Remember Glen Powell's Part in “Spy Kids 3-D? ”He Calls Filming 'One of the Best Days' of His Life

"You had endless friends on set," the actor remembered of his day of work

<p>Paramount Pictures Corporation/Youtube</p> Glen Powell in 2003

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Glen Powell in 2003's 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

It's been more than 20 years since Glen Powell stepped onto the set of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, but he still remembers the experience as "one of the best days of my whole life."

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter recently about his Hollywood firsts, Powell, now 35, recalled shooting the kids' hit, his very first film.

"I will never forget that moment," he shared. "I was 13. I shot my part, and then I hung out behind the camera. The entire crew had the most interesting jobs on the planet. You had endless friends on set. And Spy Kids 3-D was arguably our Dune," he added with a laugh.

It was director Robert Rodriguez who worked with him on the production; the fellow Texan recently inducted Powell into the Austin Film Society's Texas Film Hall of Fame in a full-circle moment for the star.

Recalling other film firsts, Powell said it was 1993's Jurassic Park that first made him want to get into movies, and the kids' reality competition show Moolah Beach that offered him his first audition. But after failing to present a "special talent" to producers, "I was not on Moolah Beach," he said.

<p>Paramount Pictures Corporation/Youtube</p> Glen Powell in 2003's 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

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Glen Powell in 2003's 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

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He did later land on a similar show, Discovery Kids' Endurance 2 — though he was eliminated on the season premiere.

"It's the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a freshman in high school," he said. "Not only are you the runt of the grade, but you just failed on a strength performance thing in front of the world, and the amount of s--- that I got was extraordinary,” Powell recalled. However, the failure motivated him: “It made me just ferocious."

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Powell also recalled going to a movie camp as a kid, where he'd watch movies with other campers and talk about them afterward — "just this thing where it's like, the joy of movies," he said.

Going forward, those are the films he hopes to make.

"I want to make things that fill people up," he said, "that put the idea and themes out that I believe in. I have that shot and I don't take it lightly."

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