Kumail Nanjiani got obsessed with his body. Kumail Nanjiani hasn’t been in his new body for long, as he only debuted his transformed physique on Instagram less than two years ago. But the 43-year-old is admitting that already his eight-pack abs have changed his mentality when it comes to fitness, as he’s become fixated with his appearance and stats.
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“It’s very easy to get obsessed with that number on the scale,” the Silicon Valleyactor shared in an interview for Vulture. “It’s a tough thing. It’s deceiving. You become obsessed with it. I certainly have, and for me, it’s not great to weigh myself every day. I could tell you what I weigh today.”
During the conversation, Nanjiani readily shared that he weighed 163.4 on that very day. “If I could change something, I would love to not have to think about that,” he said.
For many men, this type of awareness doesn’t seem unusual, as Nanjiani ties it to toxic masculinity — something that he’s spoken about previously and reflects on with Vulture as well. “I’ve been more keyed into this masculinity stuff,” he said. “I started following a lot of bodybuilders on Instagram. I think about it more, and it has never seemed … more pathetic. It’s really like, oh, all of our problems basically come from men not feeling their feelings.”
This sense of masculinity is something that the Pakistani-native explained he hadn’t related to much before because of the lack of emphasis on his body. Instead, he was hyper-focused on his personality, which landed him in comedy. “I felt like I’d discovered a superpower,” he said of being labeled “the funny one” in college. “It wasn’t until then that I realized I was worth anything.”
Once in Hollywood, Nanjiani was forced to solely rely on his humor as he booked roles that often made his character the subject of comedic relief. In Silicon Valley specifically he recalled being unhappy about his characterization as the “ugly” cast mate.
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