Fantastic Four Stars Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan Tackle Awkward Interview About Race and Looks: Watch
08/03/2015 AT 11:20 AM EDT
When Fantastic Four stars Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara sat down with interviewers from Atlanta's Rock 100.5 Morning Show on Thursday, things soon got awkward. The two, alongside their costar Jamie Bell, tackled a round of eyebrow-raising questions – and they handled it like champs.
Radio personality Southside Steve dove right in with an "obvious question" for Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm, Sue Storm's brother.
"You're white and you're black. How does that happen?"
Jordan's casting has been a much-discussed topic since it was announced that he would play Storm – a character originally portrayed in comic books as blond-haired and blue-eyed.
"They're just brother and sister," Jordan said. "They could be raised as brother and sister. There's a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the obvious, adoption."
The DJ turned his focus to Mara and her new, pixie haircut, telling her that she is "way, way hot" before asking why she cut her hair.
"Your hair was beautiful," he said. "You look great with short or long hair. But I think the long hair was excellent."
Mara explained that she cut her hair for a recent movie role, but, apparently, that wasn't good enough for Steve.
"What would you cut your hair for?" he pressed.
"They asked me to," Mara responded. "I'm an actress. I have to be a chameleon."
Another DJ, Jason Bailey, chimed in, asking if Mara was "weirded out" by all of the hair talk. But, before Mara could respond, Steve made it known that her hair was not his favorite feature.
"I'm a toe guy," he said. "Your toes are fine."
Bailey later defended the interview in an email to Buzzfeed, saying that the line of questioning was not meant to be offensive.
"You have a white sister and black brother. Wouldn't you want to know how that happened? I did," he wrote.
He chalked up Steve's hair comments to playful conversation, but he had no explanation for the toe talk.
"No idea," he wrote. "Steve likes girl's toes."