HIT MAN Stars Glen Powell and Adria Arjona Cover INSTYLE NOW Magazine

Posted on May 29, 2024


Glen Powell and Adria Arjona know what’s hot: sex scenes, insecurity, and reality TV. For the latest cover of INSTYLE NOW–a new iteration of INSTYLE that celebrates the people, projects, and topics that embody the moment–the stars of HIT MAN Glen Powell and Adria Arjona share the inspiration behind their sex scenes, their struggles with imposter syndrome, and how THE BACHELOR and LOVE IS BLIND are the ultimate “palate cleansers.” Powell also opens up about wanting to end up like Matt Damon and Tom Hanks. 




On sex scenes – making a mood board and making them ‘sparkle’: 

GP: “So Adria did this really, really smart thing, where she would print out— we would send images to each other of things we found to be hot and sexy. And so we would talk out these sex scenes and these images and these poses and these moments. And what I think makes this movie really sexy is that these are things that are striking and hot and emotional, but they’re really things that we [came up with] together as co-stars.”

AA: “That was really beautiful that they allowed me to have a space to bring something that I feel comfortable with and wanted to do on-screen.”

GP: “The more time we spent together, which was pretty much all day, every day and very late nights, we became more comfortable with these moments. There was no awkwardness around these conversations. It did feel like the ideal version of going to work as an actor: Hey, we’re going to play with our friends. Let’s just have the best time ever. Especially in this environment, with these scenes; there’s a lot of eyeballs on these sex scenes, right? There’s a lot of people that are trying to determine what is sexy, what is appropriate. And the fact that Adria gave Rick and I the ability to say, ‘Hey, we want your ownership over this thing,’ and she was like—”

AA: “I got it.”

GP: “’Full tilt baby, I got this.’ It really made the movie sparkle in a way that would not have been possible without her.”

Powell on having imposter syndrome while co-writing Hit Man:

“This is one where there was a lot of that imposter syndrome that I think comes right before you start. Where you convince a great filmmaker—one of the best—to write a movie with you. You raise the money, you get an incredible actress, you con everybody on the way to joining this ride, and then you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ You know what I mean? I think this was maybe the most nervous I’ve ever been going into a project.”

“If you have an ego enough where you go into a project being like, I’m hot shit, you’re probably going to fuck it up.”

On Powell thinking insecurity is a good thing:

GP: “I think it’s good—insecurity.”

AA: “I know, Glen, but it’s exhausting. I call my lawyer five days before every movie. I’m like, ‘Get me out. Get me out. I fooled them again. I did it again.’”

GP: “There’s an interesting thing about it, because you come from a place where you really want to be good for people. You don’t want to let people down. It’s a good thing because it means you’re going to do everything you possibly can. If you feel too safe going into something, I think it’s a bad thing. If you feel too deserving of something, I think it’s bad.”

Arjona and Powell on their favorite comfort TV shows: The Bachelor and Love Is Blind:

GP: “I feel like the most consistent thing with actors… Everybody thinks that [actors] do this most intense dramatic shit and what you want to watch is intense dramatic shit. It’s like, No, [I want] ‘The Bachelor.’”

AA: Yeah. I want to put on Love Is Blind.

GP: Love Is Blind. That’s probably the most watched [show by actors].

AA: “Because I think the more you work, funny enough, the more caved-in you get. You’re going from set to set, and, yes, you’re meeting all these beautiful people and kind of creating families wherever you go. But you don’t get to people-watch as much.”


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