Jonah Hill says ‘clothes aren’t made for people who are overweight to have style’ as he opens up on personal fashion journey
Jonah Hill says that the fashion world overlooks overweight people.
The Los Angeles native, 36, speaking Monday with GQ in an interview about his style, said that he’s always been drawn to the fashion world, but his choices have been restrictive depending on his weight.
The Beach Bum actor, whose weight has fluctuated over the years for his movie roles, said that shedding pounds allowed for more options in his closet.
The latest: Jonah Hill, 36, says that the fashion world overlooks overweight people in a GQ interview about fashion Monday
‘I think 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,’ he said. ‘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.’
Hill told the outlet that the industry’s awareness of his unique sense of style ‘surprises people’ at times.
‘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?”‘
He said that his weight, as well as his background in comedy, also stifled his fashionable ambitions.
Hill said the industry’s awareness of his unique sense of style ‘surprises people’ at times
Sense of style: Hill said, ‘A lot of people wear monochromatic black or white. I thought it was kind of cool to have monochromatic merlot’
‘I think I was conditioned for that based on my acting career,’ he said. ‘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.’
Hill, who collaborates with Adidas, said he eventually grew to become comfortable with his sense of style.
‘The idea was realizing, whether I was big or small, that I really can define my own personal style,’ the Wolf of Wall Street star said. ‘I think that’s a dope wave that’s happening right now in culture, too. But for me, that was a big turning point of realizing: OK, 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.’
He also said that his fashion values evolve with age and experience and a stronger sense of oneself.
‘As you grow as a person and as an artist, of course you have a better sense of self,’ he said. ‘All my work, whether it’s design, directing, acting, writing, any of it, is aiming towards just being my true self.
‘So that can mean anything in any moment, especially in regards to style.’
The Maniac actor was asked about his partiality toward dressing an ensemble composed of one color.
‘A lot of people wear monochromatic black or white. I thought it was kind of cool to have monochromatic merlot. That’s actually a good band name, monochromatic merlot,’ he said. ‘I just thought it was cool to kind of take that style of dressing and make it with these colors I’m obsessed with that I don’t see a lot of stuff in.’