Glen Powell got his grandmother a cameo in his new Netflix film 'Set It Up'

Netflix's newest original movie "Set It Up" is the romantic comedy that this summer needs.

When two over-worked executive assistants are at their wit's end, they decide to try and get their bosses together so that they can have a life outside of the office. We chatted with "Set It Up" star Glen Powell on what it was like filming in New York with a powerhouse cast.

AOL: In a few words, how would you describe "Set It Up?"

Glen: It's a movie about two assistants who are overworked and set up their bosses so they can have personal lives. Which is, I think, something a lot of assistants have actually tried to do before, based on what I've talked to about with a lot of my friends who are kind of overworked and beaten down. I think there are a lot of versions of 'how the hell do I get out of this nightmare?' that people think through, but this is the sweetest version, that's for sure. 

Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs also star in the movie. Did you learn anything from working with this cast?

God, you know what's so fun -- that's the great part about making a movie like this. These are the most fun type of movies to make, like these are the movies where nobody is dying, you don’t have to honor a true story, you don’t have to worry about facts, all you have to do is have a blast and get to work with people you admire, so it's kind of the dream. Taye and Lucy haven’t lost a bit of excitement or passion for the job, and Zoey has obviously been long time friend who’s adorable and wonderful and on her way to great things. It's just a dream gig for sure!

Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch in a scene from "Set It Up." (Courtesy Netflix)

After working on films like "Hidden Figures" and "The Expendables 3," you're no stranger to working on blockbuster sets. Did you find any major difference working on a Netflix set?

Well, there were fewer explosions than 'Expendables' in this movie! Yeah, well look "Hidden Figures" was a blast of a movie to make as well, but there's bit of pressure you put on yourself to make sure that you do a man justice and these women justice -- people that were real life heroes. And in this one, for research I was an assistant at the agency for a few days and just like answered calls and I went through there, and then I went to D.C. firms and saw how these guys, who were getting beat down, kind of operated.

It's interesting cause you know what you’re doing honored all the assistants who are beaten down across the world, and we’ve all been there, but at the same time the pressure on this movie is zero. It's just like literally, again, working with Taye and Zoey -- I wish I got to work with Lucy more -- but they’re just the dream. It's the best.

You grew up in Texas and have been living in Los Angeles for a while now. What was it like shooting this project in New York? Had you spent much time in the city before "Set It Up?"

My dad’s from Brooklyn originally, but you know I didn’t spend that much time here in New York prior to this -- just for quick work trips. Getting to actually be here and just like living the life is the greatest. Especially summertime in New York! I'm really glad we didn’t shoot this thing in the winter, because it's just like summertime in New York -- there's something kind of romantic and magical about it. It was just the dream, and I got to explore the city and fall in love with the city, so I actually feel like I know it now, whereas when you come here for a couple days it's kind of in and out and kind of a whirlwind and you don’t get to really know the personality and the people. So I feel like I’ve kind of got this place hooked up now.

I always thought of myself as a guy who would not be into New York City, because I grew up on a ranch outdoors and that's kind of more my speed, but after spending the three months that we were here, it was just the best. I could totally settle down here for a second.

Do you have a favorite memory from set or a particular moment from filming that stood out as a highlight?

I put a lot of my family in the different movies I do, but in this one, my grandma has really never come to see me on set or come to a premiere or anything like that, so we brought her down here and she got to be in the movie! Do you remember the scene where we're at Yankee Stadium and there's that guy who's kind of talking crap to me and Zoey? My grandma is his wife in that scene. So my grandma got to go through the works and got the whole makeup and the wardrobe, and she’s been a Yankees fan her whole life, so she got to get dolled up in Yankees gear and do all the cheers.

And the first take where Grammy is in it, she... could not have over-acted more in this scene. She probably went though a period of like 20 different emotions in 15 seconds. I was like "Grammy, Grammy, you've got to do less, like a little less." I'll get this piece of footage because it's priceless -- it's my grandma just really cheesing it up. And she is going to her first premiere! She’s coming down and they’re doing a whole thing. They’re going to give her an award and it's going to be one of the most special days I have with my grandma, so I'm really excited.

Wow, that sounds like an amazing big-screen debut experience for her!

I'm super excited for it. And you know I got my cousin in the movie, I got my writing partner in the movie, both my parents in the movie, my sister has a song in the movie, so it's a whole Powell thing. 

After having the experience of acting as an assistant in real life and on-screen, do you think you'd make a good assistant?

If Taye Diggs was my boss? Well Taye Diggs in real life is probably a dream boss, but Taye Diggs in this movie? Not so much. I had a variety of different jobs on the fight up the ladder, and I'll say that I think I used to be a good assistant. I used to be like way more type A, but there's something about this business when you have a lot of other people pulling the weight and doing a bunch of jobs that are way more on top of things than you, you start becoming sort of a space cadet. So if I was an assistant now, things would not get done. It would be a real tragic experience and I would get fired immediately.

"Set It Up" premieres on Netflix on June 15th.

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Glen Powell arrives at the 'Writers' Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: (L-R) Crystal Lourd, Glen Powell and Amber Valletta attend Vogue and MAC Cosmetics dinner hosted by Lisa Love and John Demsey in honor of Prabal Gurung at the Chateau Marmont on Monday, May 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for MAC Cosmetics)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor Glen Powell attends a screening of Integrity Film Production's 'Red Wing' at Harmony Gold Theatre on August 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Glen Powell attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Amber Valetta and Glen Powell attend the Sabine G Jewelry Dinner at Balthazar and Rosetta Getty's home on November 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell attend 'The Expendables 3' photocall during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L to R) Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Sylvester Stallone attend a photocall for 'The Expendables 3' at the Carlton Hotel on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Millennium Films)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L-R) Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz and Antonio Banderas attends 'The Expendables 3' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 21: Actor Glen Powell arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' on July 21, 2014 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Glen Powell attends Lionsgate Films' 'The Expendables 3' premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Actor Glen Powell attends the 2014 GQ Men Of The Year party at Chateau Marmont on December 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GQ)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors James Marsden (L) and Glen Powell attend a cocktail event hosted by Dior Homme's Kris Van Assche at Chateau Marmont on September 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Glen Powell attends The 2016 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for InStyle)
WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 09: Actor Glen Powell attends the premiere of Sony's 'Sausage Party' at Regency Village Theatre on August 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actor Aldis Hodge, filmmaker Theodore Melfi, actors Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Kimberly Quinn, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer, Saniyya Sidney Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Glen Powell, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for 'Hidden Figures,' pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_008 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Glen Powell attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Glen Powell attends the Build Series at Build Studio on June 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actor Glen Powell attends a special screening of the Netflix film 'Set It Up' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix)
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