Jonah Hill’s come a long way since first being projected onto our screens as the Becca-hating, dick-drawing Seth in Superbad.
There’s no doubt Hill would have gone on to have a hugely successful career continuing to be typecast as the hilarious, overweight buddy, but his evolution past this into dramatic roles in productions such as True Story, Maniac, and Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, confirmed his maturity as an actor.
But—as his recent directorial debut in skateboarding throwback Mid90s, and zine produced in collaboration with A24 show us—those awkward adolescent years are never far from his mind. Hill announced today on his Instagram that he’s been working on a zine that explores the times in our lives where we struggle to feel comfortable in our own skin. In the post, he wrote about the inspiration behind Inner Children:
“I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say 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 and 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, who listened to hip hop and wanted so badly to be accepted by this community of skaters.
For this magazine, I asked twelve people I respect and admire if they can relate to this in their own way and how they’ve learned to love themselves. The interviews are all centred around the question of ‘What is that snapshot for you?’ They turned into some of the most meaningful conversations I’ve ever had.”
He’s unsurprisingly secured an all-star line up of interviews for the zine, including Na-Kel Smith, Raymond Pettibon, Michael Cera, Q-Tip, Edie Falco, his sister Beanie Feldstein, Kim Gordon, Mark Gonzales, Behati Prinsloo, Dj Premier, Dr. Phil Stutz and Kathryn Hahn.