Jonah Hill just made a crucial point about how ‘overweight’ people are treated


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In an interview with GQ, the actor and director said:


I always had an interest in personal style and fashion, but I was always a bigger guy. 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.


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?


After rising to stardom in comedies like Superbad and 21 Jump Street, Hill became a street style icon.


He was frequently photographed in tie-dye T-shirts and brightly coloured shorts and shoes.


But it took him a while to get there. Hill said that early in his career, he saw people like him being made fun of for caring about fashion.


I think I was conditioned [for not believing I could define my personal style] based on my acting career. Because being overweight and in 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.


When I started as an actor, people were like ‘stay in your lane, dude, stay in your lane. And I bucked against that, even at a young age. And then when I’m like, I want to be a director, they’re like, stay in your lane, just be an actor. And I bucked against it. And then when people started writing about my fashion sense, same kind of thing.


And I’m just like, wait, how many times do I have to tell myself I can’t do something? I’ve done all these things that I was told that I couldn’t do. Just keep going, just go on the journey of being into the shit you’re into. And so by that point, you stopped caring what the reaction is, you’re just in the process of enjoying it.


While continuing to accept comedic roles, Hill began acting in more serious films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.


He also directed the coming-of-age drama Mid90s and a Netflix documentary about psychotherapy which is due for release soon.


On top of that, he’s collaborated with Adidas on a line of trainers and is considering beginning his own fashion company.


People may have tried to put Hill in a box based on his appearance and their perception of him, but he isn’t having any of it.


Source :

schlubby (adj): ăn mặc luộm thuộm

rise to stardom (expression): trở thành ngôi sao

tie-dye (n): một phong cách thời trang theo xu hướng Hippie (nổi loạn)

condition /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/ [C2] (v): ảnh hưởng, huấn luyện

make fun of sb (v) [B2]: chế giễu ai đó/cái gì đó

stay in your lane (v) : hãy chỉ làm những việc mà mình giỏi thôi / đừng để tâm đến công việc của người khác

buck /bʌk/ (v): chống lại, đi ngược lại (quy định, thói quen, xu hướng)

coming-of-age (adj): ở độ tuổi mới lớn

psychotherapy  /ˌsaɪ.kəʊˈθer.ə.pi/ (n): liệu pháp tâm lý

put sb in a box (v) ép buộc ai đó phải ứng xử, nhìn như là người bình thường


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