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Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan tackle incredibly awkward interview

There’s strength in numbers when it comes to tackling awkwardness.

While promoting their new film “Fantastic Four,” stars Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara kept their cool during a rather awkward Q&A with shock jock Steven J. Rickman of Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Morning Show.

In the flick, out Friday, Jordan and Mara play brother-and-sister superheroes Johnny and Sue Storm. While the casting originally raised eyebrows, it seems the radio host couldn’t help but press the actors about crossing racial lines.

“Am I missing something … But you’re white and you’re black,” Rickman quizzed. “How does that happen?”

“They could be raised as brother and sister,” Jordan, 28, responded. “There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the ‘obvious adoption.'”

With Mara now in the hot seat, Rickman dissed the 32-year-old screen siren’s newly chopped locks, which she had to cut for a role.

“They asked me to. I’m an actress,” Mara explained. “I have to be a chameleon.”

After complimenting Mara’s toes, Rickman later declared on Twitter that the interview was the “3rd most awkward moment” of his life.

Since video from the cringe-worthy encounter has surfaced, Southside Steve’s co-host, Jason Bailey, has come to his defense.

“My partner’s … conversation about Kate’s hair is something that came up while Michael B Jordan took a phone call so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way,” Bailey noted in an email to BuzzFeed. “As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that. . . sorry. . . no idea. Steve likes girl’s toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don’t get enough of them. Who knows?”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.

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