Rogen is on the cover of GQ’s June/July “Summer Reads” issue, and in the interview, the 37-year-old kicked off the conversation saying creatives should be wary of falling into your own arrogance. “I think as you become successful and famous, gravity will pull you toward hubris and just trying to fly straight is not enough,” Rogen says. “You have to steer away from it. Because if you just try to go straight, you’ll get pulled into it.”
The actor went on to say that he makes sure to acknowledge when he makes mistakes and believes it’s important to have as much creative control over his projects while still allowing space for outside ideas. “I get uncomfortable when I’m involved in something, but I don’t control it from the beginning to the end.” Rogen says it’s also pertinent that filmmakers step beyond their own mind frame of thinking, using West as an example of someone who isn’t bound by social norms or traditional ideas.
“It is a fine line because I do look at Kanye, for example, and I remember the truth is at first, people were like, ‘Why you making shoes, man? Just make music,’” Rogen says. “And his shoes are great. People love them. He’s made Adidas billions of dollars. So there is something to be said for staying in your lane, but sometimes people do really great outside of their lane.”
When it comes to children, Rogen says he and his wife #LaurenMillerRogen are in no rush to start a family. “We have a dog. We like the dog a lot,” Rogen says, as he explained that while he still wants to adopt, children can often put a strain on a relationship.
“We very much like our lives, so we will continue to put it off, it seems like, for a little while…I’ve had my friends be like, “Yeah, it really was hard on our relationship.” I’m not saying we couldn’t overcome it, but, again, we really get along and have a very good dynamic. She works very hard, and a lot as well, so when we’re together, we really try to enjoy each other and hang out.”
Rogen’s full article can be read on GQ’s website.