How ‘Promising Young Woman’ Star Bo Burnham Overcame His Nerves Acting Opposite Carey Mulligan | Video

“Holding a coffee cup and just looking like I’m from planet Earth was enough of a challenge,” YouTube star and “Eighth Grade” director says

Bo Burnham’s leap from YouTube to cinema took another step at Sundance 2020 with his performance in “Promising Young Woman.” But the “Eighth Grade” director felt a lot of nerves playing the male lead opposite Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan in Emerald Fennell’s provocative thriller about sexism and harassment.

“Holding a coffee cup and just looking like I’m from planet Earth was enough of a challenge,” Burnham joked to TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “Just the simple act of business and sort of integrating it, and meanwhile I’m holding a french fry and wondering, ‘Do I look like I even have human DNA at this point?'”

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com