“Barry” Star Bill Hader Opens Up on Anxiety, Fashion, and Being Vulnerable for InStyle Magazine

Posted on November 14, 2019

Bill Hader is featured in InStyle’s December issue. The Emmy-winning actor discusses being an introvert at heart, all while the Internet declares him an “unlikely sex symbol.”



On his understanding of fashion: “When I was growing up in Oklahoma, clothes were never a thing I thought of. I don’t know designers. I mean, I got a Dior suit for the Emmys, and I remember a friend of mine was like, ‘Oh, who are you wearing to the Emmys?’ And I was like, ‘It’s D-I-O-R.’ I couldn’t pronounce it.”

On finding out that people were ‘thirsting for him’ online: “I didn’t know what that meant. They’re what? At the what? I don’t understand it at all. I think it’s good to have humility, but I might have…too much of it.”

On opening up about anxiety in a recent personal YouTube video: “I never thought of it as any sort of stigma. It was just a thing I had to work through. When I realized how bad my anxiety was, I went online to look for help, but none of it was hitting the way I was feeling. So it was kind of like, ‘Well, if someone’s feeling the way I am, maybe [the video] will help them, especially young people.’”

On using his comedic talents to be comfortable with others: “When I am ‘on’ a lot, I’ve learned, it’s because I’m nervous and I’m wanting the room to be filled with friends, so if people start laughing, I’m like, ‘OK, I’m in a room with friends.’ And then I can kind of relax and be vulnerable or mess up.”


December issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Nov. 22.


[Photo Credit: Beau Grealy/InStyle Magazine]

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