Jonah Hill Shares Positive Message For “Kids Who Are Embarrassed To Take Their Shirt Off At The Pool”

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Jonah Hill is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet — but people seem to forget that he is human.

Society often put movie stars, musician’s and professional athletes on a pedestal. We invade their privacy, pick their lives apart and scrutinize their every move. It’s really messed up actually.

Jonah Hill is no exception to this.

Hill says intrusive photos of him no longer phase him, and he’s speaking out about his body image to encourage kids to embrace who they are, at whatever weight they happen to be.

In an Instagram post Friday, the actor posted paparazzi photos published this week, which show him shirtless and surfing on the beach in Malibu, Calif. Hill said these kinds of photos no longer phase him, a change in his life that comes from self-acceptance.


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I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself,” he wrote. Hill has been relentlessly followed by the paparazzi for years, and his weight has long been a topic of tabloid conversation. Hill said it’s the public mockery of his body in the press and by interviewers that set him back on his journey to self-love.

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, adding it probably would’ve happened sooner had he not had his childhood insecurities exploited by the media.

Hill spoke directly to the photos published of his surf session, saying, “The idea that the media tries to play me by stalking me while surfing and printing photos like this and it can’t phase me anymore is dope.”

Fans of the “Wolf of Wall Street” star took to the comments section of his candid post to applaud him for his honesty.

“You probably won’t read this comment but, nice man feels awesome to be awesome and I’m happy knowing someone who I looked up struggled with what I went through and came out on top. Keep on winning,” one person wrote.

Another added, “We don’t know each other but this post gave me all the feels. I was that kid at the pool too. Self love and confidence is most important ❤️”