Glen Powell

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Glen Powell
Powell in 2016
Born (1988-10-21) October 21, 1988 (age 35)
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (in progress)[1]
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present

Glen Thomas Powell Jr. (born October 21, 1988)[2] is an American actor. He began his career with guest roles on television and small roles in films such as Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and Fast Food Nation (2006). He had lead roles in the comedy-horror series Scream Queens (2015–2016), the teen comedy Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) and the romantic comedy Set It Up (2018), and portrayed John Glenn in the biographical drama Hidden Figures (2016).

Powell gained wider recognition for his supporting role in the action film Top Gun: Maverick (2022), and his leading roles in the romantic comedy Anyone but You (2023) and the action comedy Hit Man (2023).[3]

Early life and education

Glen Thomas Powell Jr. was raised in Austin, Texas, along with two sisters.[4] He is the son of Glen Powell Sr., an executive coach, and Cyndy, a homemaker.[5] He has paternal Lipka Tatar ancestry, from a great-great-grandfather Mustapha (a.k.a. Stephen) Chutsky.[6] Powell graduated from Westwood High School in northwest Austin in 2007, where he played high school football and lacrosse.[7][8] He attended the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin but left before finishing his degree. He initially expected to complete the requirements in spring 2024, but after his career limited his time commitments, he moved his goal to 2025.[9][10]

Career

Early work (2003–2017)

Powell's acting career began at age 13 while working with Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.[11] In 2007, before his first year of college, Powell landed a role in The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.[12][13][14] Washington introduced him to agent Ed Limato, who encouraged Powell to move to Los Angeles. After moving to the city, Powell stayed with a friend of the family, and he later described struggling during this period to get roles, including failed auditions for Friday Night Lights, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Longest Ride.[10][15] However, he saw some success with small credits in television series, including Into the West, Jack & Bobby, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Without a Trace, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Lying Game. He also had minor parts in The Dark Knight Rises and Stuck in Love.[16]

Powell in 2016 at the premiere of Hidden Figures at the Toronto International Film Festival

Powell began receiving larger roles in feature films around 2014. He played a hacker in The Expendables 3, an action movie that starred several well-known stars and that reunited Powell with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas. Powell later recounted asking Stallone for advice while filming on how to succeed in Hollywood.[17] Powell next took minor roles in the comedies Sex Ed and Ride Along 2. During this period, he also had a main role in the first season of the television show Scream Queens and a recurring role in the second season.[18] In March 2016, he co-starred as Finnegan in Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to Dazed & Confused, which was filmed in Austin, Texas and released by Paramount.[19] Later that year, Powell played astronaut John Glenn in the biographical drama Hidden Figures.[20] In 2017, he had a minor role as Sergeant Dylan Chutsky in the Netflix film Sand Castle.[21]

Top Gun: Maverick and expansion (2018–present)

In 2018, Powell starred opposite Zoey Deutch in the romantic comedy Set it Up.[22] The movie was released on Netflix. Powell reflected in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he started getting more calls from contacts in the film industry after the movie's release,[23] and Jake Greenburg of The Guardian commented that it was the "first movie wise enough to let [Powell] take up real space".[24] Later that year, Powell joined the cast of Top Gun: Maverick.[25] He had initially auditioned for the role of Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, but the part went to Miles Teller. However, Powell's performance during the audition impressed producers, who offered him the role of Jake "Hangman" Seresin. Powell was reluctant to take the role because he viewed the character as underdeveloped. A call from Tom Cruise, the star of the film, convinced Powell to accept the part, with Cruise offering him greater control over the character.[15][26] The film was delayed multiple times due to the pandemic, but it turned into a "breakout role" for Powell upon its release in May 2022.[23]

Powell worked as a voice actor in the animated film Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood, which premiered in March 2022.[27] He then played naval officer Tom Hudner in the biographical war film, Devotion. The film, which Powell executive produced, received positive reviews when released in November 2022, but it was a box-office bomb.[28] He next co-starred with Sydney Sweeney in the romantic comedy Anyone but You, which emerged as a sleeper hit.[29] Around its release in December 2023, the film generated buzz because of speculation about a potential off-screen romance between Powell and Sweeney, although the two stars later admitted that the appearance of a real-life relationship was part of a marketing strategy.[30] Powell remarked to The New York Times: "That's people wanting what's on the screen off the screen, and sometimes you just have to lean into it a bit".[31]

Powell co-wrote the script of the romantic action comedy Hit Man with director Richard Linklater.[32] Several critics praised Powell's performance. Alissa Wilkinson of The New York Times called it a "genuine star-clinching turn" for Powell,[33] while Sophie Butcher of Empire wrote that he "announces himself as a movie star and a filmmaking force to be reckoned with".[34] Hit Man was released on Netflix in June 2024.[35][36]

Powell will next star in the disaster film Twisters, which will release in July 2024.[37] He will then star in Huntington, written and directed by John Patton Ford.[38][39]

Personal life

Powell started dating model Gigi Paris in 2019; their breakup became public in April 2023.[40][41] Powell is a licensed pilot. Tom Cruise, his co-star in Top Gun: Maverick, paid for him to attend flight school.[42] Powell has declared himself a devout superfan of the Texas Longhorns.[43]

Filmography

Key
Denotes works that have not yet been released

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Long-Fingered Boy
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Paper Boy Travis
2006 Fast Food Nation Steve
2007 The Great Debaters Preston Whittington
2009 Jumping Off Bridges Eric Turner
The Hottest State John Jaegerman
2012 J.A.W. Aiden
The Dark Knight Rises Trader #1
Stuck in Love Good Looking Frat Guy
2013 Best Friends Forever Nick
Red Wing Francis Riley
2014 The Expendables 3 Thorn
Sex Ed JT
2015 Wind Walkers Sonny Childe
2016 Misconduct Doug Fields
Ride Along 2 Troy
Everybody Wants Some!! Walt "Finn" Finnegan
Hidden Figures John Glenn
2017 Sand Castle Sergeant Dylan Chutsky
2018 The Bad Guys Whit
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mark Reynolds
Set It Up Charlie Young
2022 Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood Bostick
Top Gun: Maverick Lieutenant Jake "Hangman" Seresin
Devotion Tom Hudner Also executive producer
2023 Hit Man Gary Johnson Also writer and producer[44]
Anyone but You Ben
2024 The Blue Angels Documentary film; producer
Twisters Tyler Owens Post-production[45]
TBA Huntington TBA Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Endurance Himself / Contestant Episode: "Drop-Out"
2004 Jack & Bobby Rich Wolf Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Into the West Jackson Wheeler Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
2008 Without a Trace Brett Farnsworth Episode: "True/False"
2009 CSI: Miami Logan Crawford Season 7 Episode 12: "Head Case"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Graham Randall Episode: "Remember Me"
2012 The Lying Game Gavin Turner Episode: "No Country for Young Love"
NCIS Evan Westcott 2 episodes
2015–2016 Scream Queens Chad Radwell Main role (season 1); recurring (season 2); 16 episodes
2017 All Hail King Julien Trent (dolphin) Voice; 3 Episodes
2020–2022 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Dave Voice; Recurring (seasons 1 & 5); Guest (season 2)
2023 Rick and Morty Kwyatt Voice; Episode: "Wet Kuat Amortican Summer"
2024 Saturday Night Live Himself Cameo; Episode: "Sydney Sweeney/Kacey Musgraves"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hidden Figures Won [46]
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award Honored [47]
2023 Austin Film Critics Association Special Honorary Award Top Gun: Maverick, Apollo 10-1/2, Devotion Won [48]
Online Film and Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance: Male Top Gun: Maverick Nominated [49]
2024 People's Choice Awards Comedy Movie Star Anyone but You Nominated [50]

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