He moved to La in his teens to pursue an acting career and soon landed parts in film and television.
When Foster was 4 years old, the family (including Foster’s smaller brother, Jon) relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, where he attended school and started to play in community-theatre productions.
Foster left high school when he was 16 and moved to La to pursue an acting career. He made his movie debut using a modest part in the straight-to-video crime thriller Kounterfeit in 1996. He went to receive several television characters in the late 1990s, including parts in the Disney Channel show Flash Forward along with the made-for-television movie I Have Been Waiting for You.
Foster’s first critically praised film performance was his portrayal of a rebellious teen in the 1950s-age comedy drama Liberty Heights (1999). For the the next couple of years, his work would vary from the teen comedy Get Over It (2001) to a modest part in the military drama Black Hawk Down (2001).
Foster became known for playing emotionally extreme, and usually black, characters in the 2000s. In the remake of Western movie 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Foster gave a memorable portrayal of a cold blooded outlaw, and in 2009’s The Messenger he costarred with Woody Harrelson as an Army officer who’s delegated to notify the next of kin of dead soldiers. Other jobs included the offense drama Contraband (2012), the thriller 360 (2011) as well as a remake of the action film The Mechanic (2011).
During the exact same year he was featured in a number of movies, for example, outlaw love story Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and the Beat Generation interval drama Kill Your Darlings, in which he impersonates writer William S. Burroughs.
He’ll appear as John Gotti Jr., son of the notorious crime family leader, in 2014’s Gotti: In the Shadow of My Dad.
Foster is a longtime practitioner of transcendental meditation , and it has worked to raise funds for cancer research and cancer support organizations.
He’s been romantically linked with celebrities Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Page, Zoe Kravitz and Robin Wright.