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Cast Trivia - Titus Welliver
He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but was raised in Philadelphia and Maine.
His dad, Neil Welliver, was a famous landscape painter, and his mom was a fashion illustrator. He has three brothers, Ethan and John. An additional brother, Silas, was killed overseas.
Like his father, Titus is a talented painter, and considered pursuing it as a career before he fell in love with acting.
He graduated from New York University, with a degree in Performing Arts.
He married actress Joanna Heimbold  in May 1998. They have a son (born May 1999) named Eamonn Lorcan Charles, and a daughter named Quinn (born 2002). They divorced in 2004, and Titus had another daughter in 2006, named Cora, with indie film  producer, Elizabeth Alexander. 
He has a tattoo on his left forearm of an Irish harp, featuring the  names and birth years of his children.  The tatoo on his upper-right arm  is the symbol of his karate dojo.
He enjoys playing the harmonica.
He appeared in the film Twisted and the show Supernatural with Mark Pellegrino. They both other appeared on Prison Break, in episodes right after each other.
He started watching Lost during the first season, but had trouble  watching every week, due to his busy work schedule and family life.
He and Terry O’Quinn never conferred about their interpretations in playing The Man in Black. In fact, Titus says they never spoke about it until the finale viewing party. He loved Terry’s portrayal though.
Since the Man in Black’s name was never revealed, many members of  the Lost cast and crew thought of him as “Titus”, since his name is so  powerful-sounding and unique.
He guest starred in a 1997 episode of Nash Bridges, produced by Carlton Cuse.
Like Neil Hopkins (Liam Pace), he’s well-known for his great Christopher Walken impersonation.
Quotes:
(on joining Lost) “It’s pretty insane. It’s pretty insane. This is a completely different  thing for me. At the street level, it has been crazy. People — from all walks of life — come up and say, “Now, you possessed Locke…?” “Are  you in fact Locke?” “Has the character of Locke been created from you,  and this was a whole setup to crash the plane?”
"I always thought of Smokey as being a real tragic hero, in a way. I  mean, what a place to play from. Here’s a human being who doesn’t want  any of this stuff he’s been handed. All he wants to do is go and find  his people. He wants to go and live a normal life and he can’t. He’s  being held a prisoner, and he just wants to escape. Where’s the evil in  that? We all can understand, if someone has been wrongly convicted and  incarcerated, that the driving force to become free under any  circumstances and what one would do to obtain that freedom. I found that  character really tragic — strong, but deeply tragic…but not evil."
"The thing I found extreme was the time I did the first episode from the  last season — I call it the Nestor Carbonell episode. Everywhere I  went, over a six-month period on a weekly basis, I would say maybe five  to ten times more people were stopping to ask me when I was going back  to Lost and if I had any sense of who my character was and what his name was.”
"I think Damon [Lindeloff] and Carlton [Cuse], and all those involved in Lost wanted to just tell a really good story, and they were able to cram all  those great storytelling elements into a television series in six  seasons, and you’re lucky if you can maintain that level of excellence  in a season or two of something. They managed to pull it off. There are  some naysayers who were Lost fans who said, ‘Well, by the third  season I was feeling lit. Things were kind of flopping around.’ If they  flopped around for the fans, it wasn’t for very long because nobody  left. They all admit that they stayed there. They might have felt  confused or irritated, but they hung in. That’s why I think this show  has real legs — if you can hold an audience for that long without it  being something that’s like a procedural law drama or a cop show or a  hospital show.”
"I feel very blessed for being a part of something that I think will really stand the test of time. I think Lost will continue to find new audiences generation after generation after  generation, and in that way, it’ll be fun to watch when I’m 80 years old  — some ten-year-old coming over and saying, ‘You’re the Man in Black?’ ‘I was.’ “
Videos:
Lost interview
Christopher Walken impersonation
Totally Lost
Buzzine Interview, with Mark Pellegrino

Cast Trivia - Titus Welliver

  • He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but was raised in Philadelphia and Maine.
  • His dad, Neil Welliver, was a famous landscape painter, and his mom was a fashion illustrator. He has three brothers, Ethan and John. An additional brother, Silas, was killed overseas.
  • Like his father, Titus is a talented painter, and considered pursuing it as a career before he fell in love with acting.
  • He graduated from New York University, with a degree in Performing Arts.
  • He married actress Joanna Heimbold in May 1998. They have a son (born May 1999) named Eamonn Lorcan Charles, and a daughter named Quinn (born 2002). They divorced in 2004, and Titus had another daughter in 2006, named Cora, with indie film producer, Elizabeth Alexander.
  • He has a tattoo on his left forearm of an Irish harp, featuring the names and birth years of his children. The tatoo on his upper-right arm is the symbol of his karate dojo.
  • He enjoys playing the harmonica.
  • He appeared in the film Twisted and the show Supernatural with Mark Pellegrino. They both other appeared on Prison Break, in episodes right after each other.
  • He started watching Lost during the first season, but had trouble watching every week, due to his busy work schedule and family life.
  • He and Terry O’Quinn never conferred about their interpretations in playing The Man in Black. In fact, Titus says they never spoke about it until the finale viewing party. He loved Terry’s portrayal though.
  • Since the Man in Black’s name was never revealed, many members of the Lost cast and crew thought of him as “Titus”, since his name is so powerful-sounding and unique.
  • He guest starred in a 1997 episode of Nash Bridges, produced by Carlton Cuse.
  • Like Neil Hopkins (Liam Pace), he’s well-known for his great Christopher Walken impersonation.

Quotes:

(on joining Lost) “It’s pretty insane. It’s pretty insane. This is a completely different thing for me. At the street level, it has been crazy. People — from all walks of life — come up and say, “Now, you possessed Locke…?” “Are you in fact Locke?” “Has the character of Locke been created from you, and this was a whole setup to crash the plane?”

"I always thought of Smokey as being a real tragic hero, in a way. I mean, what a place to play from. Here’s a human being who doesn’t want any of this stuff he’s been handed. All he wants to do is go and find his people. He wants to go and live a normal life and he can’t. He’s being held a prisoner, and he just wants to escape. Where’s the evil in that? We all can understand, if someone has been wrongly convicted and incarcerated, that the driving force to become free under any circumstances and what one would do to obtain that freedom. I found that character really tragic — strong, but deeply tragic…but not evil."

"The thing I found extreme was the time I did the first episode from the last season — I call it the Nestor Carbonell episode. Everywhere I went, over a six-month period on a weekly basis, I would say maybe five to ten times more people were stopping to ask me when I was going back to Lost and if I had any sense of who my character was and what his name was.”

"I think Damon [Lindeloff] and Carlton [Cuse], and all those involved in Lost wanted to just tell a really good story, and they were able to cram all those great storytelling elements into a television series in six seasons, and you’re lucky if you can maintain that level of excellence in a season or two of something. They managed to pull it off. There are some naysayers who were Lost fans who said, ‘Well, by the third season I was feeling lit. Things were kind of flopping around.’ If they flopped around for the fans, it wasn’t for very long because nobody left. They all admit that they stayed there. They might have felt confused or irritated, but they hung in. That’s why I think this show has real legs — if you can hold an audience for that long without it being something that’s like a procedural law drama or a cop show or a hospital show.”

"I feel very blessed for being a part of something that I think will really stand the test of time. I think Lost will continue to find new audiences generation after generation after generation, and in that way, it’ll be fun to watch when I’m 80 years old — some ten-year-old coming over and saying, ‘You’re the Man in Black?’ ‘I was.’ “

Videos:


Bonus Trivia - Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
Damon
He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He is an avid fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and Steven King.
He used to play in a band called Petting Zoo.
He’s called himself a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party.
He had one moment on screen in Lost, in the season 2 episode “?”. His hand played the role of Locke’s hand when flicking a light switch. 
In Through The Looking Glass, he voices the captain on Jack’s plane, apologizing for the turbulence.
At Comic-Con 2008, he called Exodus (season 1 finale) his favorite episode of those that he co-wrote, and Homecoming his least.
He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 2005.
Carlton
His real first name is Arthur; Carlton is his middle name.
He was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Boston and California.
He graduated from Harvard, with a degree in American History.
He’s a big fan of the Boston Red Sox.
He was the off-screen voice for the lottery show in Number that said “That’s right, Mary Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner.” He also voiced the newsperson describing the car crash following Jack’s suicide attempt.
As of Comic Con 2008, his favorite episodes out of those he wrote was The Constant.

Bonus Trivia - Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

Damon

  • He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
  • He is an avid fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and Steven King.
  • He used to play in a band called Petting Zoo.
  • He’s called himself a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party.
  • He had one moment on screen in Lost, in the season 2 episode “?”. His hand played the role of Locke’s hand when flicking a light switch.
  • In Through The Looking Glass, he voices the captain on Jack’s plane, apologizing for the turbulence.
  • At Comic-Con 2008, he called Exodus (season 1 finale) his favorite episode of those that he co-wrote, and Homecoming his least.
  • He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 2005.

Carlton

  • His real first name is Arthur; Carlton is his middle name.
  • He was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Boston and California.
  • He graduated from Harvard, with a degree in American History.
  • He’s a big fan of the Boston Red Sox.
  • He was the off-screen voice for the lottery show in Number that said “That’s right, Mary Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner.” He also voiced the newsperson describing the car crash following Jack’s suicide attempt.
  • As of Comic Con 2008, his favorite episodes out of those he wrote was The Constant.

Bonus Cast Trivia 
John Terry (Christian Shephard)
On 24, he played the father of a woman named Kate who becomes romantically involved with a man named Jack.
He is often mistakenly credited with voicing the “Previously on Lost”  narration, but it’s actually Llyod Braun, a former ABC chairman. 
Andrea Gabriel (Nadia)
She is one of just two actors to guest star in every season of Lost.
Both her parents are soap opera actors.
She loves The Karate Kid and can act out full scenes from the film.
Unlike Naveen Andrews, she is part Iranian.
Cheech Marin (David Reyes)
His birth name is Richard Anthony Marin. “Cheech” is derived from chicharron, a spicy fried pork skin snack.
Sawyer nicknames Karl “Cheech”, because he acts strangely after watching the room 23 video. This is a reference to Cheech’s famous role in Cheech and Chong. 
Cheech voiced Banzai, one of the hyenas, in The Lion King.
Neil Hopkins (Liam Pace)
He’s well known in the comedy world for his excellent Christopher Walken impersonation. (One example is here, from My Big Fat Independent Movie).
Unlike Liam, he is actually American, not British.
He’s played a musician in other tv shows, and has called these his favorite roles.
He is only seven months older than Dominic Monaghan.
Beth Broderick (Diane Janssen)
She is best known for her role as Aunt Zelda in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. On Lost, one of her daughter Kate’s aliases is Joan Hart. Actress Melissa Joan Hart portrayed Beth’s niece on Sabrina.
Lillian Hurst (Carmen Reyes)
She was in many TV shows in her native Puerto Rico, performed in off-broadway, and studied psychology at Santa Monica College.
Along with Andrea Gabriel, she is the other Lost guest star to appear in every season.

Bonus Cast Trivia

John Terry (Christian Shephard)

  • On 24, he played the father of a woman named Kate who becomes romantically involved with a man named Jack.
  • He is often mistakenly credited with voicing the “Previously on Lost” narration, but it’s actually Llyod Braun, a former ABC chairman.

Andrea Gabriel (Nadia)

  • She is one of just two actors to guest star in every season of Lost.
  • Both her parents are soap opera actors.
  • She loves The Karate Kid and can act out full scenes from the film.
  • Unlike Naveen Andrews, she is part Iranian.

Cheech Marin (David Reyes)

  • His birth name is Richard Anthony Marin. “Cheech” is derived from chicharron, a spicy fried pork skin snack.
  • Sawyer nicknames Karl “Cheech”, because he acts strangely after watching the room 23 video. This is a reference to Cheech’s famous role in Cheech and Chong.
  • Cheech voiced Banzai, one of the hyenas, in The Lion King.

Neil Hopkins (Liam Pace)

  • He’s well known in the comedy world for his excellent Christopher Walken impersonation. (One example is here, from My Big Fat Independent Movie).
  • Unlike Liam, he is actually American, not British.
  • He’s played a musician in other tv shows, and has called these his favorite roles.
  • He is only seven months older than Dominic Monaghan.

Beth Broderick (Diane Janssen)

  • She is best known for her role as Aunt Zelda in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. On Lost, one of her daughter Kate’s aliases is Joan Hart. Actress Melissa Joan Hart portrayed Beth’s niece on Sabrina.

Lillian Hurst (Carmen Reyes)

  • She was in many TV shows in her native Puerto Rico, performed in off-broadway, and studied psychology at Santa Monica College.
  • Along with Andrea Gabriel, she is the other Lost guest star to appear in every season.

Bonus Cast Trivia - Dharma lady + gents
François Chau (Pierre Chang)
He was born in Cambodia and speaks fluent French.
He ppeared in three episodes of JAG, along with Terry O’Quinn. The one without Terry featured a hijacked Oceanic plane that almost crashes into the pacific.
He didn’t know that Miles was Dr. Chang’s son until he read it in  the script. Though he had heard the theory from fans every since Miles  was introduced, he was “very surprised” that it was actually true.
When he auditioned for Lost, it was just for a single scene in the  first Dharma orientation video. He never excepted for it to turn into a  bigger role.
Reiko Aylesworth (Amy Goodspeed)
Her ancestry is 1/4 Japanese, 1/4 Welsh, and 1/2 Dutch.
Her first name is pronounced “Ray-co,” and means “child of thankfulness.”
She is best known for her role on 24.
Doug Hutchinson (Horace Goodspeed)
After graduating from Julliard, he struggled to find acting work.  To make ends meet, he had many odd jobs, including dressing as a  Citibank card while handing out fliers in NYC.
Other roles have included 24, I Am Sam, The Green Mile, The Burrowers, Party of Five and The Practice.
Eric Lange (Stuart Radzinsky)
In 2008, he appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds called Tabula Rasa, also the name of a season one Lost episode.
Recently appeared as a basketball couch on Modern Family.
Jon Gries (Roger Linus)
Despite planning Ben’s father, he’s actually almost three years younger than Michael Emerson.
He is also sometimes recognized from his role as Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite, or as a homeless man on Seinfeld, who refuses to return Kramer’s tupperware.
He starred in the 2008 film Taken with Maggie Grace.
Sterling Beaumon (Young Ben)
He is the youngest actor to ever have a recurring role on Lost.
He started dancing and acting when he was six. He is also a trained figure skater.
 His first commercial, at age six, was for Disney Cruise Lines. He  has since  been in several other national commercials, including  those for car manufacturers, pool products, foods and  movie studios.
He released a 9-song album, called Step Back to Reality in March 2010.
He is a huge fan of Toy Story and has several boxes of collectibles from the films.
He only started watching Lost after his season three appearance. He then  became a “huge fan”, often checking online message boards and listening  to the official podcasts. When receiving new scripts, he’d only read  through the young Ben scenes, since he didn’t want to be spoiled before  the episode’s airing.
During season 5, Damon Lindelof gave Sterling three theories and  told them that one would be true. They were: Locke is Ben’s brother,  Charlotte is a grown-up Annie, and Miles is Pierre Chang’s son. Sterling thought that the first and third were both true.
Clancy Brown (Kelvin Inman)
Was in the 2002 film The Laramie Project, along with Michael Emerson, Nestor Carbonell and Jeremy Davies.
He has a long list of voice-acting credits, perhaps most notably as Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob. He also can be heard as the commercial voice for Home Depot, Gerbers, Avis Rent-a-car and Honda.
Patrick Fischler (Phil)
He is Julia-Louise-Dreyfus’ brother-in-law; he’s married to her half-sister, actress Lauren Bowles. 
Julia only watched the show a few times, just to see him. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, she was unable to remember his character’s name, and misidentified him as one of the Others.

Bonus Cast Trivia - Dharma lady + gents

François Chau (Pierre Chang)

  • He was born in Cambodia and speaks fluent French.
  • He ppeared in three episodes of JAG, along with Terry O’Quinn. The one without Terry featured a hijacked Oceanic plane that almost crashes into the pacific.
  • He didn’t know that Miles was Dr. Chang’s son until he read it in the script. Though he had heard the theory from fans every since Miles was introduced, he was “very surprised” that it was actually true.
  • When he auditioned for Lost, it was just for a single scene in the first Dharma orientation video. He never excepted for it to turn into a bigger role.

Reiko Aylesworth (Amy Goodspeed)

  • Her ancestry is 1/4 Japanese, 1/4 Welsh, and 1/2 Dutch.
  • Her first name is pronounced “Ray-co,” and means “child of thankfulness.”
  • She is best known for her role on 24.

Doug Hutchinson (Horace Goodspeed)

  • After graduating from Julliard, he struggled to find acting work. To make ends meet, he had many odd jobs, including dressing as a Citibank card while handing out fliers in NYC.
  • Other roles have included 24, I Am Sam, The Green Mile, The Burrowers, Party of Five and The Practice.

Eric Lange (Stuart Radzinsky)

  • In 2008, he appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds called Tabula Rasa, also the name of a season one Lost episode.
  • Recently appeared as a basketball couch on Modern Family.

Jon Gries (Roger Linus)

  • Despite planning Ben’s father, he’s actually almost three years younger than Michael Emerson.
  • He is also sometimes recognized from his role as Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite, or as a homeless man on Seinfeld, who refuses to return Kramer’s tupperware.
  • He starred in the 2008 film Taken with Maggie Grace.

Sterling Beaumon (Young Ben)

  • He is the youngest actor to ever have a recurring role on Lost.
  • He started dancing and acting when he was six. He is also a trained figure skater.
  • His first commercial, at age six, was for Disney Cruise Lines. He has since  been in several other national commercials, including those for car manufacturers, pool products, foods and  movie studios.
  • He released a 9-song album, called Step Back to Reality in March 2010.
  • He is a huge fan of Toy Story and has several boxes of collectibles from the films.
  • He only started watching Lost after his season three appearance. He then became a “huge fan”, often checking online message boards and listening to the official podcasts. When receiving new scripts, he’d only read through the young Ben scenes, since he didn’t want to be spoiled before the episode’s airing.
  • During season 5, Damon Lindelof gave Sterling three theories and told them that one would be true. They were: Locke is Ben’s brother, Charlotte is a grown-up Annie, and Miles is Pierre Chang’s son. Sterling thought that the first and third were both true.

Clancy Brown (Kelvin Inman)

  • Was in the 2002 film The Laramie Project, along with Michael Emerson, Nestor Carbonell and Jeremy Davies.
  • He has a long list of voice-acting credits, perhaps most notably as Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob. He also can be heard as the commercial voice for Home Depot, Gerbers, Avis Rent-a-car and Honda.

Patrick Fischler (Phil)

  • He is Julia-Louise-Dreyfus’ brother-in-law; he’s married to her half-sister, actress Lauren Bowles.
  • Julia only watched the show a few times, just to see him. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, she was unable to remember his character’s name, and misidentified him as one of the Others.

Bonus Cast Trivia - Select other Others, who may interest my Tumblr brothas
Kimberley Joseph (Cindy)
She was born in Canada, raised in Australia, and educated in Switzerland.
Her mother was an airline hostess.
She used to model, and has lots of ballet training.
The scene in which Cindy confronts Charlie on the plane was the very first scene ever shot for the series; Therefor, Kimberely spoke the first words of the show’s production.
Cindy was originally supposed to die in the pilot episode. But the producers liked Kimberely so much, they decided to keep her alive and maybe show her again (which they obviously did.)
Fionnula Flanagan (Eloise)
She won a 1976 Emmy Award for a supporting role in a tv mini-series, and was nominated for a 1974 Tony.
Alan Dale (Charles Widmore)
He has extensive theater credits, has hosted his own radio shows and  is a successful voice-over artist in  Australia, the UK and the U.S.
He is well known for his 8-year role in the Australia show Neighbors (1985-1993), in which he played a kind and understanding father.
 He stopped watching Lost during season three. He told Hollywood.com, “I got sick of following it. It went through a lull in scripts in the third season.” He pinpointed “The Cost of Living” as when he gave up, saying that “Then, out of the bushes, came a black cloud which grabbed a black man and threw him to the ground, and I thought ‘I definitely can’t watch this anymore’.”
He worked as a milkman for several years.
Because he was busy performing in the West End production of Spamalot, a small film crew, along with Michael Emerson and Yunjin Kim, had to travel to London during season four for two scenes involving Widmore. These were the only scenes shot outside of the U.S. throughout the entire series.
M.C. Gainey (Tom Friendly)
Due to his ‘threatening’ looks and usually having a mustache, he almost always plays hillbilly-type criminals.
He’s said ,”With a face like this, there aren’t a lot of lawyers or priest roles  coming my way. I’ve gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that’s  what I’ve been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it’s  always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by  and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts.”
At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, he is the tallest actor to have a recurring role on Lost.
He accepted the role of Tom without a script or even any character description, simply because he wanted to work with Carlton Cuse.
He predicted that Tom’s sexuality early on, saying “If Kate’s not your type, you’re gay.”
He didn’t know that Tom’s beard was fake until he read it in the script.
Andrew Divoff (Mikhail)
He is octolingual; he speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French,  German, Catalan, Portuguese and Russian. He was at one also time able to  speak Romanian, but forgot it due to disuse. One language he actually doesn’t speak is Korean, which he had to learn a little of for Mikhail’s flash-sideways.
Blake Bashoff (Karl)
Despite playing a teenager on Lost, he was 25-years-old when he first appeared on the show.
From December 2007, until August 2009, he starred as Moritz in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Spring Awakening. 
He loved watching Lost. He’s said “I’m hooked! It’s a great show and the whole time-travel thing is really great.  Plus, it’s fun to watch my friends.”
John Hawkes (Lennon)
He had a small role in Rush Hour, which starred Ken Leung. 
 He also played a translator to a superior in an episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., a show created and produced by Carlton Cuse.
He lives in Los Angeles where he writes and performs with his band, King Straggler.
Hiroyuki Sanada (Dogen)
In 1999 and 2000, he was in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of  King Lear.  This was the first time a Japanese actor had ever performed with the theatrical group.
He is an incredibly well-known actor in Japan.
He is good friends with Jackie Chan.
He was offered the role of Dogen without a script - just the character’s background. He hadn’t ever seen the show before, but went back and watched every episode before knowing any of his character’s lines.

Bonus Cast Trivia - Select other Others, who may interest my Tumblr brothas

Kimberley Joseph (Cindy)

  • She was born in Canada, raised in Australia, and educated in Switzerland.
  • Her mother was an airline hostess.
  • She used to model, and has lots of ballet training.
  • The scene in which Cindy confronts Charlie on the plane was the very first scene ever shot for the series; Therefor, Kimberely spoke the first words of the show’s production.
  • Cindy was originally supposed to die in the pilot episode. But the producers liked Kimberely so much, they decided to keep her alive and maybe show her again (which they obviously did.)

Fionnula Flanagan (Eloise)

  • She won a 1976 Emmy Award for a supporting role in a tv mini-series, and was nominated for a 1974 Tony.

Alan Dale (Charles Widmore)

  • He has extensive theater credits, has hosted his own radio shows and is a successful voice-over artist in  Australia, the UK and the U.S.
  • He is well known for his 8-year role in the Australia show Neighbors (1985-1993), in which he played a kind and understanding father.
  • He stopped watching Lost during season three. He told Hollywood.com, “I got sick of following it. It went through a lull in scripts in the third season.” He pinpointed “The Cost of Living” as when he gave up, saying that “Then, out of the bushes, came a black cloud which grabbed a black man and threw him to the ground, and I thought ‘I definitely can’t watch this anymore’.”
  • He worked as a milkman for several years.
  • Because he was busy performing in the West End production of Spamalot, a small film crew, along with Michael Emerson and Yunjin Kim, had to travel to London during season four for two scenes involving Widmore. These were the only scenes shot outside of the U.S. throughout the entire series.

M.C. Gainey (Tom Friendly)

  • Due to his ‘threatening’ looks and usually having a mustache, he almost always plays hillbilly-type criminals.
  • He’s said ,”With a face like this, there aren’t a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I’ve gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it’s always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts.”
  • At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, he is the tallest actor to have a recurring role on Lost.
  • He accepted the role of Tom without a script or even any character description, simply because he wanted to work with Carlton Cuse.
  • He predicted that Tom’s sexuality early on, saying “If Kate’s not your type, you’re gay.”
  • He didn’t know that Tom’s beard was fake until he read it in the script.

Andrew Divoff (Mikhail)

  • He is octolingual; he speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Catalan, Portuguese and Russian. He was at one also time able to speak Romanian, but forgot it due to disuse. One language he actually doesn’t speak is Korean, which he had to learn a little of for Mikhail’s flash-sideways.

Blake Bashoff (Karl)

  • Despite playing a teenager on Lost, he was 25-years-old when he first appeared on the show.
  • From December 2007, until August 2009, he starred as Moritz in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Spring Awakening
  • He loved watching Lost. He’s said “I’m hooked! It’s a great show and the whole time-travel thing is really great.  Plus, it’s fun to watch my friends.”

John Hawkes (Lennon)

  • He had a small role in Rush Hour, which starred Ken Leung. 
  • He also played a translator to a superior in an episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., a show created and produced by Carlton Cuse.
  • He lives in Los Angeles where he writes and performs with his band, King Straggler.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Dogen)

  • In 1999 and 2000, he was in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of  King Lear. This was the first time a Japanese actor had ever performed with the theatrical group.
  • He is an incredibly well-known actor in Japan.
  • He is good friends with Jackie Chan.
  • He was offered the role of Dogen without a script - just the character’s background. He hadn’t ever seen the show before, but went back and watched every episode before knowing any of his character’s lines.

Cast Trivia Wrap-up

I had being posting my cast trivias in reverse alphabetical order, and today’s feature of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (wooo! points to me for typing that name out…again), means that they are now complete. But I still have a few related posts planned for the next couple of days. Stay tuned.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to make it into a popularity contestant, but I’m highly amused by the results. For quite a while there, it looked like Madison would stack up the most number of notes (now at 82), which I found ridiculously awesome. But Jeremy Davies and Matthew Fox have now slightly edged her out (83 and 90). And poor Zuleikha Robinson is the unofficial loser (not surprising…since I bet many of you reading this are thinking “WHO?!”)

Here’s the full trivia list for anyone who is interested. You can also browse them all together here, and read a bit about how I compiled the each post here.

I hope that most of you have enjoyed them!


Cast Trivia - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
He was born in London, to Nigeria immigrant parents.
His name is pronounced ADD-ay WAHL-ay ACK-id NOY-ay AG-ba-jay. Ade means “the crown”, Wale means “to arrive”, and when combined it means “the crown has arrived”. Akin is “warrior” and Agbaje is “prosperity and wealth”.
Since his name is so dificult to pronounce, most fans and even friends call him “Triple A.” Closer friends and family know him as “Wally” or even “Wally Badger.” 
His is a devout Buddhist.
 He is fluent in several languages, including Italian, Yoruba and Swahili. He also can “get along” in French. 
He earned a Masters of Law degree from The University of London. While enrolled there, he worked as a street cleaner from 1am to 5am.
He started his career modeling in Milan, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
From 1997 until 2000, he starred on the show Oz, along with Harold Perrineau (Michael Dawson.)
In the commentary track for the Oz’s first season DVD, the director said that Adewale would display his penis in scenes where it was not required by the script, but would refuse to do so when it was written in the script. 
He appeared in a Pet Shop Boys’ music video.
He’s said that Mr. Eko was created to “explore the spiritual side of the island.”
His Lost character was originally going to be called Emeka, but Adewale suggested Eko, since it’s a Nigerian tribe name. He also convinced producers to add the Mr.
During season two, told reporters that he thinks the Lost writers are just “winging it” and that they have no idea how it’s going to end.
Mr. Eko’s story was planned to last for several seasons, but Adewale asked to be killed off much earlier. He’s said that he felt isolated living in Hawaii. This was especially true after his parents passed away in late 2005.
Since he almost always plays African characters, he uses a Nigerian accent when acting. However, his natural voice is quite British, somewhat Cockney.
He considers himself a “method actor” and almost always stays in complete character while on set. This has allegedly caused a lot of resentment amongst the cast and crew of his various projects.
He was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii  on September 2, 2006 for disobeying a police officer and operating a  motor vehicle without a license. He was released after six hours on $500 bail. A few weeks later, he was cleared of all charges after providing proof that he had a license.
The Lost producers have said that they wanted Mr. Eko to return for the series finale. According to Eonline, he was offered “a hearty sum” to be in one scene, but he asked for five times that amount. Since a deal wasn’t able to be reached, he didn’t appear.
Quotes (all are about Lost):
"I’ve never been really great at trusting anybody, just because of the  way I grew up. I was always led to believe you should take care of  yourself, trust in your abilities and you’re the author of your own  destiny. Coming to this show is the opposite."
"I kind of feel for the people on the show who are just coming into the  business and this is their first gig. They’ve got a big letdown coming."
"When a star character on a hit show chooses to leave there’s always  speculation as to whether or not they’ve done this or that or not gotten  along with this or that person. Straight up: it was probably one of the  best relationships I’ve ever had in terms of developing a character,  and I think the character will be a testament to that."
"The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it  on or off - I’d rather stay in character. There was no socializing. I  would start two hours before I went to the set and I wouldn’t say any  other words other than the ones that I needed to say, that’s just the  way I work and I think that intensity comes across in my characters."
"It’s Lord of the Flies. It’s like, what are they going to do? Are they  going to kill each other? Are they going to rape the women? Who’s going  to become the leader, who’s going to, you know, get all the food? It’s  basically survival. Then, if you throw in some sun tans and some pretty  clothes and some good music and a few mystical twists…"
Video
short role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
funny/dirty scene on Oz
G.I. Joe interview
Mr. Eko’s death

Cast Trivia - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

  • He was born in London, to Nigeria immigrant parents.
  • His name is pronounced ADD-ay WAHL-ay ACK-id NOY-ay AG-ba-jay. Ade means “the crown”, Wale means “to arrive”, and when combined it means “the crown has arrived”. Akin is “warrior” and Agbaje is “prosperity and wealth”.
  • Since his name is so dificult to pronounce, most fans and even friends call him “Triple A.” Closer friends and family know him as “Wally” or even “Wally Badger.” 
  • His is a devout Buddhist.
  • He is fluent in several languages, including Italian, Yoruba and Swahili. He also can “get along” in French.
  • He earned a Masters of Law degree from The University of London. While enrolled there, he worked as a street cleaner from 1am to 5am.
  • He started his career modeling in Milan, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
  • From 1997 until 2000, he starred on the show Oz, along with Harold Perrineau (Michael Dawson.)
  • In the commentary track for the Oz’s first season DVD, the director said that Adewale would display his penis in scenes where it was not required by the script, but would refuse to do so when it was written in the script.
  • He appeared in a Pet Shop Boys’ music video.
  • He’s said that Mr. Eko was created to “explore the spiritual side of the island.”
  • His Lost character was originally going to be called Emeka, but Adewale suggested Eko, since it’s a Nigerian tribe name. He also convinced producers to add the Mr.
  • During season two, told reporters that he thinks the Lost writers are just “winging it” and that they have no idea how it’s going to end.
  • Mr. Eko’s story was planned to last for several seasons, but Adewale asked to be killed off much earlier. He’s said that he felt isolated living in Hawaii. This was especially true after his parents passed away in late 2005.
  • Since he almost always plays African characters, he uses a Nigerian accent when acting. However, his natural voice is quite British, somewhat Cockney.
  • He considers himself a “method actor” and almost always stays in complete character while on set. This has allegedly caused a lot of resentment amongst the cast and crew of his various projects.
  • He was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 2, 2006 for disobeying a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was released after six hours on $500 bail. A few weeks later, he was cleared of all charges after providing proof that he had a license.
  • The Lost producers have said that they wanted Mr. Eko to return for the series finale. According to Eonline, he was offered “a hearty sum” to be in one scene, but he asked for five times that amount. Since a deal wasn’t able to be reached, he didn’t appear.

Quotes (all are about Lost):

"I’ve never been really great at trusting anybody, just because of the way I grew up. I was always led to believe you should take care of yourself, trust in your abilities and you’re the author of your own destiny. Coming to this show is the opposite."

"I kind of feel for the people on the show who are just coming into the business and this is their first gig. They’ve got a big letdown coming."

"When a star character on a hit show chooses to leave there’s always speculation as to whether or not they’ve done this or that or not gotten along with this or that person. Straight up: it was probably one of the best relationships I’ve ever had in terms of developing a character, and I think the character will be a testament to that."

"The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I’d rather stay in character. There was no socializing. I would start two hours before I went to the set and I wouldn’t say any other words other than the ones that I needed to say, that’s just the way I work and I think that intensity comes across in my characters."

"It’s Lord of the Flies. It’s like, what are they going to do? Are they going to kill each other? Are they going to rape the women? Who’s going to become the leader, who’s going to, you know, get all the food? It’s basically survival. Then, if you throw in some sun tans and some pretty clothes and some good music and a few mystical twists…"

Video


Cast Trivia - Sam Anderson
He was born on May 13, 1945 in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota. He holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing, American Literature and Theater.
During the 1970s, he taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America. 
He’s been married since 1985, and is the father of twins.
He’s guest starred on a great number of TV shows. His roles include:
a plane crash survivor on the premiere episode of CSI: Miami
a doctor obsessed with Happy Days’ Fonzie, who delivers Phoebe’s triplets on Friends
Maggie Grace’s father on Miracles 
And just a few days ago: a middle school teacher named Walter Carmichael, whose classroom becomes a crime scene when a student is kidnapped
He’s also been on Grey’s Anatomy, Leverage, Malcolm in The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ally McBeal, One Tree Angel, Angel ER, Star Trek, Grow Pains and many more show and films.
Quotes:
(on Lost fans’ reaction to him) “It’s been phenomenal. When people come up and want to talk, which is a lot, it’s pretty genuine and very emotional. For an actor, that’s very heartening. You can tell they’re responding to the work in an emotional way and not just ‘guess who I saw.’ “
(on what he hopes happens to Rose and Bernard by the series finale) “It’s hard knowing where the island is going to end up and knowing it would be hard for them to leave. When Rose is there, she’s cancer free. When she’s back in the rest of the world, she’s probably not. I see them on the island in the middle of a little grass shack, watching the sunset, perfectly content.”
"Lost on television is very like playtime, because it’s like going to camp. You are out in the middle of the jungle, you are in the water, it’s perfectly okay to be dirty, it’s perfectly okay to be wet. You’re in the rainforest; you don’t need to worry about creating some kind of mythical place to be. You’re going to fall over the tree root, and the cameraman’s probably going to fall over with you. You’ve got it all right there in front of you, and it’s like magic."
Video:
Appearance on FRIENDS (at about 3:00 and again at 6:03…sorry I can’t find a better quality vid on youtube)
Sweet Jin/Bernard scene
Flash-sideways!Bernard
interview about his creative process 
Behind The Scenes of S.O.S.

Cast Trivia - Sam Anderson

  • He was born on May 13, 1945 in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota. He holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing, American Literature and Theater.
  • During the 1970s, he taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
  • He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
  • He’s been married since 1985, and is the father of twins.

He’s guest starred on a great number of TV shows. His roles include:

  • a plane crash survivor on the premiere episode of CSI: Miami
  • a doctor obsessed with Happy Days’ Fonzie, who delivers Phoebe’s triplets on Friends
  • Maggie Grace’s father on Miracles
  • And just a few days ago: a middle school teacher named Walter Carmichael, whose classroom becomes a crime scene when a student is kidnapped
  • He’s also been on Grey’s Anatomy, Leverage, Malcolm in The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ally McBeal, One Tree Angel, Angel ER, Star Trek, Grow Pains and many more show and films.

Quotes:

(on Lost fans’ reaction to him) “It’s been phenomenal. When people come up and want to talk, which is a lot, it’s pretty genuine and very emotional. For an actor, that’s very heartening. You can tell they’re responding to the work in an emotional way and not just ‘guess who I saw.’ “

(on what he hopes happens to Rose and Bernard by the series finale) “It’s hard knowing where the island is going to end up and knowing it would be hard for them to leave. When Rose is there, she’s cancer free. When she’s back in the rest of the world, she’s probably not. I see them on the island in the middle of a little grass shack, watching the sunset, perfectly content.”

"Lost on television is very like playtime, because it’s like going to camp. You are out in the middle of the jungle, you are in the water, it’s perfectly okay to be dirty, it’s perfectly okay to be wet. You’re in the rainforest; you don’t need to worry about creating some kind of mythical place to be. You’re going to fall over the tree root, and the cameraman’s probably going to fall over with you. You’ve got it all right there in front of you, and it’s like magic."

Video:


Cast Trivia - Naveen Andrews
His full name is Naveen William Sidney Andrews. He was born in South-West London, and is of Indian ancestry. His first name means “new” in Sanskrit.
He clashed with his conservative  parents from a young age. He saw starring in school plays as a “joyful release”, but his parents were very angry about his acting ambitions, hoping he would follow a more academic route. Naveen has since revealed that his father was ‘very violent’.
At age 16, he fell in love with his 30-year-old math teacher. Many tabloids report that he moved in with her and her husband at this age (and that the husband was shocked to find them in bed together one day), but Naveen has denied this.
His father died of a heart attack when Naveen was 18, and he began openly living with his former teacher. In 1992, though the couple had since broken up, they had a son named Jaisal. He now lives with his mom in London, but has a close relationship with Naveen.
He attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, along with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis.
During the beginning of his film career, Naveen became an alcoholic and drug abuser. He’s also since spoken about being addicted to heroin for two years in the mid-90s. As of a 2008 interview, Naveen had been completely clean for four years.
At age 29, he met actress Barbara Hershey on the set of an obscure indie film, and they started dating. She was 50 at the time and had a 25-year-old son. They were together for about six years, until a brief split in 2005. During this time, Naveen fathered a son, named Joshua, with another woman. However, he soon got back together with Barbara - until they split again in late 2009.
One major reason that he wanted to audition for Sayid was that he “couldn’t bloody believe a prime-time TV show would have an Iraqi ex-Republican Guard torturer as a main character.”
It was his idea for Sayid to romance Shannon, and the producers agreed with the unexpected match. They also thought it would deepen Shannon’s character.
His nickname for Maggie Grace is “Miss America.”
Naveen has said that he wishes he were more like Sayid. Unlike his character, he claims that he is “absolutely not competent” and “can barely change a light bulb.”
He is a smoker, and would often go on cigarette breaks with Ken Leung during filming.
He is a talent guitarist and singer, having played since around age twelve. Along with Terry O’Quinn, he would often entertain the Lost cast and crew during breaks. He’s said that he loves Country music.
As of summer 2008, the only episode he ever watched of Lost was the pilot. He absolutely hates seeing himself act.
He’s joked about the possibility of a Lost sequel, saying “Maybe it could be Locke… and Ben… and a baby!” But he opinions that if any sequel did actual happen “then Damon should be shot!”
Quotes:
"Older  women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than  younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see  lines. I want to see wrinkles."”One of the great things about the show is that it is a collaborative  process. For example, it was my idea to have the relationship with  Shannon. I thought, ‘What would really shock Middle-America? What if  Sayid was to have a relationship with a woman that looked like Miss  America?’  The most unlikely pairing…to come completely from left  field.”
"When I first got the premise, it was limited at best and dreadful at  worst. People crashing on an island - how many possible permutations can  you get out of that?"
(on “what’s going to happen next?” on Lost) “Look, I would love to bloody know, I really would, because it’s sort of like  the Stalin Politburo. Disinformation and very little information from the  very beginning. You think, ‘Why do they do this? We’re adults.’ I guess Stalin  felt the same way about his minions. ‘No, they’re not adults.’ “
"In  Hollywood, it’s normal to have white men with black women, but the  reverse is too threatening. It’s not an issue for me or the people I  know, so everyone should fucking get with it.""A  slice of hot, buttered toast is the perfect meal. It’s not too much and  not too little, and it gives you just the right buzz."(on the Lost monster) “At first I thought it was like a Dr. Moreau thing, like somebody must  have built something that goes around and eats people. But I honestly  think it’s a device put in by the producers that if any of the actors  get out of hand, they get eaten by a monster. And it’s true. Everyone’s  s**t scared of being eaten.”
(on what Lost mystery he’s most curious about) “The foot with the f**king toe missing. What was that and is it going to  come back? Is there going to be two feet next time, with a geezer on  top as the rest of the body?”
Videos:
Interview with Jonathan Ross, in which he talks a lot about his troubled youth and drug-addicted years (part 1, part 2)
Answering Lost fan questions
Singing in the 1998 movie My Own Country
Sharing what one item he’d bring on a deserted island
Kissing compilation
Sayid murders a dude with his feet

Cast Trivia - Naveen Andrews

  • His full name is Naveen William Sidney Andrews. He was born in South-West London, and is of Indian ancestry. His first name means “new” in Sanskrit.
  • He clashed with his conservative  parents from a young age. He saw starring in school plays as a “joyful release”, but his parents were very angry about his acting ambitions, hoping he would follow a more academic route. Naveen has since revealed that his father was ‘very violent’.
  • At age 16, he fell in love with his 30-year-old math teacher. Many tabloids report that he moved in with her and her husband at this age (and that the husband was shocked to find them in bed together one day), but Naveen has denied this.
  • His father died of a heart attack when Naveen was 18, and he began openly living with his former teacher. In 1992, though the couple had since broken up, they had a son named Jaisal. He now lives with his mom in London, but has a close relationship with Naveen.
  • He attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, along with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis.
  • During the beginning of his film career, Naveen became an alcoholic and drug abuser. He’s also since spoken about being addicted to heroin for two years in the mid-90s. As of a 2008 interview, Naveen had been completely clean for four years.
  • At age 29, he met actress Barbara Hershey on the set of an obscure indie film, and they started dating. She was 50 at the time and had a 25-year-old son. They were together for about six years, until a brief split in 2005. During this time, Naveen fathered a son, named Joshua, with another woman. However, he soon got back together with Barbara - until they split again in late 2009.
  • One major reason that he wanted to audition for Sayid was that he “couldn’t bloody believe a prime-time TV show would have an Iraqi ex-Republican Guard torturer as a main character.”
  • It was his idea for Sayid to romance Shannon, and the producers agreed with the unexpected match. They also thought it would deepen Shannon’s character.
  • His nickname for Maggie Grace is “Miss America.”
  • Naveen has said that he wishes he were more like Sayid. Unlike his character, he claims that he is “absolutely not competent” and “can barely change a light bulb.”
  • He is a smoker, and would often go on cigarette breaks with Ken Leung during filming.
  • He is a talent guitarist and singer, having played since around age twelve. Along with Terry O’Quinn, he would often entertain the Lost cast and crew during breaks. He’s said that he loves Country music.
  • As of summer 2008, the only episode he ever watched of Lost was the pilot. He absolutely hates seeing himself act.
  • He’s joked about the possibility of a Lost sequel, saying “Maybe it could be Locke… and Ben… and a baby!” But he opinions that if any sequel did actual happen “then Damon should be shot!”

Quotes:

"Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles."

One of the great things about the show is that it is a collaborative process. For example, it was my idea to have the relationship with Shannon. I thought, ‘What would really shock Middle-America? What if Sayid was to have a relationship with a woman that looked like Miss America?’ The most unlikely pairing…to come completely from left field.”

"When I first got the premise, it was limited at best and dreadful at worst. People crashing on an island - how many possible permutations can you get out of that?"

(on “what’s going to happen next?” on Lost) “Look, I would love to bloody know, I really would, because it’s sort of like the Stalin Politburo. Disinformation and very little information from the very beginning. You think, ‘Why do they do this? We’re adults.’ I guess Stalin felt the same way about his minions. ‘No, they’re not adults.’ “

"In Hollywood, it’s normal to have white men with black women, but the reverse is too threatening. It’s not an issue for me or the people I know, so everyone should fucking get with it."

"A slice of hot, buttered toast is the perfect meal. It’s not too much and not too little, and it gives you just the right buzz."

(on the Lost monster) “At first I thought it was like a Dr. Moreau thing, like somebody must have built something that goes around and eats people. But I honestly think it’s a device put in by the producers that if any of the actors get out of hand, they get eaten by a monster. And it’s true. Everyone’s s**t scared of being eaten.”

(on what Lost mystery he’s most curious about) “The foot with the f**king toe missing. What was that and is it going to come back? Is there going to be two feet next time, with a geezer on top as the rest of the body?”

Videos:

  • Interview with Jonathan Ross, in which he talks a lot about his troubled youth and drug-addicted years (part 1, part 2)
  • Answering Lost fan questions
  • Singing in the 1998 movie My Own Country
  • Sharing what one item he’d bring on a deserted island
  • Kissing compilation
  • Sayid murders a dude with his feet

Cast Trivia - L. Scott Caldwell
She was born Laverne Scott, but goes just by her first initial - L. 
She’s the middle of three children, and was raised in Chicago.
In December 1984, she was hailing a cab in NYC when she was struck by a car. Her back was  severely injured and she was unable to work for nearly two years. 
L’s first audition after her recovery was for the Broadway play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She got that role and  went on to win a 1988 Best Actress Tony Award for it.
She married John Caldwell in her early twenties, and had a son, named Ominara with him. They divorced in the early 1980s. 
She married Dasal Banks, an artist, photographer and director in 2004. They had planned on just going to Las Vegas for a quick wedding, but took advantage of L’s casting on Lost to wed in Hawaii.
Rose and Bernard’s backstory is largely based on L and John’s relationship. She married John at an older age than most newlyweds, and knew that he had cancer. He passed away in 2005, after only a year of marriage. His ashes are scattered near their wedding location.
She asked to avoid meeting Sam Anderson, who plays Bernard, before their season 2 reunion. When the characters spot each other on the beach, it was actually the first time the actors ever saw each other. L thought this would provide the most genuine emotion for the anticipated scene.
Like most viewers, L was very surprised that Bernard wasn’t black. She’s said that she had been picturing a man similar to her own husband. However, she loves that producers went against this expectation.
Quote:
"Rose was a character of faith, and I  think she has a very positive energy.  People respond to that. The kinds of lives we live, you want to escape  into something that’s better than what we have. Having a character like  Rose that’s always life-affirming, I think made an impact."
Videos:
2010 Lost Interview
Interview at the 2010 Tony Awards
Surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel
Rose/Bernard’s reunion

Cast Trivia - L. Scott Caldwell

  • She was born Laverne Scott, but goes just by her first initial - L.
  • She’s the middle of three children, and was raised in Chicago.
  • In December 1984, she was hailing a cab in NYC when she was struck by a car. Her back was severely injured and she was unable to work for nearly two years.
  • L’s first audition after her recovery was for the Broadway play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She got that role and  went on to win a 1988 Best Actress Tony Award for it.
  • She married John Caldwell in her early twenties, and had a son, named Ominara with him. They divorced in the early 1980s.
  • She married Dasal Banks, an artist, photographer and director in 2004. They had planned on just going to Las Vegas for a quick wedding, but took advantage of L’s casting on Lost to wed in Hawaii.
  • Rose and Bernard’s backstory is largely based on L and John’s relationship. She married John at an older age than most newlyweds, and knew that he had cancer. He passed away in 2005, after only a year of marriage. His ashes are scattered near their wedding location.
  • She asked to avoid meeting Sam Anderson, who plays Bernard, before their season 2 reunion. When the characters spot each other on the beach, it was actually the first time the actors ever saw each other. L thought this would provide the most genuine emotion for the anticipated scene.
  • Like most viewers, L was very surprised that Bernard wasn’t black. She’s said that she had been picturing a man similar to her own husband. However, she loves that producers went against this expectation.

Quote:

"Rose was a character of faith, and I think she has a very positive energy. People respond to that. The kinds of lives we live, you want to escape into something that’s better than what we have. Having a character like Rose that’s always life-affirming, I think made an impact."

Videos:


Cast Trivia - Nestor Carbonell
First of, no, he doesn’t were eyeliner…or eye makeup of any kind. In fact, the Lost makeup artists used concealer to tone down the natural darkness of his eyes. As a child, he was teased and bullied quite a bit because of it. At age five, he even tried to cut his eyelashes off, before his mom caught him. He’s no longer self-conscious of it though.
He was born in NYC, and is of Cuban and Spanish descent. He lived in over a dozen places, including: Mexico, Venezuela, Florida, Connecticut, The Bahamas and London - all before college. 
He attended Harvard University, where he first began acting and graduated with a B.A. in English.
He auditioned to appear in just one episode of Lost, as a mysterious man recruiting Juliet. After filming wrapped, he heard about six weeks later that they wanted him back. He figured it was another flashback, and was very excited when he learned that he’d be on the island.
During the production of Lost’s last few season 3 episodes, Nestor was cast in a starring role on the new CBS show Cane. The Lost writers modified their original story plan for the season in  anticipation of his unavailability. Despite Nestor’s willingness to still make a Lost appearance, CBS’ president wouldn’t allow it. But once Cane was canceled during the 2007-2008 writers’ strike, Nestor was freed from his CBS contract and appeared in season 4.
He met his wife, actress Shannon Kenny, on the set of the 2000 film Attention Shoppers. The married in January 2001 in Sydney, Australia.
He has two sons, named Rafaell and Marco, born in 2002 and 2005.
He’s fluent in Spanish, as demonstrated in Ab Aeterno. 
His character in the 2006 film Smokin’ Aces is the only one who interacts with Matthew Fox’s character. Nestor kills him.
He was in the 2002 film The Laramie Project with Michael Emerson and Jeremy Davies.
He and his family didn’t move to Hawaii until the filming of the final Lost season.
Ab Aeterno was his first time acting extensively in Spanish, and he was extremely excited by the challenge. He did some research on the Canary Islands beforehand, in order to perfect the accent.
Quotes:
"I always felt from the beginning when I recruited Juliet that  even in that episode, I wanted to play against being sinister or having  some sort of hidden agenda — even though I end up killing her  ex-husband. I knew that I had to play him as genuinely as possible, and I  wondered, ‘Maybe he’s genuine because he truly is genuine.  Maybe there’s some greater reason why he has to get her to this island,  even though he has to commit murder in the process.’ Even if the guy ends  up being evil, you still have to be your own defense attorney in terms  of defending your character. I always justified everything I did, even  having Ben gas the Dharma Initiative.”
(on Richard’s backstory finally being revealed) “I didn’t even tell my wife. Oh, my wife. Typically she doesn’t want to  know, but this time she kind of wanted to know a little ahead of time.  But I said, ‘You know what? You’ve waited this long, just wait until it  airs.’ She knew I was wearing a wig and I’d let my beard grow. And, G-d  knows, she and the kids had to deal with my beard for three weeks.”
(on his favorite island time-period) “I think I was digging the vibe of the seventies when I tapped Ben. I  was digging those groovy years. The loose clothing and the long hair —  those were some fun times.”
"A lot of the crew felt really sorry for me when Mark Pellegrino was slamming me in the water. But I have to tell you, after being in the  Black Rock for five days straight, I really welcomed that bath in the  ocean tremendously."
"I had a commercial agent, and they sent me  out for some print commercial stuff. And they called me into the office  and said, ‘Look, we called you in to talk to you because we just want  you to know that…well, we don’t think you need to wear eyeliner.’ And  I’m, like, 'What?' 'Yeah, it’s okay, you don’t have to wear it for print ads.' 'No, I’m not wearing eyeliner!’ And I kept dabbing my eyes and saying, ‘Look! No eyeliner!  I’m not wearing any!’ And, finally, they started laughing.”
Videos:
dancing on Suddenly Susan
singing on Kim Possible
applying eyeliner at Comic Con
Lost interview
being Batmanual in The Tick
killing Matthew Fox (in quite a sexy way)

Cast Trivia - Nestor Carbonell

  • First of, no, he doesn’t were eyeliner…or eye makeup of any kind. In fact, the Lost makeup artists used concealer to tone down the natural darkness of his eyes. As a child, he was teased and bullied quite a bit because of it. At age five, he even tried to cut his eyelashes off, before his mom caught him. He’s no longer self-conscious of it though.
  • He was born in NYC, and is of Cuban and Spanish descent. He lived in over a dozen places, including: Mexico, Venezuela, Florida, Connecticut, The Bahamas and London - all before college.
  • He attended Harvard University, where he first began acting and graduated with a B.A. in English.
  • He auditioned to appear in just one episode of Lost, as a mysterious man recruiting Juliet. After filming wrapped, he heard about six weeks later that they wanted him back. He figured it was another flashback, and was very excited when he learned that he’d be on the island.
  • During the production of Lost’s last few season 3 episodes, Nestor was cast in a starring role on the new CBS show Cane. The Lost writers modified their original story plan for the season in anticipation of his unavailability. Despite Nestor’s willingness to still make a Lost appearance, CBS’ president wouldn’t allow it. But once Cane was canceled during the 2007-2008 writers’ strike, Nestor was freed from his CBS contract and appeared in season 4.
  • He met his wife, actress Shannon Kenny, on the set of the 2000 film Attention Shoppers. The married in January 2001 in Sydney, Australia.
  • He has two sons, named Rafaell and Marco, born in 2002 and 2005.
  • He’s fluent in Spanish, as demonstrated in Ab Aeterno
  • His character in the 2006 film Smokin’ Aces is the only one who interacts with Matthew Fox’s character. Nestor kills him.
  • He was in the 2002 film The Laramie Project with Michael Emerson and Jeremy Davies.
  • He and his family didn’t move to Hawaii until the filming of the final Lost season.
  • Ab Aeterno was his first time acting extensively in Spanish, and he was extremely excited by the challenge. He did some research on the Canary Islands beforehand, in order to perfect the accent.

Quotes:

"I always felt from the beginning when I recruited Juliet that even in that episode, I wanted to play against being sinister or having some sort of hidden agenda — even though I end up killing her ex-husband. I knew that I had to play him as genuinely as possible, and I wondered, ‘Maybe he’s genuine because he truly is genuine. Maybe there’s some greater reason why he has to get her to this island, even though he has to commit murder in the process.’ Even if the guy ends up being evil, you still have to be your own defense attorney in terms of defending your character. I always justified everything I did, even having Ben gas the Dharma Initiative.”

(on Richard’s backstory finally being revealed) “I didn’t even tell my wife. Oh, my wife. Typically she doesn’t want to know, but this time she kind of wanted to know a little ahead of time. But I said, ‘You know what? You’ve waited this long, just wait until it airs.’ She knew I was wearing a wig and I’d let my beard grow. And, G-d knows, she and the kids had to deal with my beard for three weeks.”

(on his favorite island time-period) “I think I was digging the vibe of the seventies when I tapped Ben. I was digging those groovy years. The loose clothing and the long hair — those were some fun times.”

"A lot of the crew felt really sorry for me when Mark Pellegrino was slamming me in the water. But I have to tell you, after being in the Black Rock for five days straight, I really welcomed that bath in the ocean tremendously."

"I had a commercial agent, and they sent me out for some print commercial stuff. And they called me into the office and said, ‘Look, we called you in to talk to you because we just want you to know that…well, we don’t think you need to wear eyeliner.’ And I’m, like, 'What?' 'Yeah, it’s okay, you don’t have to wear it for print ads.' 'No, I’m not wearing eyeliner!’ And I kept dabbing my eyes and saying, ‘Look! No eyeliner! I’m not wearing any!’ And, finally, they started laughing.”

Videos:


Cast Trivia - Henry Ian Cusick
He usually goes by his middle name - Ian. 
He was born in Peru to a Peruvian mother and Scottish father. He still speaks Spanish fluently.
He lived in Spain, Scotland and Trinidad and  Tobago, all before he was 15.
He moved back to Scotland at 15 to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He later joined the Citizens’ Theatre.
He was raised Roman Catholic, and seriously considered entering the seminary. His father was a minister and his uncle was a priest. 
He’s peformed with many traveling theater troupes, including: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National  Theatre, The Almeida, Liverpool Playhouse and Babel Theatre Company.
He lived with Annie Wood for about 14 years before they married in June 2006. They have three sons:  Elias, Lucas and Esau. 
He’s portrayed Jesus, Charles Darwin and of course, a time-traveling Scotsman.
While staying with his friend, actor Brian Cox, in 2004, Ian briefly met Cox’s neighbor in his driveway. That neighbor was Carlton Cuse. Ian later auditioned for Desmond by sending in a video tape from London. After he earned the role, Carlton noticed that show scripts were being sent to an address next door. He then vaguely remembered meeting Ian.
One major thing that appealed to him about the Desmond role is that he could use his natural  accent. The producers wanted either an Irish or Scottish actor.
In 2006, he was nominated for a best guest-star Emmy for the season 2 finale. He was the only cast member to earn a nomination that year.
He didn’t cut his hair for the 1996 flashback scenes in “The Constant”.  Rather, his long locks were hidden under a wig. All the freighter scenes  were shot first, and then he shaved off all his facial hair for the  flashbacks. He wore a fake beard for the next two episodes while his  real one grew back.
When asked what other Lost character he would like to play, he said that he “wouldn’t want to swap him for any other character.” It’s the “best and richest” role character he’s ever had.
His favorite Desmond episode was “Live Together, Die Alone”, because it finally gave him some information on Desmond’s background.
To stay fit, he swims, surfs, runs, cycles and does a bit of soccer.
He says that, like Desmond, “Tell me not to do something and I’ll do it.” 
He said he once stole “a Desmond blue shirt”, but had to give it back.
His family loves living in Hawaii, and they plan to stay there at least until his oldest son graduates from high school in two years.
Quotes:
"I turned up in Hawaii four  years ago on a three episode arc, but it was one of those gigs where I looked  around and I thought ‘wow this would be just  the coolest job to get’,  so when I think about it, I wanted it so much.  I remember being on set and everything just seemed  to be easy; It wasn’t  a difficult transition, just one of those things I  kind of manifested it." 
(on if he thinks he’s worth of expensive scotch) “Sixty-year-old scotch? I certainly wouldn’t drink it in the office.  That’s a good question, actually. Am I a man worthy? Of course! We’re  all worthy of 60-year-old scotch. It’s only 60-year-old scotch, you  know? If it was 120 year-old scotch, it might be different.”
"[Desmond’s] been kind of lucky. He has the ability to foresee the future, and  he had the ability to travel in his mind. So these are sort of cool  qualities that we all sort of think, ‘Oh, what would that be like?’ And he has the ability to withstand great amounts of electromagnetism.  When you have these qualities, you’re always a little bit cooler than  the rest.”
(on filming Charlie’s death scene with Dominic) “It sent shivers up my spine. It was just very moving. He’s a really tremendous actor.”
"I love Terry O’Quinn. He’s a wonderful guy, wonderful actor. He is the one that I really, really enjoy working with. Our scenes, I thought, were quite special. I can’t wait to get back to work with him."
"[Josh Holloway] is the sweetest guy in real life. He’s Mr. Energy. When he’s on set, he’s laughing and joking with everyone. He’s having a blast."
"There’s so much I’m going to miss about it. Just going to work, being  part of  the show called “Lost.” Getting to play Desmond Hume, you  know. When I read the other scripts that are coming in or stuff that I’m  up for, nothing really compares. He’s such a rich character, it’s going  to be hard to top."
Videos:
answering some fan questions with Nestor Carbonell
Season 4 interview
being Jesus
being Charles Darwin
being a brotha

Cast Trivia - Henry Ian Cusick

  • He usually goes by his middle name - Ian.
  • He was born in Peru to a Peruvian mother and Scottish father. He still speaks Spanish fluently.
  • He lived in Spain, Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago, all before he was 15.
  • He moved back to Scotland at 15 to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He later joined the Citizens’ Theatre.
  • He was raised Roman Catholic, and seriously considered entering the seminary. His father was a minister and his uncle was a priest.
  • He’s peformed with many traveling theater troupes, including: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, The Almeida, Liverpool Playhouse and Babel Theatre Company.
  • He lived with Annie Wood for about 14 years before they married in June 2006. They have three sons: Elias, Lucas and Esau.
  • He’s portrayed Jesus, Charles Darwin and of course, a time-traveling Scotsman.
  • While staying with his friend, actor Brian Cox, in 2004, Ian briefly met Cox’s neighbor in his driveway. That neighbor was Carlton Cuse. Ian later auditioned for Desmond by sending in a video tape from London. After he earned the role, Carlton noticed that show scripts were being sent to an address next door. He then vaguely remembered meeting Ian.
  • One major thing that appealed to him about the Desmond role is that he could use his natural  accent. The producers wanted either an Irish or Scottish actor.
  • In 2006, he was nominated for a best guest-star Emmy for the season 2 finale. He was the only cast member to earn a nomination that year.
  • He didn’t cut his hair for the 1996 flashback scenes in “The Constant”. Rather, his long locks were hidden under a wig. All the freighter scenes were shot first, and then he shaved off all his facial hair for the flashbacks. He wore a fake beard for the next two episodes while his real one grew back.
  • When asked what other Lost character he would like to play, he said that he “wouldn’t want to swap him for any other character.” It’s the “best and richest” role character he’s ever had.
  • His favorite Desmond episode was “Live Together, Die Alone”, because it finally gave him some information on Desmond’s background.
  • To stay fit, he swims, surfs, runs, cycles and does a bit of soccer.
  • He says that, like Desmond, “Tell me not to do something and I’ll do it.”
  • He said he once stole “a Desmond blue shirt”, but had to give it back.
  • His family loves living in Hawaii, and they plan to stay there at least until his oldest son graduates from high school in two years.

Quotes:

"I turned up in Hawaii four years ago on a three episode arc, but it was one of those gigs where I looked around and I thought ‘wow this would be just the coolest job to get’, so when I think about it, I wanted it so much.  I remember being on set and everything just seemed to be easy; It wasn’t a difficult transition, just one of those things I kind of manifested it." 

(on if he thinks he’s worth of expensive scotch) “Sixty-year-old scotch? I certainly wouldn’t drink it in the office. That’s a good question, actually. Am I a man worthy? Of course! We’re all worthy of 60-year-old scotch. It’s only 60-year-old scotch, you know? If it was 120 year-old scotch, it might be different.”

"[Desmond’s] been kind of lucky. He has the ability to foresee the future, and he had the ability to travel in his mind. So these are sort of cool qualities that we all sort of think, Oh, what would that be like? And he has the ability to withstand great amounts of electromagnetism. When you have these qualities, you’re always a little bit cooler than the rest.”

(on filming Charlie’s death scene with Dominic) “It sent shivers up my spine. It was just very moving. He’s a really tremendous actor.”

"I love Terry O’Quinn. He’s a wonderful guy, wonderful actor. He is the one that I really, really enjoy working with. Our scenes, I thought, were quite special. I can’t wait to get back to work with him."

"[Josh Holloway] is the sweetest guy in real life. He’s Mr. Energy. When he’s on set, he’s laughing and joking with everyone. He’s having a blast."

"There’s so much I’m going to miss about it. Just going to work, being part of the show called “Lost.” Getting to play Desmond Hume, you know. When I read the other scripts that are coming in or stuff that I’m up for, nothing really compares. He’s such a rich character, it’s going to be hard to top."

Videos:


Cast Trivia - Jeremy Davies
His given birth name is Jeremy Davies Boring. Davies is his mother’s maiden name.
He’s the second of four children. His dad (well-known childrens’ book author Mel Boring) split from his mother when he was very young, and he lived with his mother. But, at age 9, he moved to his father and step-mother’s home in California, after his mother died of Lupus.
He’s never married, but he’s been romantically linked with Drew Barrymore and Milla Jovovich.
He’s appeared on The Wonder Years, Melrose Place and General Hospital.
In 1993, he was in a car commercial for Subaru television commercial. It was a memorable spot that made many casting executives contact him for big auditions.
He starred in the 2000 film The Laramie Project, with Michael Emerson and Nestor Carbonell.
He dropped over thirty pounds, from his already thin frame, to play a Vietnam War prisoner in the 2007 film Rescue Dawn.
He was extremely interested in auditioning for Lost, because it was one of the few shows currently on television that he knew well and admired.
Faraday was originally conceived as just an  occasional guest star, but Jeremy was promoted to the regular cast  before season 4 premiered. 
Damon Lindelof has said that he and Cartlon "never had a more awesome exit interview with somebody on the show" after Jeremy was told that Faraday would soon die. He was quite saddened by the news, but understood the importance of his character’s death to the plot.
Terry O’Quinn once said that Jeremy “would walk around holding a miniature boom box. He always wanted to provide music for  everyone — whether they wanted it or not.” 
He told Jimmy Kimmel that he kept Faraday’s thin black tie.
He’s often referred to himself as a “misfit.”
He’s said that he’s always been “pathologically skinny.”
Like his Lost character, he enjoys reading about quantum mechanics. He had this interest for a few years before the show.
Quotes:
"The creators of Lost are endowed with some seriously certified, god-size  talent. For a misfit like me, an offer to make coffee for those  gentlemen is one I’d find terribly difficult to pass up."
"There have been so many  compelling synchronicities between my life and Faraday’s story line. I’d be in a lot more trouble, personally, if I didn’t  have this opportunity to channel these energies within me.”
"If I have a page of dialogue, with ten lines on it, to arrive on the set  thinking that’s all I should offer, that would make me feel like I was  insulting the director. I like to have so much more underneath. Each  line I say is the consideration of a heartbeat."
Videos:
Sex scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal (from the 2002 movie Secretary)
Subaru commercial
Appearance in a 1992 episode of Melrose Place
Lost interview snip-it
Evie, Jeremy and a horse

Cast Trivia - Jeremy Davies

  • His given birth name is Jeremy Davies Boring. Davies is his mother’s maiden name.
  • He’s the second of four children. His dad (well-known childrens’ book author Mel Boring) split from his mother when he was very young, and he lived with his mother. But, at age 9, he moved to his father and step-mother’s home in California, after his mother died of Lupus.
  • He’s never married, but he’s been romantically linked with Drew Barrymore and Milla Jovovich.
  • He’s appeared on The Wonder Years, Melrose Place and General Hospital.
  • In 1993, he was in a car commercial for Subaru television commercial. It was a memorable spot that made many casting executives contact him for big auditions.
  • He starred in the 2000 film The Laramie Project, with Michael Emerson and Nestor Carbonell.
  • He dropped over thirty pounds, from his already thin frame, to play a Vietnam War prisoner in the 2007 film Rescue Dawn.
  • He was extremely interested in auditioning for Lost, because it was one of the few shows currently on television that he knew well and admired.
  • Faraday was originally conceived as just an occasional guest star, but Jeremy was promoted to the regular cast before season 4 premiered.
  • Damon Lindelof has said that he and Cartlon "never had a more awesome exit interview with somebody on the show" after Jeremy was told that Faraday would soon die. He was quite saddened by the news, but understood the importance of his character’s death to the plot.
  • Terry O’Quinn once said that Jeremy “would walk around holding a miniature boom box. He always wanted to provide music for everyone — whether they wanted it or not.”
  • He told Jimmy Kimmel that he kept Faraday’s thin black tie.
  • He’s often referred to himself as a “misfit.”
  • He’s said that he’s always been “pathologically skinny.”
  • Like his Lost character, he enjoys reading about quantum mechanics. He had this interest for a few years before the show.

Quotes:

"The creators of Lost are endowed with some seriously certified, god-size talent. For a misfit like me, an offer to make coffee for those gentlemen is one I’d find terribly difficult to pass up."

"There have been so many compelling synchronicities between my life and Faraday’s story line. I’d be in a lot more trouble, personally, if I didn’t have this opportunity to channel these energies within me.”

"If I have a page of dialogue, with ten lines on it, to arrive on the set thinking that’s all I should offer, that would make me feel like I was insulting the director. I like to have so much more underneath. Each line I say is the consideration of a heartbeat."

Videos:


Cast Trivia - Emilie De Ravin
As a child, she wasn’t much interested in watching cartoons. She loved Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, as well as Alfred Hitchock films. 
She has two sisters - both more than fifteen year older than her.
After dating for four years, she married Josh Janowicz, in the summer of 2006. They split just six months later.
During the first season of Lost, Emilie says that she was probably  the least recognized member of the cast. Many fans were surprised to  see that she was skinny and not pregnant.
She had an obstetrician on set for Claire’s labor, so that the situation would feel as real as possible.
She studied ballet since age 9 and at age 15, she was  accepted into the highly selective Australian Ballet School. However, she dropped out after a year to pursue acting.
The first album she ever bought was by The Beatles, she loved Alanis Morissette in high school and her go-to karaoke song is Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.”
Despite being on Lost, she’s never been afraid of flying.
She has two dogs, named Bella and Mabel.
Besides playing a pregnant character on Lost, her characters on the series Roswell and in the film Brick were also pregnant.
Her favorite food is sushi. One of her favorite TV show is Friends.
Her only food allergy is peanuts. She was a bit disappointed to  read in the Lost script that the her character’s favorite food was  peanut butter, since it is one thing she can’t eat.
She said that she would love to explore more comedic roles, as well as star in period pieces. She loves learning about different decades, and has said that she thinks she should have been born in the mid-to-late 1940s.
She avoided watching season 5 of Lost, because she didn’t want to  know the things her character’s wouldn’t. She found filming the final  season more interesting that way, even though she still heard a good  deal about her missed season from the cast and crew.
Quotes:
"When I’m getting asked what it’s like kissing Rob (Pattinson), I’m really intrigued  by what people are really looking for. I mean, do they want me to describe  his mouth? [laughs] What can you say? It’s like, well, his lips part at  about 2.3 millimeters. It’s funny."
(on the wig she wore as Claire in season 6) “There probably are rats in there.”
"Honestly, I think my favorite moments were at the beginning of the  series when the original cast was working together, and just sort of  hanging out. This final season has been like the old days. It’s kind of  nice getting back to that, if you just forget that it’s ending, which is  kind of sad. But I’d much rather have it conclude while it’s still good  and people are still interested, as opposed to just sort of petering out.  I will miss it though.”"
(on Claire’s “squirrel baby”) “I was thinking it could maybe be the new Tickle Me Elmo at  Christmastime. I could make some cash off this. A Tickle Me Elmo baby  with detachable arms.”
"I’ve never dyed my hair. I’d actually love to dye it black, well,  not  quite black but really dark brown, one day, just for a change. But I’m  told it will never come  back again. I think there’s definitely the  stereotype of the dumb blonde, but if people buy into  that they’re  lame. I wish people looked to people more for their personality than  looks."
Videos:
audition for Lost
2006 interview with Craig Ferguson
season 6 interview with Sky1
discussing how she got the role of Claire
season 6 talk with Daniel Dae Kim

Cast Trivia - Emilie De Ravin

  • As a child, she wasn’t much interested in watching cartoons. She loved Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, as well as Alfred Hitchock films.
  • She has two sisters - both more than fifteen year older than her.
  • After dating for four years, she married Josh Janowicz, in the summer of 2006. They split just six months later.
  • During the first season of Lost, Emilie says that she was probably the least recognized member of the cast. Many fans were surprised to see that she was skinny and not pregnant.
  • She had an obstetrician on set for Claire’s labor, so that the situation would feel as real as possible.
  • She studied ballet since age 9 and at age 15, she was accepted into the highly selective Australian Ballet School. However, she dropped out after a year to pursue acting.
  • The first album she ever bought was by The Beatles, she loved Alanis Morissette in high school and her go-to karaoke song is Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.”
  • Despite being on Lost, she’s never been afraid of flying.
  • She has two dogs, named Bella and Mabel.
  • Besides playing a pregnant character on Lost, her characters on the series Roswell and in the film Brick were also pregnant.
  • Her favorite food is sushi. One of her favorite TV show is Friends.
  • Her only food allergy is peanuts. She was a bit disappointed to read in the Lost script that the her character’s favorite food was peanut butter, since it is one thing she can’t eat.
  • She said that she would love to explore more comedic roles, as well as star in period pieces. She loves learning about different decades, and has said that she thinks she should have been born in the mid-to-late 1940s.
  • She avoided watching season 5 of Lost, because she didn’t want to know the things her character’s wouldn’t. She found filming the final season more interesting that way, even though she still heard a good deal about her missed season from the cast and crew.

Quotes:

"When I’m getting asked what it’s like kissing Rob (Pattinson), I’m really intrigued by what people are really looking for. I mean, do they want me to describe his mouth? [laughs] What can you say? It’s like, well, his lips part at about 2.3 millimeters. It’s funny."

(on the wig she wore as Claire in season 6) “There probably are rats in there.”

"Honestly, I think my favorite moments were at the beginning of the series when the original cast was working together, and just sort of hanging out. This final season has been like the old days. It’s kind of nice getting back to that, if you just forget that it’s ending, which is kind of sad. But I’d much rather have it conclude while it’s still good and people are still interested, as opposed to just sort of petering out. I will miss it though.”"

(on Claire’s “squirrel baby”) “I was thinking it could maybe be the new Tickle Me Elmo at Christmastime. I could make some cash off this. A Tickle Me Elmo baby with detachable arms.”

"I’ve never dyed my hair. I’d actually love to dye it black, well, not quite black but really dark brown, one day, just for a change. But I’m told it will never come back again. I think there’s definitely the stereotype of the dumb blonde, but if people buy into that they’re lame. I wish people looked to people more for their personality than looks."

Videos:


Cast Trivia - Michael Emerson
He was born and raised in Iowa, and graduated from Drake University, where he studied theater and art. 
After college, he moved to New York City. He had trouble finding  acting jobs for a while, so he worked in retail and freelanced as an  illustrator for magazines and newspapers. Some of the publications he worked for were: Psychology Today, Business Week, Barron’s, and The New York Times. (Here’s one of his drawings - as shown on Jimmy Fallon.)
He seriously considered giving up acting for a more steady career as a teacher.
He has narrated a few audio-books, including one by James Patterson.
He shares a birthday (September 7th) with Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), though he is one year older.
His first marriage ended in 1993 and he married Carrie Preston in 1998. They met in an Alabama stage production of Hamlet. He played Guildenstern and she was Ophelia.
He starred along Uma Thurman in a 1998 off-broadway play.
He appeared in the film The Laramie Project, which also featured Nestor Carbonell and Jeremy Davies.
He has a great passion for classical theater, especially Shakespeare. He also has said that he loves ghost stories.
Like many viewers, he’s said that he wonders what could have been  further explored with Ben’s childhood friend Annie. Overall though, he  loved Ben’s character arc and was delighted by the many surprises.
He’s said that Ben’s immediate reaction to Alex’s death was the most challenging moment to play. His least favorite season was season 2, because Ben (as Henry Gale) was much flatter, colder and violent. He began to truly enjoy playing Ben as his sense of humor developed.
After the finale, he said that he planned to watch the whole series over again.
He never viewed Ben as “bad” or “evil”, but more of “a complicated anti-hero.”
His most memorable fan encounter was a Japanese tourist couple who showed off their baby to him, and announced they named him Ben after his character. Michael found this quite odd.
He’s called Mr. Eko one of his favorite characters. He wishes he could have worked with him more.
He didn’t have to audition for Lost. The producers remembered his terrifying performance as a serial killer in The Practice (which won him a guest-star Emmy)  and asked him to appear in two or three episodes. They knew he was “a  keeper” when he said the line “You guys got any milk?” so ingeniously.
He was closest with Terry O’Quinn on set, and often attended parties at Jorge Garcia’s house. Jorge also stayed in his L.A. home for a few days this summer.
Quotes:
(on Dr. Linus) “It’s not often you’re a regular on a TV show and you get to play two  characters. It’s like the writers came up with your evil twin or your  shipwrecked cousin.”
"I think that’s one of the reasons people pay attention to Ben. His  emotional system is off. It’s sometimes inappropriate, the stuff he gets  riled up about, the stuff he doesn’t care about. Americans, in general,  although we think of ourselves as rough and tumble people, we are  sentimental and soft-hearted, at least with our arts, and it worries us  when a character is calculating, evil, cold."
"Sometimes — and I say this only half in jest — sometimes I think I’m in a comedy, only no one knows it except me."
"Sometimes they would shock me by making Ben more villainous than even I  imagined. The massacre of the Dharma Initiative was a shock to me, and  the strangling of John Locke was a shock to me, but those are great  episodes too, and memorable work. So, I perform whatever they write, but  sometimes you think, ‘Wow we’re really going there? OK. Here we go.’ "
"I will always love the scene where Hurley and I shared a candy bar on a  log in the rain forest. That was hilarious. We still talk about it  because we keep analyzing it as if it were a comic bit, and we feel like  it’s missing one beat to make it truly funny."
(on his wife appearing on Lost) “We didn’t have any scenes together because she was playing my mother,  so she had to give birth to a little baby me. It was kind of strange,  but it was fun to go to the set, and she’d be clocking out, and I’d be  clocking in. It was so crazy to go, ‘Hello honey, how was your day?’ in  the middle of this jungle.”
"I think Ben, like all humans, is eligible for the afterlife — it may just take him more time to get there."
(on what he’ll remember most about Lost) “Landscape, camaraderie, rainbows and taking some beatings.”
Videos:
Jimmy Kimmel interview (part 1, part 2)
Reading mundane lines creepily (1, 2 and 3)
Starring in a 1992 prison training video
Scene in The Practice
Doing some cheerleader moves
Audition for Hurley
ABC promo
Appearance on The Soup

Cast Trivia - Michael Emerson

  • He was born and raised in Iowa, and graduated from Drake University, where he studied theater and art.
  • After college, he moved to New York City. He had trouble finding acting jobs for a while, so he worked in retail and freelanced as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers. Some of the publications he worked for were: Psychology Today, Business Week, Barron’s, and The New York Times. (Here’s one of his drawings - as shown on Jimmy Fallon.)
  • He seriously considered giving up acting for a more steady career as a teacher.
  • He has narrated a few audio-books, including one by James Patterson.
  • He shares a birthday (September 7th) with Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), though he is one year older.
  • His first marriage ended in 1993 and he married Carrie Preston in 1998. They met in an Alabama stage production of Hamlet. He played Guildenstern and she was Ophelia.
  • He starred along Uma Thurman in a 1998 off-broadway play.
  • He appeared in the film The Laramie Project, which also featured Nestor Carbonell and Jeremy Davies.
  • He has a great passion for classical theater, especially Shakespeare. He also has said that he loves ghost stories.
  • Like many viewers, he’s said that he wonders what could have been further explored with Ben’s childhood friend Annie. Overall though, he loved Ben’s character arc and was delighted by the many surprises.
  • He’s said that Ben’s immediate reaction to Alex’s death was the most challenging moment to play. His least favorite season was season 2, because Ben (as Henry Gale) was much flatter, colder and violent. He began to truly enjoy playing Ben as his sense of humor developed.
  • After the finale, he said that he planned to watch the whole series over again.
  • He never viewed Ben as “bad” or “evil”, but more of “a complicated anti-hero.”
  • His most memorable fan encounter was a Japanese tourist couple who showed off their baby to him, and announced they named him Ben after his character. Michael found this quite odd.
  • He’s called Mr. Eko one of his favorite characters. He wishes he could have worked with him more.
  • He didn’t have to audition for Lost. The producers remembered his terrifying performance as a serial killer in The Practice (which won him a guest-star Emmy) and asked him to appear in two or three episodes. They knew he was “a keeper” when he said the line “You guys got any milk?” so ingeniously.
  • He was closest with Terry O’Quinn on set, and often attended parties at Jorge Garcia’s house. Jorge also stayed in his L.A. home for a few days this summer.

Quotes:

(on Dr. Linus) “It’s not often you’re a regular on a TV show and you get to play two characters. It’s like the writers came up with your evil twin or your shipwrecked cousin.”

"I think that’s one of the reasons people pay attention to Ben. His emotional system is off. It’s sometimes inappropriate, the stuff he gets riled up about, the stuff he doesn’t care about. Americans, in general, although we think of ourselves as rough and tumble people, we are sentimental and soft-hearted, at least with our arts, and it worries us when a character is calculating, evil, cold."

"Sometimes — and I say this only half in jest — sometimes I think I’m in a comedy, only no one knows it except me."

"Sometimes they would shock me by making Ben more villainous than even I imagined. The massacre of the Dharma Initiative was a shock to me, and the strangling of John Locke was a shock to me, but those are great episodes too, and memorable work. So, I perform whatever they write, but sometimes you think, ‘Wow we’re really going there? OK. Here we go.’ "

"I will always love the scene where Hurley and I shared a candy bar on a log in the rain forest. That was hilarious. We still talk about it because we keep analyzing it as if it were a comic bit, and we feel like it’s missing one beat to make it truly funny."

(on his wife appearing on Lost) “We didn’t have any scenes together because she was playing my mother, so she had to give birth to a little baby me. It was kind of strange, but it was fun to go to the set, and she’d be clocking out, and I’d be clocking in. It was so crazy to go, ‘Hello honey, how was your day?’ in the middle of this jungle.”

"I think Ben, like all humans, is eligible for the afterlife — it may just take him more time to get there."

(on what he’ll remember most about Lost) “Landscape, camaraderie, rainbows and taking some beatings.”

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