Kieran Culkin Says 'It's Funny to Even' Refer to Emma Stone as an 'Ex': 'She's Lovely and Great'

"To me, she's just a really good friend of mine and my wife's," the 'Succession' star told 'Rolling Stone'

<p> Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association</p> Emma Stone and Kieran Culkin

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Emma Stone and Kieran Culkin

Kieran Culkin couldn't be more grateful for Emma Stone's enduring friendship.

The Succession actor, 41, and Poor Things actress, 35, go way back, having dated from 2010 to 2011 after they met while making the 2010 movie Paper Man.

But according to Culkin, "It's funny to even say 'ex' " when referring to Stone today, as he noted in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "To me, she’s just a really good friend of mine and my wife’s. She’s lovely and great."

Both actors worked together again on 2013's Movie 43, and are now married and have children. Stone met her husband, writer Dave McCary, while working on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2016. They tied the knot in September 2020 and welcomed their first child, daughter Louise, in March 2021.

Culkin has been married to Jazz Charton since 2013, after first meeting at a bar in New York City the previous year. They share two kids: daughter Kinsey, 4, and son Wilder, 2.

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<p>Relativity Media/Courtesy Everett Collection</p> Movie 43

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Movie 43

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Culkin and Stone have both been taking awards season by storm as of late, and even reunited at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards earlier this month.

Backstage at the Jan. 14 ceremony, the friends were seen sharing a hug and celebrating together after they both won individual acting honors for their work in the movie Poor Things and on the final season of Succession.

<p>Kevin Mazur/Getty</p> Kieran Culkin and Emma Stone at the Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 14, 2024

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Kieran Culkin and Emma Stone at the Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 14, 2024

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In his recent Rolling Stone interview, Culkin raved about how he met Stone "right at the beginning of the huge launch" of her career, and "got to watch all that firsthand."

"And I remember at the time that I was a little more aware of the direction she was going than she was," he added of the Oscar winner. "She would be like, 'Oh my God! I just got this opportunity ... ' And I’d be like, 'Yeah, but of course you did! Everyone loves you and you’re great.' "

The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actor went on to recall when Stone was asked to host SNL for the first time, which led her to "letting out a blood-curdling scream on the phone."

"I came running over thinking somebody had died, and she’s weeping, and I’m rubbing her back thinking I have to get a Scotch ready for her or something, and she was like, 'I’ve just been asked to host SNL!' And I gave her the biggest f-----' hug," Culkin said.

He added, "It was so great to be a part of that moment because that was her life goal, to host SNL, and she achieved it at 21. She didn’t think she was in that field and I was like, 'Of course you are!' "

Stone served as a producer on Culkin's new film A Real Pain, which just premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

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