Ryan Powers On That Awkward She-Hulk Date, Working With Tatiana Maslany, And His Musical Work

One of your earliest credits is on the “How I Met Your Mother” episode “Baby Talk.” What was it like kicking off your acting career on such an iconic show, and who did you get to work with on that set?

My friends Payson Lewis and Bruce Merkle and I all had the same agent at the time, and we made this ridiculous boy band-style audition video. Getting the call that we booked the job was truly something I’ll never forget because it’s how I got into SAG, the actors union. We worked with Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris, and Laura Bell Bundy was a guest on that episode that week. It was so much fun.

You had a role in the Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, and Matt Bomer movie “The Nice Guys.” What was it like being on set with those guys, and are they, in fact, nice guys in the traditional sense?

My role in that movie actually didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie, but that is Hollywood. Therefore, I was extra excited when “She-Hulk” kept me in. But as far as on set — again, this is sadly not very juicy — but Ryan and Russell were both hilarious talking to 50 background actors on set, very friendly. It was a great experience. Sadly, I was not in a scene with Matt Bomer, but hopefully, that [will happen] in the future.

Have the sets and actors that you’ve worked with generally been nice and welcoming to guest stars, or do you have any horror stories?

Again, I fear I’m going to be boring. Every set I’ve been on has been welcoming and generous and makes me think people in Hollywood really do love making movies together. If I’m lucky enough to be on a grumpy set one day, it’ll just mean that I’ve been hired again. I’ll try to take that in stride. But in the big picture, we’re all making movies and TV, and that’s a very privileged position to be in.

Do you have any dream actors or directors that you’d love to work with?

How much time do you have? Can’t beat Jake Gyllenhaal. I love Natalie Portman. I love Ellen Burstyn. I am obsessed with Ellen Pompeo. As far as up-and-coming actors, Sydney Sweeney and Timothée Chalamet are brilliant and have taken my breath away with the work they do. I could go on and on.

Is there a role that’s either been done before or hasn’t been done that you’d like to take on?

There are no films in the world that have affected me as much as the “Scream” series. That and “The Wizard of Oz” are quite literally the reason I’m a writer, actor, and producer. I would happily do a one-line role in a “Scream” movie. Also, I have a really good idea for a scene in a future “Scream” film. To the new directors, Matt [Bettinelli-Olpin] and Tyler [Gillett] — this is me shooting my shot. Call me.

Would you rather be a victim, a Final Girl, or Ghostface himself?

Just kill me.

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This interview was edited for clarity.

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