He may or nay not be a killer wearing a devil mask, but one thing Glen Powell is for sure is one of the best things about FOX’s “Scream Queens.” As Chad Radwell, the fancy frat boyfriend of Chanel (Emma Roberts), Powell is ready to make his mark, while possibly stabbing his way through college. Whether he’s the killer or not, chances are Chad is the coolest guy at Wallace University. Before enrolling in “Scream Queens,” you may have seen Powell in “The Expendables 3” or on episodes of “Rizzoli & Isles” and “CSI Miami.”
For now, get to know him in the Q&A below and make sure you follow him on Twitter — @glenpowell.
What are your can’t-miss TV shows?
I didn’t grow up with cable in my house – just a black and white TV with four channels, so I didn’t grow up on television. My dad and I would hang out in the movie theater all day and do triple-features. I grew up on movies. But the industry has shifted and the juiciest roles and some of the best writing is on television. So I am trying to catch up on the greatest shows of all time. I just finished “Breaking Bad,” some of the best writing or acting I’ve ever seen on TV or film. I’m about to tackle “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men.” Guilty pleasures include “Impractical Jokes” and “Scare Tactics.” Jamie Lee Curtis and I are currently watching Niecy Nash on “Getting On.” It’s a masterclass in dramedy done to perfection. It makes me happy when my friends are talented.
What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
As a southern boy, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show sends a healthy amount of sentimentality through my veins. My go-to Karaoke song is Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.” And of course if I pump that song, “The Carlton Dance” must be included … But truly the happiest is hearing my little sister Leslie Powell sing. She is crushing it as a singer-songwriter in Nashville; she’s an unbelievable talent. She’s Colbie Caillat meets Norah Jones with a hauntingly powerful voice that can bring the strongest of men to tears.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
“Let it Go” from Frozen. Technically I should be embarrassed, but I’m not. I sing it loudly as I run through the gym pretending I’m turning all the haters into icicles. So yeah, that’s my life. Still wanna hang out?
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Alien invasion for sure. I know too much about zombies. I know their weaknesses, how to build a proper fortress, weapons of decapitation, etc. Aliens — that’s a broad term. Big, bald, longer-fingered aliens, aliens that can inhabit your body, ones that look like cockroaches, or super sexy aliens. Seems like a challenge. I’m a big sci-fi fan and I’ve always wanted to save the world. This is my chance. Bring on the sexy aliens!
What’s the last item you purchased?
A football to throw around with the guys on the crew. I am having the time of my life shooting “Scream Queens.” We’ve been down in New Orleans since March and the show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on television. Funny, twisted, dark, sexy, and unrelenting. Back home, I normally have guys to talk shop and hang with, but when you are surrounded by the most feminine of women all day every day in a sorority house… I feel like I’m currently running low on testosterone in my life. Therefore, at least buying balls and running routes with the grips around trailers makes me feel like I haven’t lost them completely.
Do you have any current pop-culture obsessions?
Some people are big on cat videos. Not my thing. Prank videos — that’s my jam.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I tore my ACL playing lacrosse in the Texas vs.Texas A&M game. It ended my competitive lacrosse career, but post-surgery it definitely didn’t sideline me for too long. I coached lacrosse, football, and basketball when I first moved to L.A. Now my workout is Muay Thai. Fighting is in my family and obviously spending lots of time with the cast of “Expendables 3” only fueled that fire. Probably not good for avoiding injuries, but none of the best things are.
Do you have any nicknames?
Boom Boom. In sports they call you by your last name — Powell. Nobody in Texas can say both syllables, so it just became Pow. Then people started calling me Boom Boom Pow .. which eventually turned into Boom Boom.
Your first kiss — who and when?
Her name was Keetin. She lived in North Carolina but I met her in Mexico. I flew up with some friends to Chapel Hill to see her, and the best part is that everyone around took it upon themselves to make the trip an ultimate mission to secure my first kiss. Like Ocean’s Eleven, but with lips – like crowd-sourcing love. Supportive friends who wanted to see my lips taken on their first test drive. It was freshman year of high school. A little late, but I nailed it on the first try (I’d had plenty of practice on my arm and hand for years). I left with swagger. I flew back to see her again. I had such a good time on my first kissing excursion that I got a little too excited the next time and almost broke her nose. I don’t want to scare everyone off here. I’ve kissed a few times since then with very, very few trips to the emergency room or casualties…so you could say I’m the Most Improved Player on this Kissing Team.
What’s the worst place you have ever been to?
I went to an Apocalypse-themed church camp one time. I got sent to hell. That was pretty bad. Watching the same apocalypse-informational video on loop all night while sitting on concrete, and eating nothing but saltine crackers (yeah, you better pray hard or pay the consequences!) So, I decided that hell wasn’t for me, and I led a rebellion among the camp sinners they also sent to hell. I wouldn’t say I’m a bad boy, but one could argue I’m the baddest boy at church camp.
What’s your spirit animal?
A Jigglypuff (that’s a Pokémon for all you kids who were cool in Elementary school.)
What was the last lie you told?
Trust me. I’m a doctor.
Do you have any strange phobias?
I think I grew up around so many cousins packed into such a small space that I never had the luxury of becoming scared of anything. We were always daring each other to do stupid things and enthusiastically accepting. There was never personal space, the five-second-rule for floor food became an ever-growing number, and bloody and bruised was a state of body and mind. I guess I’m scared of boredom.
Air guitar or hairbrush singer?
Given that I don’t have a whole lot of musical talent, I never was able to recruit anybody to join my Air Band. So I am lead vocal on the brush, lead air guitar, spastastic on the Air Drums, and I even drive the Air Stream Tour Bus. I’ve always faked it ‘til I’ve made it.
Who is your last text message from?
I shot a movie that comes out April 15 called “Everybody Wants Some.” Richard Linklater, who also directed Boyhood, calls it his spiritual sequel to his cult classic, “Dazed & Confused.” It is about a college baseball team in 1980. Muscle cars, an epic soundtrack, and the most glorious mustaches this side of Tom Selleck. I’ve never had such a blast making a movie. And you will never have more fun watching a movie. Richard Linklater cast an entire team of my new best friends. Since shooting the movie, we are all on an inappropriate group text that deserves its own movie.
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?
“I once tried to talk earnestly with some twenty-something urbanites about hunting in the wetlands, but it was like looking through a telescope from the wrong direction — something beautiful just ended up looking small and warped.”
– “Born on the Bayou” by Blaine Lourd
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter. I love a clear protagonist and antagonist. It feels basic, but meaningful. There is strategy, danger, living chemistry, and everyday you are making a difference. I’m a big believer in always trying to give more than you take. I’m not sure there is a more valiant job throwing your life into danger in order to save another. The only thing more heroic is being a mother. And that occupation doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
The family ranch in Texas.
Is there a celebrity that you have met and been starstruck by?
I’m not really one to get starstruck. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and tons of Hollywood heavyweights, but it was the guy who played Sanka from one of my all-time favorite movies, “Cool Runnings” (yes, Jamaica has a bobsled team), that made me freeze up. Pun intended. I also met Christopher Lloyd, the guy who played Doc Brown in “Back to the Future,” at the valet at Chateau Marmont, and unfortunately he does not drive a DeLorean. So yea, I guess that particular celebrity run-in ruined my childhood.
What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?
DVDs and my laptop (for movies), Scientific American magazine (for my brain), and a deck of cards (to do magic with strangers).
What’s your favorite beverage?
Butterfinger Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Does that count as a beverage? Do I need to grow up?
What food can you not resist?
Being raised in Texas, there was no way to escape becoming a barbecue connoisseur and expert. Every special occasion I have an excuse to call a special occasion, I go out to The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas outside of Austin. All-you-can-eat barbecue smoked for hours, with sauce you can drink, live music, and a BYOB policy. Not particularly good for the body, but great for the soul.
What do your friends make fun of you for?
I am extremely organized in my professional life, but I’ve never been a fan of over-structuring my personal life, because I believe the best things in life surprise you. When you keep your eyes open and your heart young, you don’t need to plan. I know they see me like that street performer who is playing guitar with a harmonica strapped to his neck, cymbals on his knees, and tap shoes on his feet. I love a busy life. But that also means I’m all over the place and sometimes start another task before finishing the previous one. My roommates always make fun of me for the calls, “Hey, I’m on my way to something now, but I left a chicken in the oven, mind taking it out in about ten minutes?” They say I can’t say no. I try to do everything all the time. If it can lead to an adventure, I’m in. But that also makes for adventures in scheduling. Yes, I’m unpredictable, but I promise I’m fun.
What clique did you belong to in high school?
I was an athlete (football and lacrosse) so I had my teammates, I was the president of a business club and a leadership club so I had those friends, and I hung out with friends from other schools. My best friend at our rival school and I would film music videos and stunt videos on the weekends. So, I wouldn’t necessarily say I had a clique. I was a floater. I’m still that way in my life. I try to hang out with people who have a variety of interests, beliefs, and backgrounds. Cliques make you sedentary. My ultimate clique is my family back in Texas, and it’s less of a clique and more of a posse or a gang of scoundrels.