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Jonah Hill Explains Why He Needed to 'Hit Pause' & Change the Direction of His Life

Jonah Hill Explains Why He Needed to 'Hit Pause' & Change the Direction of His Life

Jonah Hill is opening up about growing up in the spotlight and how he needed to “hit pause” in his 30s to change to direction of his life.

The 37-year-old actor talked about his “overnight” success in an interview for his GQ Style cover story for the magazine’s Fall/Winter issue.

“It was very overnight for me. Michael Cera and I talk about it all the time. We just had this really rare experience: One day life was one way, and then one day life was a different way,” Jonah said.

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“I was a kid. I had probably too much power for a young person, and too much autonomy, and not enough life skills. I dropped out of college, and I used to not get why people would go to college. Because if you’re ambitious, why would you spend four years just idling? And then I didn’t realize until I turned 30 that what those four years gave all my friends was this wobbling period of how to be a person,” he added.

Jonah continued, “I was really advanced professionally but really behind personally. All my 20s, I wasn’t really looking inward. I was just running toward success. Or trying to find success. And when I was 30, I was like, I’ve always wanted to be a director, but if I don’t get off this train now and write Mid90s, I’m not going to do it. And I hit Pause. I took three or four years to reshape things. I was like, I could just do this for 10 more years and I’m not going to evolve as a person.”

In the interview, Jonah also talked about his theory on Instagram.

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Photos: Ed Templeton/GQ
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