He participates in Crossfit, which uses weightlifting, sprinting and gymnastics to promote a broad and general overall physical fitness. Internationally it is used in approx 1,700 gyms and by law enforcement agencies, the military and the fire department.
His first ever job was bagging groceries at Winn-Dixie.
Smith did extensive military research for his part of Lt. Matthew Scott in SGU. Some of the books that he read and found most useful were; One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick, Joker One by Donnovan Campbell and The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell by John Crawford. He also found the documentary Carrier helpful as it allowed him to understand military minds working in long deployment situations on tight-quarter ships.
Brian's favourite restaurants in Vancouver are Market, Quattro, Viji's, and La Quercia.
He has had roles in the independent films Hate Crime, Red Hook, and The War Boys (2009), and also in the Broadway play Come Back, Little Sheba.
He graduated from the four-year Acting program at The Juilliard School Drama Division in New York City.
He studied at the Quad C Theatre program at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.
Smith: (On the Stargate conventions). I'll tell you, I love the cons. I think the cons are amazing. This to me is great, this is human - you're sitting there face to face with people, and there's a real sense of mutual respect.
We're trying to relate to each other, and talk, and even if people have issues with the show or with the character, we can sit and have a decent conversation. I don't think that's possible on the Internet. I just think the Internet is like being in a car.
Smith: (On doing nude scenes in Stargate Universe). You try not to let your vanity get the best of you, because in a show like this... you can't let your ego get involved. We don't set up pretty shots. We don't shoot the show to make everybody look like a movie star. We stage the scene, we let it happen the way that hopefully it would happen in life, and then we put a camera on the camera guys' backs and say, 'OK, just shoot this like a documentary'. So you're going to get some angles and some shots that may not show you physically to your best advantage. But I think that's part of the reality of the show and it's just something you have to accept from the beginning.
Smith: (When asked if he'd had any adventures in Vancouver while working there). Well, I'm working on this CRAZY show where we travel through wormholes... Actually I'm a home-body and my Vancouver adventures usually just involve a bike ride around Stanley Park or a good hike in the mountains – OR a really great meal.
Brian J Smith: (When asked about the poster for Universe if he knew about being in the centre or if it was a surprise). Funny story about the posters: we weren't actually running when they took the pictures, we were striking this crazy looking pose and then sort of falling forward. But I was surprised I was in the center – so are my friends in NY who see me running on their bus-stops!
Smith: (On SGU action figures). I think SGU action figures would be a little odd. None of the characters are action heroes, you know? They're recognizable people in a tragic situation, stranded and missing their families. I can't imagine some kid at Wal-Mart being like "Hey mom, can I get the Lt. Scott doll? When I pull the string he cries!"
Brian J Smith: I'm not sure I was a "grand" fan of Sci-Fi, but I certainly have enjoyed Star Trek, especially when I was younger. I'm now a big fan of Battlestar Galactica after having finished the full series on DVD.
Smith: (When asked what similarities and differences he has with his character Lt. Scott). I think we're both emotional people, for better or worse. Sometimes we both do things out of passion without thinking through the consequences first. We both have a need to prove ourselves and to undo past mistakes. We're also both pretty earnest and maybe a little bit lost... I also relate to his unlocked potential – we both have a lot on the ball and yet we're struggling to unlock that energy. It ain't easy being a rookie! But he's definitely been through a lot more than I have, and I don't know anyone who can relate to being trapped on a run-away space ship several billion light years away from home.
Smith: (On his favourite part of performing on stage). All that freedom. You can be incredibly spontaneous moment to moment – whereas in TV and film you have to constantly watch what you're doing so that it matches in every angle. But film allows you to be incredibly intimate and real – you don't have to bump up your voice or your physical life in order to reach people hundreds of feet away. You can relax and be true to the situation, as if it's really happening for the first time.
Smith: I think I could love a dog no matter what the breed. Just depends on the pooch, I guess. But I must say I've fallen in love with Cavaliers – they're very affectionate and they bond very quickly with whoever is willing to show a little love. Well, that and whoever is willing to feed them!
Joseph Mallozzi: (When asked what's the best thing about working on stargate?) Whenever I'm asking this question, the first answer that comes to mind is: my co-workers (followed closely by the catering, the end-of-season crew gift, and the chocolate fountain at the SG-1 200th episode party). The truth is, at the end of the day, no matter how much you get paid or how personally satisfying you may find your job, if you don't like the people you work with, your workplace will be a miserable place. Fortunately for me, I'm on a show with some truly wonderful people, from the girl in post-production with the notebook made out of recycled elephant dung to our illustrous cast – all of them a pleasure to work with. And, when it comes to "truly wonderful", you'd be hardpressed a better example than actor Brian J. Smith, both on camera and off. Not only is he incredibly talented, but his friendly, down-to-earth attitude never ceases to amaze. And I'm sure you'll agree once you get to know him as well.
Brian J Smith: (On his character's development in Stargate Universe). For me what was great was seeing Scott start to fracture a little bit. He views Young as this father figure or mentor. And now Scott is starting to see him becoming something ugly and demented - keeping information from him, possibly engaging in torture, attempted murder, Rush getting left behind. It all adds up.
Brian J Smith: (On criticism that Stargate Universe started too slow). I think it was a controversial choice, but the smart choice, to start out with these characters and to develop them as much as we could right off the bat, so that once they get into situations like 'Time' or 'Justice' or 'Space' or 'Incursion,' you have an idea of who these people are. And you have a criteria. You know this is characteristic, and you know this is not characteristic. Basic character -building type things.