Jesse Eisenberg Applied for Polish Citizenship Since He and Wife Want a 'Greater Connection to Poland'

The 'Sasquatch Sunset' actor reportedly submitted his application nine months ago and is “waiting for the final signature"

<p>Nathan Congleton/NBC/Getty</p> Jesse Eisenberg in 2023

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Jesse Eisenberg in 2023

Jesse Eisenberg might soon hold dual citizenship.

The Sasquatch Sunset actor recently revealed in an interview with Polish outlet Głos Wielkopolski, according to Variety, that he is “waiting for the final signature" on paperwork for Polish citizenship that he submitted nine months ago.

“My family is from the southeast, from Krasnystaw, my wife’s [Anna Strout] family is from Łódź," said Eisenberg, 40, who himself was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey.

He added of himself and wife Strout, who share 7-year-old son Banner, "We wanted to have a greater connection to Poland. I would like to work here more."

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<p>David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty</p> Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Strout on May 18, 2019, in Cap d'Antibes, France

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Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Strout on May 18, 2019, in Cap d'Antibes, France

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The Social Network star reportedly went on to share how while "growing up" he "heard stories of the Polish relationship with my Jewish family and all the stories were great."

"We were best friends with the Poles," he said, per Variety. "My family lived in Krasnystaw up until the war, one person survived the war and moved to Szczecin. Unfortunately, she passed away from COVID, so it was quite recent.”

Eisenberg filmed his movie A Real Pain which he wrote, directed and stars in — in Poland, where the film takes place. A Real Pain costars Kieran Culkin, and counts Emma Stone and her husband Dave McCary among its co-producers, with Eisenberg.

"While I was working here, I met some people who worked in positions related to the government," Eisenberg told Głos Wielkopolski, according to Variety. "I said to them, 'I would love to create better relationships between Jews and Polish people.' "

<p>Gary Miller/Getty</p> Jesse Eisenberg on March 11, 2024, in Austin, Texas

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Jesse Eisenberg on March 11, 2024, in Austin, Texas

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" 'To me, it’s so unfortunate they are not great. I would love to do that,' " he continued. " 'My family is from here, my wife’s family is from here. Is there any way we could apply for Polish citizenship?' "

Per Variety, the Zombieland actor said his connection to Poland is "personal" due to his family history and "makes me feel connected to something."

"In America, everyone is very new, apart from the people who were there first, the Indigenous Americans," he said. "Poland made me feel a real connection to something historically bigger than myself.”

PEOPLE's is out to a rep for Eisenberg for comment.

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