Jonah Hill Explains Why He Hit Pause In His Career

“I wasn’t really looking inward.”

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In a recent interview with GQ, the actor reflected on growing up fast in Hollywood and why he recently took time off from his career.

“I was a kid,” he reflected on his early years of stardom. “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.”

Hill went on to say that, in his 20s, he “wasn’t really looking inward” and “was just running toward success” before reaching a turning point in his 30s that led him to make his directorial debut Mid90s.

“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.”

Read the entire interview here.

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