If this whole acting thing doesn't work out for Jonah Hill, he can always start a second career as a shutterbug!
If this whole acting thing doesn’t work out for Jonah Hill, he can always start a second career as a shutterbug!
The two-time Oscar nominee, 35, gave his 1.3 million followers on Instagram a peek at one of his longtime hobbies on Tuesday: photography.
“I love photography,” Hill wrote. “I’ve been doing it for years privately and am starting to work professionally.”
“I have decided to start sharing some photos with you all,” he added. “Hope you enjoy, if not, that’s cool too.”
A series of black and white photographs followed, including a picture of Q-Tip giving the middle finger shot in New York City in 35mm black and white film back in 2018.
Other pics included shots of 2 Chainz, Paul Schrader, Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera, and Kim Kardashian West holding a bag of Skittles — the later shot while the two were at Kanye West’s album release party last spring in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
In addition to photography, Hill recently made his directorial debut Mid90s, about a 13-year-old boy trying to fit in.
The project allowed Hill, who started in showbiz when he was young, to reflect on the public criticism about his body he received early on. As he worked on the movie, Hill put together a magazine called Inner Children, in which he wrote about his body image issues throughout the years.
“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. And it’s only in the last four years writing and directing my movie, Mid90s, that I’ve started to understand how much that hurt and got into my head,” he read from the magazine on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October.
Hill wrote in Inner Children that he thinks this is a universal experience.
“I really believe everyone has a snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they’re ashamed of,” he read. “For me, it’s that 14-year-old overweight and unattractive kid who felt ugly to the world, who listened to hip-hop and who wanted so badly to be accepted by this community of skaters.”
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Exploring those issues in the magazine while working on Mid90s helped Hill to work through his emotions.
“What I found amazing about [the magazine] is it was really a companion piece to writing and directing Mid90s because, to me, this movie is about learning to love yourself and finding a community of people that accepts you and how imperfect life is,” he said. “It took a long time, honestly until right now, for me to come out as sort of the person, the artist, mind, what I represent, how I feel, how I’d like to be spoken to, how I speak to the world in a way that actually represents who I am as a person as opposed to me trying to be something else that I’m not.”