Jonah Hill Opens Up About Why His Fashion Sense 'Surprises People': 'I Was Always a Bigger Guy'
"People are like, 'That guy? The schlubby guy from Superbad?' " Jonah Hill tells GQ
Jonah Hill is reflecting on some of the challenges he has faced over the years amid his passion for fashion, in relation to his physique and career.
In a new interview with GQ, surrounding his partnership with Adidas, the 36-year-old actor talks about his directorial debut with 2018's Mid90s, explaining that as he has grown "as a person and an artist," he has also developed "a better sense of self" in all areas of life but especially style.
"The biggest shift in my personal style was that I always had an interest in personal style and fashion, but I was always a bigger guy," Hill says. "It's really hard when you're overweight to dress a certain way, because clothes aren't made for people who are overweight to have style."
"So, I think it surprises people," he tells the outlet. "Even now, I'll overhear someone discussing my place in the fashion world or whatever, and people are like, 'That guy? The schlubby guy from Superbad?' "
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The two-time Oscar nominee (whose mother, Sharon, is a stylist and costume designer) just released a line of clothing and sneakers with Adidas, and tells GQ that "the idea" behind coming into his own with fashion "was realizing, whether I was big or small, that I really can define my own personal style."
"I think that's a dope wave that's happening right now in culture, too," Hill says. "But for me, that was a big turning point of realizing, 'Okay, be yourself. You don't have to be anything you don't want to be. And if you're really interested in fashion, then you should be — don't push that away. Lean into it.' "
"I think I was conditioned for [the opposite] based on my acting career," he continues. "Because, (A) being overweight and (B) comedy, you're not supposed to be into fashion on either of those sides. When I was coming up in comedy, you would get made fun of if you cared about fashion, but I always did."
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Hill says his new collection with Adidas "works out well for the COVID lifestyle," offering work pants, puffers, basketball shorts and more.
"Today's the first day of shooting my next movie as a director. It's interesting—I am trying to find a more grownup style, while maintaining the fun of how I like to dress," he shares. "I'm wearing my burgundy Sambas right now with striped socks and chinos, and I like these 45rpm blazers, they're kind of casual blazers. And then a polo underneath."
And while he is "supposed to be the director" and is gearing up to celebrate his 37th birthday next month, Hill quips, "I'm still wearing my Sambas and having fun. I'm not dressing like I'm going to a funeral."