Exclusive: David Lambert Chats “The Fosters” with CelebSecrets4U (@dglamert @TheFostersABCF)

DAVID LAMBERTABC Family’s most ground-breaking show on television,The Fosters,is sweeping the nation with its controversial topics and love triangles.

The one-hour drama follows a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stefs biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon(David Lambert), and their adopted twins Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin).

Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking its just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

CelebSecrets4U had the opportunity to chat withDavid Lambert who plays Brandon on the show.Brandon is Stefs biological son, a solid student with a passion for piano. Brandon has a warm bond with his two moms and his adoptive siblings, but is a bit taken aback by the defiant, wounded Callie, the newest addition to the household.

Check out the full Q&A below. Don’t forget to watch a brand new episode ofThe FosterseveryMonday nightafterSwitched at Birthat9:00PM ET/PTonly on ABC Family.


Can tell us a little bit about Brandon and Callies relationship?

David Lambert: They have a really interesting sort of connection right of the bat. In the pilot hes really drawn to her and feels the need to help her. It is sort of reciprocated by her, but its one of those things where neither really knows whats happening there. They just understand that theres this connection.Whether itll grow or not its kind of up in the air at this point, but they do understand theres this mutual feeling between the two of them and its definitely a special connection. So yes, I guess its just one of those things that has to develop over time, but its not necessarily set in stone that they are in love or whatever. Its just one of those odd connections, I would say.


What is it like working with Maia Mitchell and the rest of the cast?

David Lambert:Theyre great. This cast is honestly one of the best casts Ive ever worked with. Its one of those things where I go to set and I think thats the biggest thing that Im looking forward to is getting to work with these people because everyonewith me, I have such a different connection with all of them and neither is better than the next but its such a unique connection with every single person. So every scene is very fun. Its a really fun experience to work with everyone.Maias great. Maias really, really awesome. She gives it her all just like everyone else does really. Everyone goes above and beyond to make this show as real as possible. Its a respect thing. I admire my cast. I really respect them and I think everyones super talented.


What was the audition process like for The Fosters?

David Lambert:The audition process washonestly, it started like any other audition for me in L.A. I just went to the first meeting and it was just for casting. From there I got a callback and that was a pretty regular feeling. I just kept coming back and then it was after the third meeting that I was really like, Okay, this could go somewhere. This is interesting.

But it felt normal and then it kind of just came out of nowhere for me and then before I knew it I was testing. I feel like that tends to happen. Whenever you book a job you dont even realize how close youre getting until you almost have it pretty much. So it was definitely one of those things for me. It almost blindsided me how fast everything moved.


How would you describe the character of Brandon if you had to tell somebody who maybe hasnt watched the show yet? How would you describe him?

David Lambert:Hes the oldest in his family and hes the biological son of one of the mothers, Stef, whos played by Teri Polo. Hes a gifted musician overall, but his instrument of choice is piano. Hes classically trained in piano. Hes always playing really beautiful pieces from Rachmaninoff and all of those guys.

Hes brilliant and hes a very smart kid and a little mature for his age just due to this unique setup that he has with his mothers and with his dad. Hes essentially raised by three parents so it makes for very interesting situations that he just has to deal with very normally because thats just how it is for him. It kind of gives him an edge over other kids who dont necessarily have to deal with that.

Hes a very fun character for me to play. Hes a really good kid though. He means well and he has a really big heart. Family is everything for him. He loves his family and he would do anything for any of them. So its a very special character to be playing.


I was wondering if you, in your words, could explain why you think people should tune into this show? Why its different from other family dramas?

David Lambert:In this day and age were kind of lacking in family dramas overall. I feel like we could use more and sort of step away a little bit from the big explosions and all of this visual eye candy that seems to be in everything these days. This show really sort of slows down and focuses on just the characters really.

Besides just the fact that theres a same sex couple and we do have all of these relevant and current topics, the show really is a classic show. It has very classic vibes to it, in terms of a family drama, and we hope its very relatable.

The show has a way of just introducing these topics and these issues and being very blunt about it, which I sort of love. We dont beat around the bush. We just say it how it is and we expect audiences to just be able to handle it and see how these characters deal with it, which I think makes for really good TV.

I think its a really great show to be a part of. Its something that excites me whenever I read the new scripts. I think that people will be surprised at just how interesting these people are. And theyre not necessarily doing anything out of the ordinary. The kids go to school and they just deal with whatever it is thats happening that day.

But it just makes for really interesting stuff because they dont always do the right thing. They sometimes make mistakes just like kids do in high school but they learn they lesson as well. They always redeem themselves. Its a very relatable thing to watch, as a person. So for me, I love that about the show. I love that everyone gets his or her chance to make a mistake but then learn from it.


Do you have any good stories from set so far, since there are so many of you especially in the house, in the Foster house and everything?

David Lambert:Its really funny. We honestly have a really good time on set. Everyone does. From the adults to the kids, everyone is on the same page and we all have the same amount of fun. Theres no real line drawn in the sand or anything like that, which is great because sometimes you run into that on sets, which is really unfortunate. But on this set everyone is very tight knit, very close. I could go up to any of the cast members and have a full-on conversation with them and its very comfortable for me.

Im trying to think of good stories in particular. I know Cierra Ramirez and Jake T. Austin, who play Jesus and Mariana Foster, the twins, had to dress up at one point to take these Halloween pictures, these sort of family Halloween pictures. So Jake had to dress up in this really great jester costume and I actually ended up getting a picture of it just as he was standing right in front of me. I dont know, that stuck with me so much because it was so hilarious to watch him walk around in this jester costume for the hour or however long he had to wear it for.


What attracted you to the role of Brandon Foster?

David Lambert: I think hes definitely the most similar to me from any character Ive played. I think thats really interesting for me. I havent really experienced that much with a character. So for me to be able to relate with him the way I can and sort of very easily imagine how he must feel in a lot of these situations. Its very interesting for me. Its not a stretch.

Its one of those things where I dont have to, in my preparation, work so hard to make it relatable in some way for me because Im already mentally there. So its a cool role for me in my life because I get to play Brandon but also incorporate a lot of David into Brandon. That makes for really an interesting experience for me I guess.

I play piano in my life. I wouldnt say Im anywhere as good as Brandon is, but Ive been playing for almost seven years now. Im self-taught so Im kind of on the other side of the spectrum from Brandon. Hes very precise and classically trained and whatnot, but we do share a love for music. Thats something thats really cool to sort of portray on camera in the way that I get to with Brandon.

I dont know; hes a really interesting guy. I love that I get to have him and get to play him because hes definitely a really close one to me.


So Talya and Brandons relationship, how does that change now that Callies in the picture?

David Lambert:I think its one of those things for Brandon, at least, that he doesnt even realize. Hes only now just beginning to realize what it means to have Callie around. Thats an interesting thing for him. I think Talya was much more quick to notice what this may do and to notice that Brandon may be interested or at least care for Callie, which is enough for Talya to lose her mind. It is only going to make for more interesting situations down the road, especially between the girls.

I think Brandons a little slower, in terms of picking up on things that are right under the surface. So for him hes almost innocent in the way that he wants to make sure Callies good in this new environment, in this new world that shes kind of been thrust into, but at the same time he does have a girlfriend. Hes not linking the two yet, whereas maybe Talya is seeing [it] a little differently.

So its a fun thing that he has to sort of slowly realize. Like, Oh, oh, I see that this might look this way and I guess now its sort of a little triangle here. Thats just a fun little situation, one of the many that he is faced with, and Im looking forward to seeing how that develops.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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