Hollywood has a long history of bespectacled stars, whether or not they have been willing to wear them in public. Is comedy superstar Seth Rogen an actor that wears glasses?
Seth Rogen has worn glasses since his youth. There are many examples of him wearing them in interviews, photoshoots, and movie appearances. One such case is in one of his earliest stand-up comedy routines, which is available online, as well as an audition tape from his teenage years.
For more on Seth Rogen’s history with glasses and how he has made them part of his style identity, keep reading.
Rogen and Glasses
Rogen has worn glasses since at least his teenage years. One of the earliest available videos of Rogen shows him performing stand-up comedy in Canada and displaying hints of the superstar he would later become.
Although he was still finding his voice (both literally and figuratively), Rogen already had the confidence or courage to undertake the notoriously difficult task of making a room full of adults laugh.
Rogen was 14 in the 1996 video, a fact he shared when the footage was shown on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Another noticeable feature of the video is the pair of spectacles Rogen wears throughout.
An even earlier 1994 video of Rogen performing at a bar shows him without glasses, so it’s possible he started wearing them in the time between the two comedy sets. It’s equally possible that he was already wearing glasses in general but simply didn’t wear them for that particular appearance.
A very early Seth Rogen audition tape, recorded in his bedroom, showed Rogen wearing similar glasses to those from his stand-up tape. It isn’t clear when this video was made, though Rogen is clearly younger than he was during his appearances on “Freaks and Geeks” as a 16-year-old.
A number of 2003 auditions for roles in “The Office” were included as extras on “The Office” season nine DVD and Blu Ray sets.
Along with a number of other actors who were not chosen for the show but have become famous since, we can see Rogen auditioning for the part of Dwight Schrute, portrayed in the series by Rainn Wilson.
We can again see Rogen wearing glasses in this audition although, since Dwight wears glasses throughout the show’s run, it’s possible this was simply a conscious decision by Rogen to look the part.
Despite making his name in Hollywood with his portrayal of slackers and stoners, Rogen’s personal style has evolved to where he can now be called well dressed.
Wearing stylish suits and other smart attire, Rogen incorporates his glasses into this more mature look.
While some in Hollywood might try to hide their impaired vision with contact lenses and never being spotted wearing glasses in public (probably an impossible task in the age of social media), Rogen has always worn his openly.
The modern Seth Rogen is stylish and confident enough to not look at all out of place next to “Long Shot” costar Charlize Theron on the red carpet. He even wore his own glasses for a number of photos in a 2019 GQ cover story.
Rogen also wears glasses in both “Neighbors” and “Neighbors 2”. His glasses in both films were semi-rimless Ray-Bans, a look that combines traditional design with modern comfort and durability.
Rogen has been seen wearing similar glasses outside of his roles, primarily in photoshoots and public appearances. In daily life, he seems less concerned with wearing expensive glasses, instead opting for a comfy (and very inexpensive) pair of Savannahs.
Seth Rogen is somebody who seemingly never tries to hide who he is, whether it’s his love of retro videogames or his support for legalized marijuana. We probably shouldn’t be surprised that he also wears his glasses with pride.