When I show up to meet Ben Foster for drinks, I�m not sure whom to look for exactly. Though he�s best known as Claire�s bisexual boyfriend, Russell, on Six Feet Under, the last time he was seen on-screen, he was platinum blond, ripped, and flying high as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand. Only after passing him by do I realize that the guy with the Mohawk at the bar sipping a Jameson�s is Foster.
The 26-year-old just wrapped Craig Lucas�s The Laws of Motion with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank, which accounts for the haircut. �Every job needs a beginning and an end ritual,� he explains. �I was up at 4 a.m., saw some clippers, and here you go.�
Los Angeles�based Foster decided to stay in New York for a couple of months, and he�s already found all the right places to get into trouble: �I have a bit of a vampire fetish, and I�ve been hanging out at the Box a lot. Raven O [the club�s stunning emcee] makes me very happy. He�s Bacchus with an incredible sense of showmanship. The place is boys, girls, fucking, drugs, lunacy! It�s not drag�it�s pretty butch. It�s not about playing for one team or the other.�
Foster obviously appreciates that kind of sexual free-for-all. Asked whether he was hesitant to appear in Out, he does his best to straddle the sexuality line himself: �I mean, sure, I guess it�s for �gays and lesbians,� but Out is one of the most culturally relevant magazines out there, and those lines aren�t clear anymore. They just aren�t.�
Flattery and sexual ambiguity are getting him everywhere, and when asked if he�s single, he does his best to keep the game going by avoiding pronouns. �I don�t know, actually. I�m having fun in the city right now with a creature. It�s lovely and weird and fun and brilliant,� he says coyly. Soon enough, though, he refers to the creature as �her,� but it�s official: Ben Foster is a total tease.