Texas is a great resource of acting talent and the long list of actors who hail from here, then reach success, just got longer. Meet Glen Powell, Hollywood’s newest star on the horizon.

By Jake Gaines        Photography courtesy of archival

Austin-born Glen Powell is taking Hollywood by storm. This summer, the world will get to know the Texas actor a little better. Actually, much better when Powell steps up as a hunky co-star in Top Gun: Maverick, the much-quoted 80s action-adventure staple that’s gotten a re-boot, where he plays the son of Goose (Anthony Edwards) whose character died in the original film. But it all had to start somewhere before starring with Tom Cruise.

 Fellow Texan Richard Linklater cast Powell in another 80s buddy film homage, Everybody Wants Some! (2016). Before that he was part of the comic ensemble cast in The Expendables 3 (2014). He went on to co-star as astronaut John Glenn in Hidden Figures (2017), about the women behind NASA in the 1960s. After that, he starred in the well-received 1940s period film, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2018), where he sharpened his chops as a dashing leading man, and he’s been continually busy throughout his budding career.  

 Next up, look for Glen Powell in another fighter pilot role in Devotion, about a pair of U.S. Navy fighter pilots who risk their lives during the Korean War and become some of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. When not living the Hollywood high life with a busy career, Powell can be found with his pet Capuchin monkey, Charlie.

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