If you are a fan of the CBS show, NCIS: Los Angeles, without a doubt you are very familiar with Barrett Foa. He has been playing the character of Eric Beale on the show as part of the main cast since 2009. The actor, who plays the hunky intelligence analyst, has been an actor in Hollywood since 2001, eight years before he made his debut on the popular cop show.
For many television fans, Barrett Foa is one of the few household names that stand out as the number of actors and actresses in the medium continues its exponential increase due to the explosion in popularity of television as the leading form of entertainment. Here is a quick look at the life of one of television’s favorite actors.
Barrett Foa’s Early Life & How He Became An Actor
Certainly, some might not be familiar with Barrett, especially a minority of television fans who are not keen on the police procedural genre. For those people, they might not know that the actor, who began his life as a professional actor at the turn of the millennium in 2001, was born on the 18th of September, 1977. Barrett Foa is a native of Manhattan, in New York City. He is one of the two children of Linda Rimanich and Conrad Foa. He has a brother whose name is given as Justin.
Barrett Foa has so far been an excellent television actor, and that display of excellence can be traced back to his time as a child. At the age of three, the Manhattan-born actor was able to put together a puzzle in record time. This feat earned him a place in the prestigious Dalton School, where he spent his middle and high school years.
During his time at Dalton, Foa frequently attended a summer program at Interlochen Arts Camp, where he fell in love and began the pursuit of a career in theatre. Following high school graduation, Barrett Foa proceeded to the University of Michigan, where he continued his interest in theatre as a profession by studying theatrical studies. He graduated from the program with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in musical theatre performance.
His training also included time at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London, where he studied Shakespeare and acting. When it comes to becoming an actor, especially a good one, the academic experience is never enough, and Barrett Foa, before he was spewed out of school as one of the thousands of fresh graduates, began taking internships at Johnson-Liff Casting. While there, Foa got a real-life understanding of the casting process, and what is expected of an actor.
When most college students took their summer to relax and have fun with their families and childhood friends, Foa used his summers as a means to further improve his knowledge and experience of his chosen field. Among the above-mentioned summer activities, he spent time working with different summer stock theater groups such as the notable Maine State Music Theatre and New London Barn Playhouse.
That dedication is why it comes as no surprise that he got his first major role in college, getting to play Jesus in an off-Broadway production of Godspell. His first Broadway production came in 2001 as part of the original cast of the hit musical, Mamma Mia!
Early on in his career, Barrett Foa spent several years, working in the theatre for various productions before he made his debut onscreen as Dylan in an episode of Six Degrees. He starred as a guest star for a couple of shows before he was cast as part of the main cast for NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009. So far, the actor has starred in a total of nine onscreen roles, all of which are on television.
Are Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith Married?
There are so many things that point to Barrett Foa as quite a talented actor. One of such is his onscreen relationship with actress Renee Felice Smith, his co-star on NCIS: Los Angeles. Their onscreen chemistry on the show as lovers was so strong that it sparked rumors of both of them being in a real-life relationship.
The pictures of the duo together on social media have also got more people speculating if there could be something more than just lovers on TV. To the disappointment of those who may wish to see the two together, nothing is going on for them. While Barrett Foa has already made it clear that he is not interested in the opposite sex, it is known that Renée Felice Smith is in a relationship with the filmmaker, Christopher Gabriel.
An Insight Into Barrett Foa’s Sexual Orientation
Those who might be disappointed in the news about Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith can be soothed by the fact that Barrett is a gay man. The actor came out on the social media platform Instagram on 23rd of February, 2019 to make the announcement. The revelation came shortly before he was shown on TV kissing a man for the first time when he starred on the iconic show, Will & Grace, as a love interest for Will.
He stated that as a young guy, he was ashamed to own up to who he was, and he was also homophobic, but he now felt proud to finally own up to who he is, hence coming out as gay. With that said, there is no word as regards who he has dated in the past or who he is dating at present. What is known, however, is that he is still not yet married.
He is Quite a Rich Dude
Barrett Foa has had an extensive career in theater and much more than that is his time as Eric Beale on NCIS: Los Angeles. Having been appearing on the show since 2009 as part of the show’s main cast, it isn’t a surprise that the actor has been able to build a total net worth of $3 million. He currently lives in a house worth $1.3 million, and a major part of his fortune was made from his acting career, as well as some of the endorsement deals he has had.