Jonah Hill’s “You People” co-stars are weighing in on the actor’s decision not to promote or do press for his film due to damage to his mental health.
“Life is hard for all of us,” Lauren London said diversity at the “You People” premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “For us to pretend that we are stronger than others and that we can handle more, it is unfair. I hold space for Jonah Hill. That’s the boy of my house. I love him and whatever he has to do for his soul, I’m for him.”
Hill, who co-wrote the film with director Kenya Barris, and London star as Ezra and Amira. The romantic comedy follows the unlikely couple as their love blossoms and he tries to win the approval of his Muslim parents (Eddie Murphy and Nia Long). His Jewish parents (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny) may be progressive, but they prove cruise-worthy in trying to demonstrate how open their son is to interracial (and interfaith) romance.
Hill announced in a social media post in August that she was taking a break from press campaigns for her upcoming projects. Her announcement comes ahead of the release of the documentary “Stutz,” in which Hill and her therapist openly discuss her mental health issues. Hill wrote, “Through this journey of self-discovery in film, I realized that I had spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, exacerbated by media presence and public-facing events.”
“You won’t see me promoting this film or any of my upcoming films while I’m taking this important step to protect myself,” Hill continued. “If I go out there and make myself sick promoting it, I’m not being true to myself or the film.”
Louis-Dreyfus echoed London’s support for Hill. “You have to protect yourself and do what feels right to you,” he said, trying not to “import too much” campaign promises.
“I want to go out there and support the project because we’ve worked really hard on it, but at the end of the day I’m going to go home and be with my family,” Louis-Dreyfus said.
Duchovny added, “It is [Hill’s] I also don’t want to press privilege. It is very exteriorizing. You come out yourself. It’s very unrealistic, but it’s just part of the game.”
“You People” opens in theaters on January 20 and will be available on Netflix on January 27.