Glen Powell is MEN’S HEALTH December Cover Star!

Posted on November 16, 2023


Hype is swirling around Glen Powell, the star of Anyone But You. He has earned this attention just by being Glen Powell—pleasant, talented, funny, motivated Glen Powell—but he has other things on his mind. Photographed with his new rescue pup, Brisket, for MEN’S HEALTH’s December issue cover story, the friendly, intelligent and profoundly grounded Powell opens up about entering a complex new stratum of his career, getting in the best shape of his life, making great movies, and maybe even…finding love? Plus, in MEN’S HEALTH “Gym & Fridge” cover video, Glen takes us through at his Los Angeles home gym and fridge, sharing the diet and fitness routines he uses to stay in shape.




On how his co-star Tom Cruise helped him get into character, unapologetic about his swagger, for his Top Gun: Maverick role:

“We would watch movies and talk about certain actors… He was like, You as a person are very apologetic. You don’t want to hurt people, you want to treat people well, you apologize even when you don’t need to. You can’t have any of that in your eyes.”

On his small eyes, which he used to be concerned about but now thinks may be his most recognizable feature:

“There was an era of actors back in the day who just all had these squinty eyes. It was like the cowboy films—the tough, steely-eyed guys.”

On how he describes the subtle shift of only recently starting to feel like a star:

“Just like the weather has changed a little bit.”

On the frenzied analysis of his photos with Anyone But You co-star Sydney Sweeney in Australia:

“When all that stuff happened, you know, publicly, it felt disorienting and unfair. But what I’m realizing is that’s just a part of this gig now.”

On realizing that certain foods and habits make him feel like sh*t:

“I can eat so much, and I think just for me, on a health level, it’s not necessarily taking the fun out of your life; it’s just riding the brake. Because I can go nuts if I want to.”

On how his recognizability makes dating more fraught than you might think, with the logistics of meeting people among the “little checkpoints where the world has shifted a few degrees”:

“If you talk to a girl or something like that, and you’re like, We have a really great connection, we’re having a really great interaction, and then they ask you for a selfie, it’s like, Oh. . .

On being a bit nomadic—driving between Los Angeles, visiting family in Austin, and various movie sets—and why he prefers “being a little uncomfortable and not letting roots grow too deep”:

“I just don’t think drinking the water of any one place for too long is healthy.”

On adopting rescue dog, Brisket, over the summer:

“That’s why I became a dog dad. I needed to put love into something. I saw Brisket’s face and fell in love.”

 On how logistics of his career can feel like an obstacle to dating, and wanting to meet someone with patience for his lifestyle:

“I think that’s the thing that has been on my mind the most recently. When the sun is shining, you gotta make hay. And you gotta chase this while you got it. And on a romantic level, you gotta find a teammate who is down for that adventure, down for that uncertainty, down for that thing. It’s a lot to deal with. Honestly, I really try to be a great partner. When I love, I love hard. I also understand that the speed and uncertainty of my life is a very hard thing to put up with.”

On the challenges of being a people pleaser:

“What I’m realizing right now is that you have to give yourself grace for not responding to everybody right away, and not texting everybody back, and not having to be there at every single thing. Because I was known for saying yes to three dinners in a night. I would go to a five o’clock, a seven o’clock, a nine o’clock. I would just try to make everybody happy.”

 On what he thinks those who extol his “leading-man qualities” are referring to:

“What is a leading man? What is a leading woman? I don’t know—it’s not a thing. It’s just people who continue to work.”


The December issue of Men’s Health hits newsstands nationwide on November 21.


[Photo Credit: AB+DM for Men’s Health Magazine]

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