Glen Powell Credits Oscar-Winning Actor for His Acting Career

Glen Powell shares pivotal moments from his acting career

by Zain ul Abedin
Glen Powell Credits Oscar-Winning Actor for His Acting Career
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If it weren't for Denzel Washington, Glen Powell might never have pursued acting, and the world might not know his name today. On the May 19 episode of “Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist,” Powell reflected on his early career, reminiscing about his minor roles, including playing Danger Dude in the 2006 film “The Safe Side: Internet Safety”.

“We all get our start somewhere,” Powell joked about his “Napoleon Dynamite knock-off” character. Powell, who once considered putting acting on hold, experienced a turning point after meeting Denzel Washington on the set of the 2007 historical drama “The Great Debaters”.

At the time, Powell was a high school senior. “Denzel Washington really pushed me out of the nest and said, ‘You should double down on yourself. You should give this a shot,’” Powell recalled. Years later, Powell, now a successful Hollywood actor, shared that Washington playfully takes credit for his achievements.

“I’ve seen him since. He’s like, ‘You owe me. You owe me,’” Powell said, laughing. Powell's latest film, "Anyone But You," co-starring Sydney Sweeney, has solidified his status in the industry.

According to Deadline, the rom-com has been the highest-grossing R-rated comedy domestically since 2015 and the top-grossing R-rated romantic comedy globally since 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby. Powell enjoyed working with Sweeney so much that he hinted at future collaborations.

“My agent’s going to hate me for saying this, but we are reading (scripts),” he said.

Upcoming Film Release

Fans can look forward to more from Powell soon. The "Hidden Figures" star is gearing up for the release of his next film, "Hit Man," which premieres on May 24.

In this movie, Powell portrays a professor who moonlights as a hitman for his local police department. The film is loosely based on the life of Gary Johnson, a character Powell discovered in an article in "Texas Monthly" magazine.

"Immediately I was like, 'Oh, this is a fascinating character,'" Powell said. Powell collaborated with renowned director Richard Linklater on the project, contributing as a co-writer, co-producer, and leading man. Reflecting on his journey, Powell told Geist that his success feels "surreal." "I think that’s why I’m really taking in this moment right now.

I’ve always kind of just kept my head down and kept at it. And now I’m getting to sit down with people like you and really talk about this stuff in a way that’s — yeah, it’s been really amazing and surreal," he said.

From a small-time role to Hollywood stardom, Powell's career trajectory is a testament to perseverance and the invaluable advice of a legendary mentor.