Bret Green was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. He’s the second youngest of five children. Shortly after completing his Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University (broadcast journalism), Bret took a marketing job in Scottsdale, AZ. It didn’t take long for him to realize that the corporate business world was not for him. He packed up his car and made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
Within a year of finding representation, Bret made his network television debut on the first season of the hit ABC show How to Get Away With Murder. He has also made appearances on Jane the Virgin (CW), Stalker (CBS), and The Goldbergs (ABC).
The Inspectors (CBS) is Bret’s first series regular role. He plays Preston Wainwright, a college student who is confined to a wheelchair and is a brilliant intern at the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) crime lab. Preston was severely injured in a car accident that also claimed the life of his father, Henry Wainwright (Carlos Bernard). Now, home life and professional life collide when Preston becomes determined to join the USPIS and walk again, all while navigating his way through college.
The Inspectors will be the only scripted drama on Saturday morning programming and the only show on network television that features a physically challenged lead character.
The show’s third season airs September 31 on CBS.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Actor Bret Green
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Bret Green: I’m currently filming seasons three and four of The Inspectors (CBS).
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Bret Green: I play Preston, a whiz kid confined to a wheelchair after a tragic car accident that killed his father. Preston has dreams of walking again and following in his parents’ footsteps in becoming a United States Postal Inspector.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Bret Green: I’ve worked with several directors during my time on The Inspectors. Each has a unique directing style, which requires the ability to adapt and work well with a variety of personality types. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really talent directors who have all taught me something new about TV and film. Every day is a new learning experience.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Bret Green: One of my favorite roles so far is the role I played in a movie called The Black String, which actually comes out next year. I played this guy who was such a punk! He was the definition of a bully, which is completely opposite from what I usually play. I think that’s why I liked it so much. Any chance to get dirty and truly step into someone else’s shoes is fun for me.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Bret Green: I really enjoy how every day is different. One day you’re auditioning for the next big Shonda Rhimes show and the next day you’re sitting in an audition room with people you used to watch on TV. What is so cool for me is how opportunity is everywhere. Between auditions, writing your own content, photography, etc. there are so many avenues to be creative AND successful.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Bret Green: I love photography. I got really into it when I was in Charleston, SC on location for a show. I was far away from friends and family and had free time on the weekends so I picked it up. It’s been super fun for me. I also like to make music and binge watch great TV 🙂
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Bret Green: I’m finishing up two more seasons of The Inspectors and then I’ve got a few things lined up for the winter. I’ve been writing a few projects as well, so I’m really excited to make some good progress on those as well.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Bret Green: Don’t try to impress anyone. Go in there and show you how you interpret the character and then leave it at that. Directors and producers can tell when you’re trying to impress and it never really goes over well. I always say go in the room like you’ve been there before. Its your job to be great. Be prepared!
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Bret Green: I recently volunteered at a Best Friends LA animal adoption and left with a cat! I really liked working with them because they treat the animals very humanely. I also really support the
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation because they had so many great resources for me when I was first researching for my role on The Inspectors. They are making some great strides towards ending paralysis, which I find incredibly admirable.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Bret Green: I’m grateful for my loving family, my supportive girlfriend, and anyone who sends love my way. I really do think love makes the world an exponentially greater place. I’m grateful that I’ve taken the time to learn who I am and really love myself. I also am especially grateful for my parents because they instilled creativity and a strong work ethic in me at an early age.