to happen.’ I always knew it was never going to quite happen. I feel like that’s not the show.”

Peter Kramer/HBO Kieran Culkin and J. Smith Cameron on 'Succession'
Peter Kramer/HBO Kieran Culkin and J. Smith Cameron on 'Succession'

Related: Kieran Culkin Says He's Looking Forward to 'Turning the World Off for a Week' to 'Just Be a Dad' After Sundance

At the award show, the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actor also interrupted Smith-Cameron’s interview with Variety. While doing an imitation of her voice, he jokingly said, “I love Kieran Culkin and he’s my absolute favorite to work with even though he’s an a--hole to me and I hate him in our personal life.”

“You really hate me, don’t you?” he said in his own voice before adding, “You look lovely. You smell nice.”

She then asked for a “little kiss” and the pair shared a sweet peck.

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Succession’s fourth and final season was up for a whopping 27 nominations at the 2023 Emmy Awards. It ended up taking home a handful of prizes, including the coveted award for outstanding drama series and three acting awards (Culkin for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, Sarah Snook for outstanding lead actress in a drama series and Matthew Macfadyen for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series).

The HBO hit similarly garnered a handful of wins at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards, including best television series - drama, and acting nods for Culkin, Macfadyen, 49 and Snook, 36.

The acclaimed drama about the mechanisms of the Roy family and their media conglomerate Waystar-Royco wrapped up its final season in May 2023.

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