Travis Fimmel costars in A&E's "The Beast" with Patrick Swayze. Once upon a time, he was on pretty much every billboard everywhere wearing only Calvin Klein underwear. We caught up with him at the family farm in Australia.

How long are you down there?

As long as I can stay here till I come back and do press stuff. I get to dodge everybody.

So what did you do last night?

Had a couple of beers with a school buddy. Just working till 9 o'clock at night.

And how's the family?

Yeah, everybody's good, mate. My brother's got kids -- I'm the only one my parents are worried about.

Have you ever brought a girl back to the farm?

No! Not yet. She'd have to be a keeper. She'd have to be committed already. It's pretty tough out here. She'd have to say "I love you" before I bring her out. I'd probably have to marry her first! It's pretty dry and tough.

I don't guess most L.A. girls will even fly to Sydney.

Exactly. Unless it's on a private jet or something.

Maybe you don't like getting stuck in L.A. so much either.

I'm a country boy, mate! Not a real big fan of cities. But you gotta be there to work. Gotta be in L.A. But the thing is, I'm not sure, we'll find out in the next month or so if the show gets picked up. It's hard to commit to anything else, so I thought I'd come home.

You guys had a pretty intense time at the [television critics] press tour in January. [Swayze, who has pancreatic cancer, was supposed to be on a panel for "The Beast" along with Fimmel and the show's producers.]

Yeah, well Patrick got the pneumonia and went in the hospital that morning. So we were a man down for the day. It's pretty funny with 200 people sitting in front of you -- it's a little weird right? That's why I didn't do speeches in school. I didn't want to stand up in front of people and be the only one talking.

And yet you're working as an actor.

Yeah, that's another funny one. But no, I'm so comfortable with it.

And also, you know, people think you're really good looking. Is that weird getting treated like that?