Is “The Fosters” the first acting job for David Lambert?
—Michelle Walker, Kensington, Pa.
Despite the fact that Lambert is only 20 years old, “The Fosters,” on which he plays very skilled musician/high school student Brandon Foster, is not his first acting job. He previously starred as Jason Landers in Disney XD’s “Aaron Stone.”
“Acting goes back a little ways for me,” he says. “I started with theater growing up. It was mainly a social outlet and it was just something I did for fun, and I met a lot of good friends through it. Then as I got older, I’d say probably when I got to like seventh or eighth grade, I was living in Atlanta, Ga., at the time, and I went for an open call for an agent. She ended up picking me. I wasn’t really taking acting seriously at that point. I just wanted to see what would happen.”
What happened was a trip to Los Angeles with his mother, and landing guest roles on the shows “Sons of Tucson,” “Psych” and “House of Payne.” Lambert can also be seen in the indie drama “The Lifeguard,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. His other acting credits include “Pretty/Handsome,” “A Smile as Big as The Moon” and “Longmire.”
The Baton Rouge, La.-born actor, who has also lived in England, Taiwan and Texas, is a highly skilled musician—proficient in trumpet, piano and electric guitar—and he writes and records his own music. As a result, when his character is playing piano on “The Fosters,” it is often Lambert tinkling the ivories.
“I actually am pretty adamant about meeting with the composer on off days and rehearsing pieces that are coming up, discussing what I feel like I can handle and what I can’t,” he says. “Usually on the more intricate, elaborate, classical pieces, we use playback. But any original compositions that Brandon is playing is me.”