While at high school in Christchurch, Vinnie Bennett joined a friend who was trying out for a local theatre academy. Both won roles, and began performing in schools around New Zealand. Finding jobs more plentiful in Auckland, Bennett made the move north, and began acting in TV dramas like Filthy Rich and Resolve, plus 2014 short film Home. In 2017 he co-starred in big-screen thriller Human Traces. When the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Bennett was named one of eight ‘Rising Stars’. After relocating to Los Angeles, he was cast in the ninth episode of Hollywood franchise Fast and Furious.
I didn't really want to get into construction so I threw myself in my little Ford Laser, blasted off up the country to set up base in Auckland and I guess the rest is history. Vinnie Bennett, on how the 2010-11 Christchurch earthquakes helped encourage his acting career, Stuff, 24 March 2019