Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author, and playwright. Eisenberg was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. His mother, Amy (née Fishman), who now teaches cultural sensitivity in hospitals, previously worked as a clown at children’s parties and choreographer for a Catholic high school for 20 years.
Eisenberg was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. His mother, Amy (née Fishman), who now teaches cross-cultural sensitivity in hospitals, previously worked as a clown at children’s parties and choreographer for a Catholic high school for 20 years. His father, Barry Eisenberg, drove a taxicab, then owned and worked at a hospital, and later became a college professor, teaching sociology. He has two sisters, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, a former child actress who was once famous as the “Pepsi girl” in a series of commercials. His other sister, Kerri Eisenberg, now Kerry Lea, who also worked as an actress, ran a vegetarianism and animal rights-based children’s theatre troupe and is now an independent artist in New York.
He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real (1999–2000). Following his first leading role in the comedy-drama film Roger Dodger(2002), he appeared in the drama film The Emperor’s Club (2002), the psychological thriller The Village (2004), the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale (2005) and the drama The Education of Charlie Banks (2007). In 2006, Eisenberg won the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award for his role in The Living Wake.
Eisenberg has contributed pieces to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s websites. He has written and starred in three plays for the New York stage: Asuncion, The Revisionist, and The Spoils. Eisenberg’s first book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: and Other Stories, a short story collection, was released in September 2015.
He dated Anna Strout from 2002 to 2012 after they met on the set of The Emperor’s Club, where she worked as a crew member and assistant. Eisenberg dated Mia Wasikowska, his co-star in The Double, from 2013 to 2015. He has since gotten back together with Strout, and they married in 2017. The couple’s son was born in 2017. He has worked with her at an Indiana domestic violence shelter, where Strout’s mother, Toby Strout, serves as executive director.
Eisenberg lived with his sister Hallie and her boyfriend, Owen Danoff, singer-songwriter and contestant on season 10 of NBC’s The Voice, in New York, until Hallie and Danoff moved to Nashville in June 2016. Eisenberg has been playing the drums since he was 8 years old. In 2007, Eisenberg started an online wordplay website with his cousin, a social design evangelist at Facebook, called OneUpMe. They re-launched the site in 2010, instead exclusively formatted for Facebook users.
Eisenberg is an alumni playwright of the Bloomington Playwrights Project.
Despite growing up in New Jersey, Eisenberg is a fan of basketball team Indiana Pacers.