In 2008, Ben was ranked #16 on the actors list of Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30'.
Ben prepared for his role in Alpha Dog (2006) by asking an ex-crystal meth addict, one of his friends, for guidance. His friend then introduced him to a group of people that were able to give him a look and access into the lifestyle.
Some of Ben's favorite things are:
Actress: Gena Rowlands
Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Quote: "Do you like olives?" from Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Ben describes his parents (Gillian and Stephen Foster) as free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies.
Ben doesn't have a favorite film character, he has three. They're from the film Dr. Strangelove and all played by Peter Sellers.
While filming Hostage, they tried to throw a real Molotov cocktail at Ben which almost set him on fire for real.
Ben dropped out of Black Hawk Down and was replaced by Charlie Hofheimer (as Jamie Smith) because of the serious injury he sustained whilst during basic training.
As of August 2007, Ben has been dating (the daughter of Lenny Kravitz) Zoe Kravitz. She was also his date to the premiere of 3:10 to Yuma.
Ben Foster attended the private elementary school operated by the Transcendental Meditation jew movement, from his town, which was known as the Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment.
If Ben could have a superpower, he would most like to have receptivity.
He was offered the part of Eddie O'Hare in The Door in the Floor, but he gave up the role to his younger brother Jon Foster because he thought it was better suited for him.
One of his all time favorite movies is One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
In 2004, he shared the honours with the cast of "Six Feet Under"(2001) of being nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In 2005, they were nominated again, and won.
In 1997, Ben was nominated for a Gemini Award under the category of Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for his performance in the "Flash Forward" (1996) episode entitled "Fresh Start All Over Again". In the spring of 1998, he was nominated again in the same category for his performance in the episode entitled "Presents."
In 2003, Ben won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special playing Trevor Adams on Bang, Bang You're Dead.
In 2006, Ben won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance-Male for his role in "Alpha Dog" (2006).
During the filming of Alpha Dog where Ben played a drug dealer, he added glaucoma drops to his eyes (to dilate his pupils) in order to simulate the appearance of a drug abuser. He would also talk to (the director) Nick Cassavetes with his eyes closed.
For his role as Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma Ben studied the movements in documentaries on mountain cats to make his character elegant.
James Dean and Sean Penn are Ben's favourite actors, and his favourite actress is Claire Danes.
Ben dropped out of high school in his junior year to move to Los Angeles.
The movie, Kounterfeit is his film debut.
R.E.M. and Dead Can Dance are his favorite bands.
Ben and Rebecca Romijn have acted together in two Marvel adaptations: X-Men: The Last Stand and The Punisher.
Ben played alongside Queer as Folk star Randy Harrison in the 2002 TV movie Bang Bang Your Dead.
Ben plays the role of Warren Worthington III, alias 'Angel', in the movie 'X-Men: The Last Stand'.
Ben dated Ellen page in 2006. They met on the set of X-men: The Last Stand - and have since broken up. They remain good friends.
Ben is good friends with Danny Masterson of That '70s Show.
Ben is of Jewish descent.
Ben plays the role of Jake Mazursky in Alpha Dog, which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and also features Justin Timberlake as Frankie Ballenbacher.
Ben and brother Jon reside in an apartment together in Los Angeles.
Ben is 5'9" (1.75 m) tall.
Ben's nickname is "Curly Boy " due to his curly locks.
At the age of 12, Ben wrote, directed and starred in a play that placed second in an international competition.
Ben is the older brother of actor Jon Foster.
Ben dated actress Kirsten Dunst from August 2000 to March 2001.
Ben: (On meditation practices) It's always difficult. To feel, rather than to think, to tap into that source and let it come through you. It takes courage. Because we feel it and then we get scared and we analyze it. We live in this thought web, we identify things and put them away and distance ourselves from them. But to be completely present? That is source, that is art, that is spirituality. And meditation is a way to defy fear and experience that source. (Laughs) I know this is all esoteric and weird.
Ben: I think it's difficult being a young person. I think it's difficult being a human being, but the pressures of being a young adult… Every action is defining the type of man or woman that you will eventually become. And at the same time, to figure out that person, that ideal at your root that you hope to become, you have to test those grounds. Sadly, in these circumstances, (in Alpha Dog) they go too far.
Ben: (on getting the part in the film "Liberty Heights") It was so surreal just to audition for it to begin with. When I got the call I was passed out. I was at my family's house, just taking a break from my apartment, and my mom came and knocked on my door. I said, "Leave me alone!" She said, "No, wake up!" I had drool down my face, I picked up the phone, and my manager said, "You got it!" and I proceeded to do a parade around the house in my underpants for a good couple hours.
Ben: The teen years were very difficult and I was really blessed with an extraordinary family and an outlet. I think those two things are major contributors to those who make the right decisions in the end and those who let themselves down. Having an outlet and that can be sports; that can be a form of art.
Ben: (when asked how well he handled the Western guns in "3:10 to Yuma") I have to say pretty well. I really am taken with this project. I hadn't rode a horse before so this has been a great learning experience and super fun. Either work out with your actors or have them ride horses because you've got to tune into the frequencies of the horse. You think and the horse reacts. If you get nervous, it gets nervous. It's meditative. It's beautiful.
Ben: (about doing troubled teen roles) I'm certainly not looking to repeat myself in any way, but I am at an age group that you can go - there are clichés in which you can go. I'm an actor and I'm interested in conflicts because that's the nature of drama. So by not repeating myself, I keep looking for different conflicts. But that's it.
Ben: I understand the isolation very well. Growing up in a small town in Iowa and being the token actor doesn't really go over well unless you're also on the football team or you're wearing your cut-off Axl Rose T-shirt and throwing beer bottles in the town square.
Ben: (On creating his characters) Every role, every gig, you have to find a quality and you have to love the person. Not just like him, but love the person so you can care about what they care about.
Ben: I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice. Everything else is an illusion. I'm not trying to preach here. I can't tell anybody anything. But I will say, if you're available to them, there are so many great secrets in the world, so many signs. It's when we stop for a moment and listening that the world gets interesting.
Ben: [Describes director Nick Cassavetes] Nick is magic. He doesn't tell you what he wants, he allows. And as long as you're taking chances and he feels that you are being truthful to yourself, then you can do no wrong.
Ben: [On his character in Liberty Heights] The big goal for me was just to get the mental state of mind, this kind of pure innocence. My generation is pretty jaded, pretty cynical. Everything happens really fast. Too much, too fast. So I got all the Life and Look magazines from '54 to '55, stuff that would be at the family's house, on the coffee table. I listened to all the Columbia years of Sinatra, stuff that would probably be on the radio. I talked to my grandmother and looked through her photo album. I talked to my dad.
Ben: [Discusses his role in Hostage ] In the novel, my character was written as a 400-pound, 30-year-old massive force. Since I am not that, I had to find a different direction. I based my character on a serial who saw his parents die and now has a fetish for little girls and watching people die.