Flags of Our Fathers star overcame hardships to run for chief of his Manitoba reserve
His run for office:
Beach says he ran for chief because his family (some of whom still live on the reserve) asked him to, and while he would have gladly taken up the reins as leader, he also wasn't entirely surprised when he lost.
"Part of me was hoping I was going to win, but part of me also knew it wasn't going to happen. There is a lot of stuff in my community that people don't talk about. There's a lot of healing to be done and when you take someone like myself, who's coming in there with so much good power to make a change, you're tilting the balance, you're not part of the insecurities."
"He's Mohawk, from the Bronx," Beach explains of his character. "His generations of family built New York, so he's very tied into architecture and the structure of the city. He can't sleep and there's a reason why he's with the SVU and why he's so committed to it. He was a victim himself. I'm asking them to make Chester a Pandora's box that's going to be opened over the next three years." The job will take him away from Ottawa and his sons, who live with Beach's first wife, Meredith Porter. When he is not filming in Manhattan, however, Beach says he intends to be back home with his kids.