Australian newcomer Luke Cosgrove stars as Jay in the Spike Channel series The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella.

Luke’s character is the sheriff’s son: handsome, arrogant, confident, and a star quarterback who is later accused of a heinous crime.

Cosgrove was born in Nambour, Queensland, and raised on the Sunshine Coast, where he spent much of his time surfing. He started acting at the age of 11, and moved to Brisbane in his late teens to pursue his passion professionally, and starred in several short, independent Australian productions.

Chillin’ with Luke Cosgrove, black leather jacket, white t-shirt

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Tell us about what you are working on.

I recently shot the first season of The Mist in Canada last year. It was originally a short story written by Stephen King and tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town, bringing in a horrifying new reality for its residents and putting their humanity to the test. It basically begs the question, “What are people willing to do when blinded by fear?”

What do you do with your downtime?

See family and friends as much as possible. I surf, eat, drink coffee, do yoga, listen to live music, watch Netflix, hit the gym, sleep, and then do it all again.

Where do you like to go when dining out?

Anywhere with fresh food and good music.

Chillin’ with Luke Cosgrove, post lean, jean jacket

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What do you order when dining out?

Usually anything that has basil pesto in it. However, since coming to L.A., my mate and I have been hitting any place that serves sushi or soft tacos within a 20-mile radius.

Do you cook?

I’m not the best cook. I can make simple dishes like stir-fries and pastas. Whenever I feel adventurous and try to make something creative, it never works out, so I usually just stick to what I know. Both of my parents are great cooks, so maybe I should take a page out of their book.

What types of drinks do you order when out?

Depends on the night. Usually vodka, lime, and sodas. I don’t mind the occasional craft beer either from time to time.

Chillin’ with Luke Cosgrove, portrait blue suit

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Do you prepare drinks at home?

If I do, they’re always basic drinks. I’ve always wanted to be able to make cocktails for when people come around, so maybe I’ll buy a kit and learn how to do that.

Do you own a home bar?

I don’t own a bar right now, which is probably for the best. I’m certain someday I will.

What will your home bar be like?

I like to be prepared for any occasion, so I think I’d have it stocked with just about everything.

Chillin’ with Luke Cosgrove, leather jacket front view

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What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

My favorite drink/cocktail is an Espresso Martini.

Have you ever been a bartender?

I never made it that far. I started off doing dishes, then waited tables and then finally made it to a barback, or what we Australians refer to as a “glassy” (someone who stocks the bar with liquor, ice, glassware, beer, garnishes, etc.).

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