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.