Is Jesse Eisenberg applying for Polish citizenship?


Jesse Eisenberg, widely recognized for his roles in films like “The Social Network,” has revealed his application for Polish citizenship. In a recent interview with the Polish publication “Głos Wielkopolski,” Eisenberg shared that he initiated the application nine months ago and is now awaiting the final approval.

Explaining his decision, Eisenberg expressed a desire to establish a stronger connection to Poland, citing his family’s roots in the country. His family hails from Krasnystaw in the southeast, while his wife, Anna Strout, has familial ties to Łódź. Eisenberg expressed a keen interest in working more in Poland, emphasizing his fondness for the country and its rich history.

Reflecting on his family’s background, Eisenberg recounted stories of their positive relationships with Polish individuals, particularly highlighting their friendship with Polish locals. He disclosed that his family resided in Krasnystaw until World War II, with only one surviving member eventually relocating to Szczecin. Tragically, this relative recently succumbed to COVID-19, further solidifying Eisenberg’s desire to strengthen his ties to Poland.


Eisenberg’s connection to Poland extends beyond personal sentiments; he recently visited the country as a guest of the Impact’24 congress. Additionally, he directed, wrote, and starred in the film “A Real Pain,” which was filmed in various locations across Poland. The movie, co-starring “Succession’s” Kieran Culkin, premiered at Sundance and explores themes of ancestry and identity as two cousins embark on a journey to discover their roots.

During his time in Poland, Eisenberg expressed a desire to foster better relations between Jewish and Polish communities, leveraging his familial connections and personal experiences. He acknowledged the historical complexities but remained hopeful about bridging divides and promoting mutual understanding.

Looking ahead, Eisenberg revealed plans to direct a film in New Jersey and participate in “Now You See Me 3.” While he expressed a preference for filming in Poland, he noted Hungary’s attractive tax incentives for American filmmakers. Nonetheless, Eisenberg affirmed his intention to return to Poland, emphasizing the profound sense of connection he feels to the country and its enduring historical significance.

Ewa Puszczyńska, producer of “A Real Pain,” acknowledged Eisenberg’s interest in future projects in Poland, highlighting the efficiency of production operations in the country. Despite financial constraints, Eisenberg’s team remains open to collaborating on future endeavors, underscoring Poland’s potential as a filmmaking destination.