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Featured Article: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for Men’s Health US September 2020

Men’s Health US is out with a 22-page special report: Race, Racism, and Black Men’s Health inside its September 2020 issue (out on Aug 18th), headlined by cover star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, captured by Dana Scruggs.

The actor, best known for his roles in Aquaman and Watchmen, and this fall’s upcoming Candyman and The Trial Of the Chicago 7, has spent the last few years redefining who gets to be a hero in movies and on TV. He recounts his first experience of racism, the importance of educating oneself, and the roles we all have to play in the social-justice revolution.

On experiencing feelings of rage during the pandemic and on the heels of George Floyd’s death:
“Being a black man in America means one has to learn to hoard as many resources as possible for survival. In the story of that one afternoon in Culver City, I experienced feeling loneliness, depression, frustration with system oppression, anxiety about expressing anger in a Black body, helplessness.”

On one of his first times experiencing racism:
“One of the first times I remember experiencing any kind of victimization centered on my Blackness was during my freshman year at Berkeley. I studied architecture, and for architecture students, it was common to spend the whole night working in the studio. One night, I left the studio around 1:00 a.m. to go to my dorm and get something to eat, and then I headed back to the studio to keep working. As I approached the building, there was a woman going inside, just a couple steps ahead of me, and I thought, Okay, I’m just going to have her let me in. She must have felt me walking behind her, because she began to hurry. She made it to the door, and as she was going to close it behind her, I tried to go in after her. She turned around and pulled on the door and wouldn’t let me in. She said, “Stop, you don’t belong here.”

As we stood on either side of the door, still slightly open, I went to pull out my ID—to say, Look, I’m a student, too. She said, “I’m gonna call the police and tell them that you’re trying to rape me.” I pulled the door open, and she began running and screaming at the top of her lungs, “Help! Help! He’s trying to rape me!” It’s 1:00 a.m., and I’m trying to get her to be quiet, but she’s still screaming, so I just stopped and let her walk. I knew there was no rationalizing with this person. Two minutes later, I walked up to the studio and sat down at a computer. I saw her across the room, but she wouldn’t make eye contact.

The campus police came in, because she called them. They asked her to step out to talk, and then they called me out to ask what happened. They apologized and left. What more could they do? I went back to my computer to work, and I remember being so angry that I cried. It was frustrating. I deserved to be there. Period. That was my reminder that even if I did everything right—played the game by the book—some things in life would be unavoidable. Because I was Black.

I was 18 years old. I did the only thing I knew to do. I cried, and I swallowed that shit.” (source)

Featured Article: Liam Hemsworth for Men’s Health US May 2020

The actor shares how he’s transitioning into his 30s, after his 20s ended with his house burning down, surgery for a kidney stone, and the tabloids descending on his personal life. But with a new streaming series on QuibiMost Dangerous Game – and training plan, the Aussie is feeling stronger than ever.

On the lessons from his 20s that he’s excited to bring into his 30s:
“Appreciating the little things. It’s something I always try to remind myself to do, especially in times that maybe things aren’t going the way I planned or the way I wanted things to go. Appreciating what I do have and searching for things that make me happy and things that make me a better person…”

On what he’s found during that search:
“Honestly, the past six months…I’d say exercise and fitness is a big thing for me to just feel balanced and levelheaded. I went into a job [Most Dangerous Game] at the end of last year that was extremely physical. I spent most of the project running and getting beaten up. It was just brutal. I leaned out a lot. Running is so jarring. Your knees, your ankles, your lower back. After that I teamed up with Jason Walsh, who owns Rise Nation in West Hollywood. We do high-intensity stuff, a mix of calisthenics, sled pulls, sled pushes, and lots and lots of free weights.”

On looking up to older brother Chris Hemsworth:
“I really look up to my brother Chris. I’ve worked with a lot of people that have been in really great positions in the past 11 years, and Chris has a stronger work ethic than most. He’s so focused. I’m thankful that I have him and am able to use his resources and his knowledge. I call him all the time
about scripts and get his opinion. ‘Should I do this? Should I do that?’ We’re looking to do a film this year together, which is like a big action-comedy thing.” Image courtesy of The Riker Brothers for Men’s Health. (source)

Featured Article: Kumail Nanjiani for Men’s Health US April 2020

Kumail Nanjiani shocked the internet last year when he revealed photos of a major body transformation leading up to his starring role in The Eternals. Now, the 41-year-old actor and writer covers the April 2020 issue of Men’s Health US, on stands March 17th.

On becoming part of the Marvel universe like fellow comedians Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, which included turning down supporting parts in other comic-book projects: “It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of the Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero.’”

Emily V. Gordon on reactions after Kumail shared photos of his new body with the world: “Half the messages I got that day were from people being like, ‘Hey, I want to have sex with your husband, and the other half were from people making sure I was okay with my husband’s naked body being everywhere. It took a very private thing from our lives and made it incredibly public. And all I could be was really proud, because he looked amazing.”

On reframing his workout philosophy, after initially dreading the 1-hour drive to his Beverly Hills gym and the intense fitness regimen responsible for his The Eternals body: “Today, I drove to that gym and five minutes into my workout, my mood brightened. I love it.”

On his own mixed personal feelings after going public with his new physique: “I don’t want to discount people who genuinely have debilitating body issues. I don’t have that. But I did start getting some body dysmorphia. I’d look in the mirror and I’d see my abs – and when I looked again, they would fade. I would just see the flaws.”

On how Instagram and comments from fans helped him to go easier on himself: “When I saw that reaction was when I was like, ‘Okay, I clearly don’t see what’s actually there.’ It’s something I’m trying to be aware of and be better at, because that’s not a good way to be. You want to be easy on yourself.” Images courtesy of Emily Shur for Men’s Health. (source)

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