Hollywood actor Zach McGowan had his career beginnings in the mid-2000s. His first acting gig was in the movie The Hunt for Eagle One. He next made one-episode roles in the television shows CSI: Miami and Numbers. He next played a small role in the movie Terminator Salvation, as well as appeared in the film Losing Control. In the 2010s, he played Jody in the TV series Shameless. His first notable role was as Charles Vane in the show Black Sails. More recently, he played Roan in The 100. His latest roles on television are as Anton Ivanov / The Superior in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Tennyson Duvall in Damnation.
The 36-year-old actor had a notable physical transformation for his role in Black Sails. After being cast, he and his co-stars started with a trainer. They were basically required to have a lean and ripped physique in order to play pirates/sailors. He attended one of the sessions but he decided to perform his own training. He explained: “I went along to one gym session – then never went back again! I do most of my training outside along the water in Capetown [where the series is filmed]. So yes, I thought about the fact that they didn’t have gyms in those days, and decided not to pump iron for the role.”
“To me, the idea that these guys had weight machines is kind of absurd. But did they pull their body weight up a lot? Yes, they did. You know that they had to climb up into the rigging. This was before the advent of winches and some of the things that make sailing so much easier. Everything had to be hoisted by hand, so I basically went by the adage that if it wasn’t giving me calluses, then it wasn’t the right workout. I tried to emulate what they were doing.” His own training basically consisted of distance running, pull-ups, and push-ups for five days a week. He revealed: “I did it with ten-mile runs, sets of 50 pull-ups, push-ups, inverted sit-ups, handstands and fight training.”