Seth Rogen has become one of those rare stars from the early 00s who have managed to successfully evolve into something the dominant comedy themes of that decade once derided: a functioning adult.
A stylish one at that, as can be seen in his latest interview with sartorial portal MR PORTER, shot by Niall O’Brien. Dressed in apparel from Dries Van Noten, Wales Bonner, Mr P., and LOEWE, Rogen’s appearance in the feature is a testament to his evolution. This sartorial choice, styled by Arnold, mirrors his journey from a comedian often typecast in a particular role to a multifaceted artist embracing a broader spectrum of creativity.
In the interview with Martha Hayes, Rogen reflects on a career that built his brand as an offbeat and often off-colour humorist. Despite a blink and you’ll miss it cameo in the cult masterpiece Donnie Darko and a starring role in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks, some might suggest Rogen almost became typecast for his work in stoner comedies Knocked Up and Zack and Miri Make a Porno and his most infamous, The Pineapple Express. But as Rogen tells Hayes, he’s acutely aware that these films are the reason he can live the life he does today and produce the kind of films and series that are winning major awards including Amazon’s The Boys and Preacher.
“We made a funny movie that everyone liked, that was massively profitable, even though we were stoned,” he summarises.
Perhaps the most fascinating evolution has been Rogen’s arrival into the world of ceramics. The 41-year-old discusses the “gloopy glaze” that has become the signature of his brand Houseplant, a reflection of his artistic expression. Rogen’s work in ceramics, an unexpected turn for fans familiar with his earlier filmography, reveals a side of him that is both creative and meticulous. His pieces, often shared on social media, display a sophisticated understanding of the craft, far removed from the stoner-comedy persona that initially defined his career.
“I was just doing it to fill a square,” he says. “But then everyone was like, ‘I love that.’ ‘That’s interesting.’ It reminded me of what happened with Pineapple Express a little bit, where people who smoked weed were like, ‘Oh, he’s putting a lot of thought into this and he’s making something nice that I like as a result of that amount of thought.’ That is always very validating and encouraging and will keep me going.”