As his fans well know, Lovecraft Country and Loki star Jonathan Majors isn’t on social media at all. But what fans might not know is why he has refused the allure of the bird app. He finally gives his answer on the HBO Max podcast, Trade Secrets.
In conversation with John Lithgow, Majors opened up about why he doesn’t love social media. In his words, social media doesn’t allow for people to get to know each other as well as they should.
“I think [regarding] the Insta-Google-Facebook-Chat-Tweet…it almost feels taboo not to be on it…For me, it’s like, the same things [that are] wrong with me are wrong with everybody else–it’s just you’ll just never know.,” he said.
“I’ll speak for my generation, and I mean this, and you can’t clap back via social media because I’m not on it–a lot of us are going short when we should be going long,” he continued. “There’s something about really playing the long game for me…I like the slow build, I like the process, I like getting to know someone. I like the search. I like the mystery of getting to know a person, getting to know an artist, getting to hunt for material, getting to discover things.”
He said he also wants to offer people the slow build of getting to know him as well.
“I too want to be in that position [and] offer that to people because how do you get to know the story about young John Lithgow and his son?” he said, referencing a conversation he and Lithgow had earlier in the podcast about family. “…You’ve got to talk to the man. To me, that’s gold. I’m gonna remember that story, not the story that’s been printed on your twitter-google-face-chat….I’m just not going to remember it. How could I? I’m going to look at another one two seconds later. That’s just how my brain works.”
Majors recently wowed audiences as He Who Remains on Loki, which is currently streaming on Disney+ and will have a second season drop sometime in 2022. At the time of the recording of Trade Secrets, Majors was filming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is expected to have a Feb. 17, 2023 release. In the film, he will be playing Kang the Conqueror, a different form of his villainous character from Loki.