By Ashleigh Stevenson and James Mottram

Family is very important to Texas born and bred actor Glen Powell, who stars in the new drama, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Speaking with FilmInk, he explains that his parents have a cameo in their sons’ new film. “There’s a scene at the embassy, I’m talking to the Ambassadors of America and London and that’s who I’m talking to at the beginning of the scene where she’s like looking up at the balloon. They’re these two raucous, rowdy people that are laughing hysterically, so that’s those two people,” he points to his parents who along with his manager sit in on the interview.

Glen likes to keep his family on set with him in some shape or form every time he is doing a movie, and on this particular one, they were treated like A-listers. “…production got them their own trailers, they had what was the hair and make up person that did Elton John.”

Glen’s parents even got recognised by people in the street. “…we were walking to the British Museum and all of a sudden two people go ‘are you the Powells?’ And they went up to them [Glen’s parents] and go ‘were you in Guernsey?’ And they’re like [Glen’s parents] ‘yeah’ …. they’re like ‘oh sorry we had lunch with you, we were also extras that day, you were really nice to us.” And they’re like [to Glen], ‘oh were you in the movie as well?’

“It’s nice, they’ve been supportive from the very get go and it’d be a tough business without that support because it can feel like you’re sailing through space alone and just hoping that you’re not screwing up somebody’s piece of art.”

Starting off in the biz through the regular route of acting in short films and guesties on shows such as NCIS and CSI, along with a more recent turn in Scream Queens, Glen Powell’s goal has always been to act in movies, which he is now doing regularly after standout turns in Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures and now the love interest opposite Lily James (his parents’ new favourite leading lady) in The Guernsey Literary and Peel Pie Society.

“I didn’t really grow up on watching a whole lot of TV because my parents wouldn’t really let me watch a whole lot of TV growing up. I got to sneak Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it was one of my favourites, but I grew up watching great movies. My dada and I would spend weekends, we’d start in a movie theatre and eat a big breakfast and just stay in the movie theatre all day and just watch all these movies. I don’t know if I’m going to do another TV show any time soon. I like reinventing things from the ground up, I love trying to figure out what makes a character tick and how they breathe and how they walk and what they wear.”

Not content to just act, Glen Powell is also developing projects, the latest of which is an adaptation of Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice.

“I don’t know if you can just be a guy that shows up and says the lines, because they’re not making movie stars roles anymore, so you have to create them yourself,” says Powell.

Devotion is about a white pilot [to be played by Powell] and the first African American naval pilot who, in this period of racial tension, end up becoming best friends and wingmen for each other. The black guy gets shot down by enemy lines in North Korea, during the Korean War and a white pilot crash lands his plane to save him.

“I’m also working with Channing Tatum on something that I wrote,” Powell continues.

“We’re doing it with [Imagine Entertainment’s] Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and then Channing, who came onto it because it’s very much his sensibility, so we took it to him and so he’s producing it as well and starring in it with me.”

We wonder if it’s Captain Planet, so ask Powell what sort of uniform he gets to wear in this one after donning an astronaut suit as John Glenn in Hidden Figures and a pilot’s uniform in Devotion… but he ain’t biting.

If I told you what it is, it’s even more ‘ridic’; yeah I can’t tell you what it is because it would give away the thing I’m doing with Channing… but it’s pretty crazy.”

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is in cinemas from April 19, 2018.

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