Jonah Hill has been a man of many faces, both on screen and off. No matter who he is playing, however, the 34-year-old actor has been one of the most recognizable figures in Hollywood for more than ten years.
Now Hill is making his directorial debut with Mid90s, a coming-of-age film based on his experiences growing up.
Success has not been easy for Hill, who recently opened up about his fluctuating weight on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
— Brotips (@brotips) October 21, 2018
According to Hill, writing and directing the film helped him realize how much criticism about his weight affected him over the years.
Speaking with DeGeneres, Hill talked about the struggles he had growing up as an overweight kid “feeling lonely and not understanding my own worth.”
Although he achieved success at a young age, it did little to improve his self image or how others treated him.
“I came up in goofy comedies, this kind of curly haired, overweight kid,” he told DeGeneres. “Everyone had their own opinion on what I should be, how they could speak to me, how they could treat me.”
Alongside the premier of Mid90s on Friday, Hill is also releasing a self-published magazine called Inner Children, which tackles many of the struggles he faced, like body-shaming and learning about self-worth.
He shared the magazines “manifesto” on Instagram.
“I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say that I was fat and gross and unattractive, It’s only in the last four years writing and directing my movie Mid90s that I’ve started to understand how much that hurt got into my head.
I really believe everyone has a snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they’re ashamed of. For me, it’s that 14-year-old overweight and unattractive kid who felt ugly to the world.”
In another post, Hill shared a picture of him standing next to his 14-year-old self, captioned, “This magazine is dedicated to this guy.”
Hill says Mid90s has many of the same themes as the magazine:
“To me this movie is about learning to love yourself and finding a community of people that accept you and how imperfect life is. I’m under construction like we all are.”
For many who had shared similar struggles, Hill’s message struck a chord.
I hear ya Jonah.
But what a nice way of putting it – “being under construction”.
I'm under construction – still losing weight – going slow to go fast – have my set goals – 50kgs in 12 months.
So far 10 kgs -… https://t.co/I9G2foztda
— Lorel Robinson (@RobinsonLorel) October 22, 2018
He's right. For me it was 13 and curly hair and braces wondering why my sisters never let me around them. I haven't thought about that in a long time, but he's right! https://t.co/pk68sXSDaw
— Thrifty Sue (@thriftysues) October 22, 2018
As someone who has struggled with my weight my entire life I can’t even fathom what it would be like for my insecurities to become a source of public ridicule. @JonahHill seems like a genuinely nice guy, I hope this is something he is able to work through.
— Andres Pere (@realAndresPere) October 21, 2018
Fans were proud of Hill for how far he had come.
Something about this interview got to me. It was so touching.
It’s not often you feel the humanness of a celebrity. You caught that here. Kudos.
— Lynn Pounian (@Panger2018) October 21, 2018
Proud of him and the fact he’s giving me Steve Jobs before a keynote vibe
— Sarcastic… (@Bvck_ToBlack) October 21, 2018
People tend forget that people have feelings. Especially because of his occupation, people assume he won’t be hurt by their mean words. He’s a human being and those kinds of words. I hear ya, Jonah
— Michelle Menchaca (@belle_de_jour86) October 21, 2018
And no matter what size, Hill has fans who will always be there for him.
I just want it on record that I’m here for Jonah Hill at every weight and hair length and I have been since day one.
— twenty8tweem (@randi4evryone) October 15, 2018