J. Smith-Cameron Said She Tossed A Martini On Kieran Culkin Once, And Her Reason Is Hilariously Valid

Succession stars J. Smith-Cameron and Kieran Culkin's budding friendship is just as iconic off-screen as in the hit series.

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On a Wednesday episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Smith-Cameron, 66, revealed hilarious insight into her relationship with the "little slime puppy" Kieran, 41.

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For four seasons, the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama Succession dominated late-night television. The show won Primetime Emmys back-to-back in 2020, 2022, and 2024 for Outstanding Drama Series. Jesse Armstrong took home multiple Emmys for Outstanding Writing in 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023.

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But the show's compelling premise and brilliant script would only work with actors like Smith-Cameron and Culkin.

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Almost every actor involved in the show received Emmy nominations for their performances over the years. In total, it received 19 Emmy wins.

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Smith-Cameron earned Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy nominations in 2022 and 2023 for her role as Gerri Kellman, the General Counsel of the series' media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo.

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Culkin earned Outstanding Supporting Actor nominations in 2020 and 2022 and won in 2023 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He portrayed Roman Roy, the immature middle child of the Waystar RoyCo media empire.

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If you watched the show religiously, like me, you'd agree no will-they-won't-they relationship holds a candle to the playful sexual tension between Gerri and Roman.

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Smith-Cameron explained on Late Night, "The writers were so collaborative with us; they would take hints from how we behaved on set and then write toward that."

The In the Know star revealed that Culkin might've channeled his mischievous character a bit too much at an evening dinner with the cast once upon a time. When Seth revealed a hilarious photo of the pair, Smith-Cameron explained, "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."

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She added, "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?'"

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"Or, like, if I yawned, he'd be like, 'Is it past your bedtime? That's so terrible.'"

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"So, you know, at one point, I just threw my martini at him," she said before jokingly adding, "He was asking for it!"

"I will go public."

Based on that dinner, or moments like this...

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Or moments like this one...

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...I think it's safe to say this pair's chemistry is hilarious, and I can't wait to see them reunited on screen.

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