Top Gun actor Glen Powell makes the decision to leave California for Texas, labeling Hollywood as a ‘fake world akin to The Matrix’

Top Gun actor Glen Powell makes the decision to leave California for Texas, labeling Hollywood as a ‘fake world akin to The Matrix’

Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell revealed Matthew McConaughey convinced him to leave Tinseltown and return to his hometown of Austin, Texas.

Like many other stars that have left California, including Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts Nicole Kidman and Amanda Seyfried, the 35-year-old actor revealed he made the decision for more privacy and to be closer to his parents.

The Hollywood hunk, who most recently starred in the hit rom-com Anyone but You alongside Sydney Sweeney, revealed after 15 years of living in the City of Angels he’s finally reached a point in his career that he can ‘leave Hollywood.’ 

‘It’s like I’ve earned the ability to go back to my family,’ the Scream Queens alum told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Powell went on to reveal that after selling his Hollywood Hills pad, he purchased a place just 30 minutes away from his mom, Cyndy Powell, and dad, Glen Powell Sr., that he plans on calling ‘home.’

Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell revealed Matthew McConaughey convinced him to leave Tinseltown and return to his hometown of Austin, Texas; seen in 2022

Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell revealed Matthew McConaughey convinced him to leave Tinseltown and return to his hometown of Austin, Texas; seen in 2022

While detailing what prompted him to pack his bags and return to The Lone Star State after more than a decade away, Powell recalled a compelling conversation with McConaughey, who moved his family from Malibu to Texas back in 2014.

‘He’s like, “Hollywood is the Matrix, man. You plug in and it’s all fake world,”‘ Powell recalled. ‘He’s like, “Then I go to Austin, and I unplug. It’s all real. Those are my friends, that’s my family, my actions matter there.” And he’s right. If you’re here, you live in the Matrix all the time, there’s no separation of those worlds.’

The actor continued: ‘And for me, especially as my parents get older and my niece and nephew are growing up, I want a separation of those worlds.’ 

Ultimately, he hopes to escape the ‘fishbowl feeling’ of camera phones pointed at him everywhere, but continue to maintain his love of press tours, going on late-night talk shows and signing autographs. 

Additionally, after too many brushes with opportunists, the actor admits he just wants to be as ‘close as possible’ to his loved ones. 

Powell also plans on finishing his degree at the University of Texas. 

‘I think it’s really important to my mom and it’s more of an emotional thing for me,’ he said of why, at this stage in his career, he’s going back to school. ‘Plus, I’m so close, I can taste it.’ 

While he offloaded his property in Los Angeles, Powell plans on keeping his place in Tribeca.

Like many other stars that have left California, including Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts Nicole Kidman and Amanda Seyfried, the 35-year-old actor revealed he made the decision for more privacy and to be closer to his parents

Like many other stars that have left California, including Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts Nicole Kidman and Amanda Seyfried, the 35-year-old actor revealed he made the decision for more privacy and to be closer to his parents

The Hollywood hunk, who most recently starred in the hit rom-com Anyone but You alongside Sydney Sweeney , revealed after living in the City of Angels for 15 years he's finally reached a point in his career that he can 'leave Hollywood' (seen with his mother Cyndy Powell)

The Hollywood hunk, who most recently starred in the hit rom-com Anyone but You alongside Sydney Sweeney , revealed after living in the City of Angels for 15 years he’s finally reached a point in his career that he can ‘leave Hollywood’ (seen with his mother Cyndy Powell)

Powell first moved to California, after wrapping his freshman year of college. 

He managed to live rent-free with a friend of his uncle’s, in exchange for driving around the couple’s son and coaching his sports teams.

When the couple decided to split, he was forced to move into ‘somebody’s garage in a seedy area of Van Nuys,’ according to THR. 

‘It was all those clichéd things where, like, they’d find a body a block away and then you’d come home to your tires slashed,’ he remembered. 

At one point, he even lived with Glee star, Chord Overstreet, who was his roommate for years. 

As for whether the star sees himself being the next Tom Cruise, Powell emphatically stated that 'there will never be another Tom Cruise' (seen in May, 2024)

As for whether the star sees himself being the next Tom Cruise, Powell emphatically stated that ‘there will never be another Tom Cruise’ (seen in May, 2024)

'That is a singular career in a singular moment, but also movie stars of the ¿80s, ¿90s, early 2000s, those will never be re-created,' he said of his Top Gun: Maverick costar, who has become a friend and mentor; seen in June 2022 with his Top Gun: Maverick costars

‘That is a singular career in a singular moment, but also movie stars of the ’80s, ’90s, early 2000s, those will never be re-created,’ he said of his Top Gun: Maverick costar, who has become a friend and mentor; seen in June 2022 with his Top Gun: Maverick costars

As for whether the star sees himself being the next Tom Cruise, Powell emphatically stated that ‘there will never be another Tom Cruise.’ 

‘That is a singular career in a singular moment, but also movie stars of the ’80s, ’90s, early 2000s, those will never be re-created,’ he said of his Top Gun: Maverick costar, who has become a friend and mentor. 

Right now, he’s continuing to be strategic about the roles he takes, noting he passed on a Bourne Identity reboot and Universal’s upcoming Jurassic Park revival. 

‘Jurassic is one of my favorite movies. It’s one of the things I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I’m not doing that movie because I read the script and I immediately was like, my presence in this movie doesn’t help it,’ he explained. ‘And the script’s great. The movie’s going to f**king kill.’

The performer added: ‘It’s not about that. It’s about choosing where you’re going to make an audience happy and where you’re going to make yourself happy.’ 

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