Jonah Hill is getting candid about his struggle with body image throughout the years.
While appearing on “The Ellen Show” on Friday, the 34-year-old read an excerpt about his body insecurities from his magazine, Inner Children.
“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,” he read.
“I really believe everyone has a snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they’re ashamed of,” Hill continued. “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.”
Inner Children was created while the actor was in the process of making his directorial debut film, “Mid90s”. The movie tells the story of a 13-year-old boy trying to fit in.
“I think everybody has a version of themselves… at some point in your life the person you’re trying to kind of hide from the world,” he told Ellen. “Even if you get success or you grow up or you become good looking or whatever, the things that you think will fix the thing, you kind of carry some part of that with you.”
DeGeneres, 60, added to Hill’s point, saying that actors and actresses look for approval when they enter the entertainment industry.
“A lot of people get stuck into that role-playing instead of just knowing who you are,” Ellen said. “So, it’s very cool that you have found who you are and love who you are because you’re a brilliant man. I’m glad you love yourself!”
“I’m under construction like we all are,” Hill said.