Actor Jonah Hill took to Instagram Wednesday night to politely ask fans and the media to stop commenting on his weight. The Superbad and 21 Jump Street star has long dealt with discussions about his body, echoing statements made by Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani on Wednesday regarding body-shaming and weight obsession in Hollywood.
“I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a red-heart emoji. “Good or bad I want to politely let you know it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good.”
The 37-year-old actor has long been the subject of tabloid fodder, commenting this past February about photos The Daily Mail published of him surfing in an all-black wetsuit in Malibu, Ca.
“I don’t think I ever took my shirt off in a pool until I was in my mid 30s even in front of family and friends,” he wrote on Instagram. “Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers. So, the idea that the media tries to play me by stalking me while surfing and printing photos like this and it can’t phase [sic] me anymore is dope.”
Jonah Hill said that after years of the press ridiculing his before and after photos, he’s finally learned to “love and accept” himself.
“Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face ;),” he wrote.
Over the years, many news organizations have used Jonah’s weight as a topic for stories. Some examples include Men’s Journal writing about “Jonah Hill’s Body Transformation” without an interview with the actor, US Magazine posting “Before and After Pictures” of Jonah Hill’s “Dramatic Weight Loss,” and Mirror UK publishing Jonah Hill’s “rollercoaster weight journey as he blames fluctuation on yo-yo dieting,” just to name a few of the more-egregious weight-shaming.
Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani, the recently ripped actor, revealed his long-standing issues with body positivity. Weighing himself every day and becoming so image-focused has greatly affected his mental health, especially since his new look has allowed him to secure roles in superhero films that previously would never look his way.
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2018, Jonah Hill told the talk show host that, “I spent most of my young adult life listening to people say I was fat, gross, and unattractive. And 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.”
“The idea was realizing, whether I was big or small, that I really can define my own personal style,” he told GQ. “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: 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.”
Model Tess Holliday was one of his biggest supporters for his latest Instagram post, commenting, “THIS 💯💯💯💯💯💯” and “LOUDER.”
Singer SZA replied as well, writing “Absolutely love you. Thank you!!” Beanie Feldstein, Jonah’s sister, also commented: “THATS 👏 MY 👏 BROTHER 👏,” along with many other celebrities responding with messages of respect and love.
Sharon Stone, who may have not gotten the “good or bad” stipulation on Jonah’s Instagram message, politely responded “Can i say you look good cuz u do 🔥.”
Just this past August, Jonah Hill debuted a new tattoo on the back of his shoulder, displaying the words “Body Love.”