Jonah Hill explains why he wanted his character Don’t Look Up to wear a Hermès Birkin bag

DON’T LOOK FOR (left to right) JONAH HILL as JASON ORLEAN, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, MERYL STREEP as PRESIDENT JANIE ORLEAN, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY

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Jonah Hill’s character Jason Orlean in Don’t look up made a fashion statement by sporting a highly sought-after Hermès Birkin handbag in the film. But viewers might be surprised to learn that the luxury accessory wasn’t written into the script by the film’s writers — it was actually Hill himself who improvised the styling moment.

Hill, who plays the son of President Janie Orlean’s chief of staff (Meryl Streep), thought the Birkin bag would be a subtle reminder of how Jason “worships his mother.”

“He’s in a suit because he works at the White House, but I gave him a Birkin because he’s kind of impersonating his mom,” the 38-year-old actor said. O Magazine.

“A lot of these people worship their dad, and I thought it was cool that he worships his mom,” Hill continued. “He always calls his mom a ‘total rock star.’ Isn’t that great?”

MERYL STREEP as PRESIDENT JANIE ORLEAN, LONNIE FARMER as HELP #1, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR.  RANDALL MINDY, ROB MORGAN as DR.  CLAYTON “TEDDY” OGLETHROPE, JONAH HILL as JASON ORLEAN, RICHARD DONELLY as HELP #2

MERYL STREEP as PRESIDENT JANIE ORLEAN, LONNIE FARMER as HELP #1, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, ROB MORGAN as DR. CLAYTON “TEDDY” OGLETHROPE, JONAH HILL as JASON ORLEAN, RICHARD DONELLY as HELP #2

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Working with the star-studded cast of Don’t look up was a special experience for Hill. And even he admits he was a little smitten with Streep when they started the project.

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“Of course. I was definitely [starstruck] when I met Meryl. I may have shook his hand a couple of times,” Hill said.

Once he got to know Streep, they immediately hit it off. “Then, like, right away, we had to have a super close dynamic. I was excited. She’s so awesome: as a person, as a professional, as an artist,” Hill explained. “She was there rehearsing after I left. She was there before me. She’s like in beast mode all the time, and cool. We were talking a lot and hanging out, so the bullying goes away pretty quickly.”

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The plot of Don’t look up, which hit Netflix on December 24, deals with the impending end of the world, in which Michigan State graduate astronomy student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers a deadly new comet heading towards Earth, with a probability of close to 100%. wipe out the planet in six months.

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NASA’s Professor Dr. Randall Mindy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), Dibiasky and Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan) attempt to warn President Janie Orlean (Streep) and her Jason Orlean (Hill) of the catastrophic level event .

Since the doomsday disaster film debuted on Netflix, it has broken a record for the streaming service when it racked up the most hours watched in a single week (from December 27 to December 2). January) with 152.29 million hours streamed worldwide. Netflix has confirmed the new record to PEOPLE. In its first week of release, the film pulled in 111.03 million viewing hours and debuted in Netflix’s top 10 in 94 countries.

It is now the third most-watched film of all time on the platform (within a film’s first 28 days) behind those of 2018. bird box and last year’s red notice, according to Netflix counts.

Don’t look up is now streaming on Netflix.