RUFF LIFE: Hill (being styled by Ilaria Urbinati) brought his beloved French bulldog, Carmela, to the set of our photo shoot.
Photography by Michael Muller

Getting to Know Jonah Hill

Hill’s father was a tour accountant for legendary rock outfits like Guns N’ Roses, while his brother, Jordan Feldstein, is manager for the chart-topping band Maroon 5.

As a teenager, Hill played guitar, bass and keys in indie-rock unit The Millions but was discouraged from pursuing a life in rock music by “horror stories” from his brother.

Hill still plays music occasionally but promises he will never release an album. “I won’t put anyone through that,” he says. “It’s my pleasure not to make an album for you.”

Hill has “Nanny Rules,” a tribute to his beloved grandmother, tattooed on his left forearm.

In college, Hill made prank phone calls with Dustin Hoffman, his close friend’s father. “I’d do these prank phone calls with my friends, and Dustin overheard us one day and he really enjoyed them a lot, so I would prank call people he knew and get them going,” Hill remembers. “Caller ID really ruined the Wild West of prank phone calls.”

The woman sitting next to you might be Hill’s mom. “My mom’s probably going to take 10 flights just to collect copies of the magazine, then go wave this article around the grocery store. She’s the coolest! I’ve got the best mom in the world.”