After starting out on local dramas Home and Away and Sea Patrol, Bren Foster, 39, moved to the US, where he’s worked on everything from Days of our Lives to Stan’s post-apocalyptic series The Last Ship (Season 5 out now). Talking to WHO during a visit home, the Australian actor chats about the final season of The Last Ship and where his career is heading next!
WHO: re you sad The Last Ship will end this season?
There is a bit of sadness, but it allowed the producers to go all out and really create something special for the last season. It has been great and i have developed some friendships that I know will last forever, but I think the show had run its course and we were all ready to move on.
WHO: What’s your favourite memory from filming?
We have had so many funny things happen on set. Kevin Martin [who plays Eric Miller] is the youngest on the show and the kind of guy that makes you laugh so much your stomach hurts. He would go into my trailer, sneak into my wardrobe and jump out and scare me. I got him back by putting vinegar in his water bottle and making him drink it.
WHO: You are a fitness fanatic. How important is staying healthy to you?
I come from a martial-arts background, which is something I have been able to marry with my character on the show. I always think of my body as
a temple and I try to look after it. I also own a martial-arts studio in Sydney and I always want to set a good example for the people who look up to me as their role model, so staying on track and keeping fit is something I am always focused on.
WHO: You were on Home and Away earlier in your career. Would you ever return?
No, I think I am on a different leg of my career. Home and Away is fantastic, but it isn’t for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great training ground and it has produced so many stars, it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore.
WHO: What’s your dream role?
Anything with strong relationships and strong characters. I don’t like the corny B-grade actor stuff. I am trying to get a much more diverse range of roles under my belt.
WHO: You live in Los Angeles most of the time. What’s your favourite thing to do when you come home to Sydney for a visit?
I love going by the water and spending time at the beach, and going for runs in parks around my area. I also train kids in the martial arts school that I own in Sydney.