Get ready — you’re about to add a new name to your Hollywood crush list.
With a memorable role in Hidden Figures, Glen Powell is making waves in Hollywood for his combo of good looks and impressive talent. The actor, 29, stars in Netflix’s latest romcom Set It Up, with Zoey Deutch, Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu and has a long list of projects in the works that will keep him in the spotlight for months to come.
But although he’s a handsome face with a charming personality, the actor packs the double punch of also being a skilled writer and producer. Read on for all the reasons Powell is the next big thing in Hollywood.
He’s following in the footsteps of some serious heavyweights
Powell is aiming for the big leagues when it comes to goals for his career.
“I think most people that I’ve modeled my career after have had a really strong hand in the development process,” Powell says. “I’ve gotten to work with Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, we’re talking to Tom Cruise about something right now. It’s all these guys that are very influential and they know what they do and they know what they do well.”
He can also count a major heavyweight in his corner: Denzel Washington. The Oscar winner has given Powell advice in the past about starting a career as an actor and writer.
“Denzel Washington is another that’s been a mentor since I’ve moved out here,” he says. “Denzel writes and directs and produces and stars. He just goes, ‘Don’t look at the other lanes. Don’t look at what everybody else is doing. Just focus on what you do better than everybody else, and just work in that lane.’ ”
He’s working on a superhero movie with Leonardo DiCaprio that mightactually save the world
His writing career is off to an impressive start. The actor is currently writing a movie version of Captain Planet — a ’90s TV show that doubled as a way to educate kids about the environment. And he’s co-producing it with non other than environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.
“It’s really, really fun,” Powell says of the movie. “I talked to Leo about it and he phrased it perfectly, which is like, if there is a superhero movie that can actually save the world, it’s this one. It’s irreverent, it’s fun. People love superhero movies, but this one actually has potential to really open up people’s minds and heart.” [Read More]
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With Glen & Zoey announcing today the start of the press tour leading up to Set It Up release on Netflix, I decided it’s the best time to put up our new layout featuring my current favorite Glen shoot. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.
Black Label Media has optioned rights to Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice, and will make a film about the true story at the center of Adam Makos’ 2015 book about two Korean War Navy pilots — one from an affluent white New England family, the other the black son of a Mississippi sharecropper — who became two of the top pilots in U.S. history.
Glen Powell, who played John Glenn in the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, will star in the pic and develop the script with Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart, whose Black Winter made the Black List in 2014. Black Label’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill will produce, with Jon Schumacher executive producing.
Makos’ novel digs into an unexplored chapter in American combat history. Set during the Korean War in an era fraught with racial disparity, Tom Hudner decided to forgo Harvard to join the Navy, while Jesse Brown became the first black man in U.S. Naval history to become a fighter pilot. Despite their differences, an unbreakable bond was forged and the two would become known as the U.S. Navy’s most celebrated aviator duo. Powell will play Hudner. [More at Source]
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Glen attending the Mercedez-Benz Official Oscar Viewing party.
An easy-going dude from Austin, Texas, Glen Powell’s (@glenpowell) career path led him straight to Hollywood. With acting credits that include Hidden Figures, The Expendables 3 and upcoming, high-profile projects also destined to impress, the young hunk admits that his heart still belongs to Texas.
When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
When you’re fascinated by everything but have a short attention span, you’re well suited to be an actor. After seeing Top Gun, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; after Apollo 13, I wanted to be an astronaut; after Cool Runnings, I wanted to be a Jamaican bobsledder; after Braveheart, I wanted to re-liberate Scotland. After Raiders of the Lost Ark, I begged my parents to buy me a bullwhip. I carried it around everywhere. I wasn’t supposed to use it in the house, but rules are meant to be broken. There is still a chunk missing from the ceiling in my childhood bedroom.
Even though you now live in LA, you’re still a Texas cowboy at heart, aren’t you?
After shooting a role in a film called The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington, I received a call in my freshman dorm at the University of Texas from Ed Limato, Denzel’s agent at William Morris. He wanted to sit down [with me] before The Great Debaters premiered. When I met with him and his colleagues, I wore Wranglers and a cowboy hat. He asked, “Did you just get off a farm?” I said, “Well…yeah.” Since then, my style has slightly adapted to Los Angeles, so I don’t look like such a cowboy. But I’ll break out the Stetson for game days or when I’m gathering the Texans in LA for some rowdiness. I do most of my writing and relaxing in Texas, so I rarely have time to miss it too much. Whenever my jeans get too tight and the Vs in my shirt get too deep, the family calls me back to Texas before they lose me to West Coast fashion completely. [Full Interview]
Glen was in Paris a couple of days ago to attend the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week. Make sure to head to the gallery to check out the photos of Glen at the show.