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Played con man-turned-hero James ''Sawyer'' Ford
LOOKING BACK ''God, it was just magical. That's where I got my first home, got married, had my first child. The things that happened there in Hawaii were phenomenal. I have no regrets.... However, [last summer] I'm looking around going, 'Damn, I wish I had a job to go to.' I was a little bit — forgive the pun, I'm gonna finally be able to use that word lost again one day — but I felt a little lost. I'm like, 'Oooh, this is tough to hang back and play chess now.'''
LIFE AFTER LOST He did some dirt-biking. He cruised around with the family in an Airstream. He turned down some cop-show offers, sparked by his season 6 turn as a detective. (''I'm like, 'Really?' I didn't think I was very good at that.'') And then, Holloway jetted off to Prague to shoot a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. ''No one recognized me,'' he chuckles. ''I shaved my beard, cut off my hair, and I was like, 'Oh my God, the Clark Kent disguise actually works! Change your hair, put some glasses on, and people don't know who you are!' It was refreshing not to just be Sawyer all the time.'' As for the role, he can only say: ''I'm definitely doing some ass kicking. And it's poignant. I think it'll get the audience.'' Holloway traded punches for punchlines when he guest-starred in the paintball-themed season finale of NBC's Community. ''There's a couple of good one-liners in there,'' he told EW before it aired. ''I hope I pull them off!''
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Played cursed lottery winner-turned-Island protector Hugo ''Hurley'' Reyes
LOOKING BACK ''That first summer that we were shooting the show, we knew we were doing something different. We had an episode that was half in Korean with subtitles, and we [said], 'People aren't doing this on TV right now.'''
ABOUT THAT FINALE ''I still get people who say that they love the show and didn't like the ending, and they'll ask me what I thought of the ending. I love the ending. For one thing, I end up with the Island. How can I not like that ending?''
LIFE AFTER LOST ''I was leaving Lost, prepared to wait a while for people to forget me in this one part before I might get a chance to find something else that was exciting to do,'' he shares. ''[But] everything just kept popping up.'' Indeed, he's appeared everywhere from the cover of Weezer's Hurley album to How I Met Your Mother to Mr. Sunshine to Fringe. Now Garcia is ready to settle down, signing on to star in another J.J. Abrams drama about people from another unusual island, Alcatraz. This time around, he plays Dr. Diego Soto, the leading expert on the infamous prison. ''He's a doctor, as in he has multiple Ph.D.'s, but he's still played by me, so he's not your typical expert.''
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Played headstrong compulsive fixer Dr. Jack Shephard
ON JACK'S JOURNEY One element of the series finale that everyone can agree on: Fox delivered an emotionally potent performance as a broken hero striving for redemption. ''Redemption is always a big theme for me, so I had waited a long, long time for that moment for Jack,'' Fox says. ''He had made so many mistakes and fallen apart and become this shell of a man and was really lost. And to finally get to play that end where he knows — he has the singular clarity of what he's meant to do and what the sacrifice will be — that felt good.''
LIFE AFTER LOST Fox's first project after leaving Hawaii was to relocate his family to Oregon. While he was still settling in, he was sent In a Forest Dark and Deep, a new play by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) that was to be staged in London's West End. ''A play in the West End of London is something I've always dreamed of doing,'' says Fox. ''I'd like to take on that kind of challenge. And the theater I've done has been phenomenally rewarding, so it's been my goal after Lost to get into a situation where I'm doing a film here and there and a play here and there — that broad of a structure.'' The one-act psychological thriller, which runs until June 4, features Fox as a vulgar, confrontational carpenter who arrives at a cabin in the woods to help his estranged sister (Dollhouse's Olivia Williams) pack up, but what ensues is ''a lot of surprises,'' says Fox, noting: ''Our siblings are oftentimes those people in the world who know us the deepest, and know how to get under each other's skin the easiest.''
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Played fertility doctor Juliet Burke
ON FAN FEEDBACK ''There's a whole bunch of people watching it on Netflix or DVD that say, 'Oh my God, I just saw you for the first time last night!' It keeps coming in waves, which is fun.... I was just on an airplane and the guy behind me was like, 'I'm not trying to make your life difficult, but I loved Juliet.' Why is that making my life difficult? What a wonderful thing to say!''
LIFE AFTER LOST Leaving the show after season 5 (but appearing in two episodes during the final season), Mitchell went on to star as FBI agent Erica Evans on ABC's reimagining of '80s alien-invasion miniseries V. ''I always thought it would be really fun to be the lead protagonist in a sci-fi show — I'm a dork,'' she laughs. ''I thought, 'If you get a chance to do what you dreamed of doing when you were a kid, you should probably do it once. You should kick ass if given the opportunity. Fight some aliens.''' In addition to saving the world, Mitchell plays a wife desperate to get pregnant in the upcoming indie drama Answers to Nothing, and guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order: SVU this season as a teacher accused of killing a student.
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Played ageless wonder Richard Alpert
ON THE LOST EXPERIENCE ''Much of the thrill was that you never knew what was coming around the corner,'' says Carbonell. ''I miss it in the biggest way.''
LIFE AFTER LOST Carbonell left the Island — and the country — to play a ruthless mayor in Cristiada, an upcoming indie movie starring Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole (''We shot all over Mexico — it's a tremendous epic film''). He returned to the tube last fall, guest-starring on USA's Psych, and may wind up on your DVR on a weekly basis: He'll play an FBI agent in Ringer, the murder-mystery starring Sarah Michelle Gellar that'll air on the CW this fall. ''This is an opportunity to go back to that serialized format that Lost had,'' he notes. ''I love the unexpected nature of that show, and this certainly has that element.''
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Played ghost-whispering Dharma child Miles Straume
WHAT LOST MEANT TO HIM ''I think of Lost like a gift,'' says Leung, who got the part of Miles after exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof saw the New York-based actor's memorable turn as a mental patient on The Sopranos and tailored the role for him. ''It was not asked for. It was a tap on the shoulder. Here — take this.''
LIFE AFTER LOST Leung played a tortured Chinese dissident in a recent episode of CBS' The Good Wife, and will appear in an upcoming episode of Bar Karma, a series created for Current TV by videogame whiz Will Wright (The Sims). Leung has also been cast in the pilot of soon-to-shoot A&E cop drama Big Mike. ''At first, I didn't like the idea of doing a police procedural,'' says Leung. ''But the show promises to be more than just that; it's about the relationship and bond among three best friends. I'm looking forward to getting into it.''
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HENRY IAN CUSICK
Played time-tripping Scottish hatch man Desmond Hume
LOOKING BACK ''I always thought we could have done another season. There were still some other things we could've gotten out of it. I was one of the few that didn't want it to end. I miss being with those people on the beach or on the set.''
ON HIS LAST DINNER ''I went out to dinner with Daniel Dae Kim last night, and he said, 'Come on Hawaii Five-0!' We're the only two that stayed on the island, so we meet up regularly. We meet up now more than we ever did on the show.''
LIFE AFTER LOST He guested last fall on Law & Order: SVU, hopes to direct a short film he wrote, and will star with Kerry Washington in the ABC pilot Scandal, a drama from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about a crisis-management team. ''It's fun, it's kind of sexy, but also has a bit of bite to it,'' says Cusick, who describes his character as a ''brilliant litigator with quite a few flaws.''
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Played fugitive Kate Austen
Not long after filming her final scenes for Lost, Lilly hopped a plane to Michigan to take on a whole new genre: Lost's leading lady will star opposite Hugh Jackman in the the sci-fi sports flick Real Steel, a futuristic drama about boxing robots, slated for an October release.
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EMILIE de RAVIN
Played troubled Aussie mom Claire Littleton
After starring in last summer's action comedy Operation: Endgame with Zach Galifianakis, de Ravin will appear opposite Famke Janssen in the indie thriller The Chameleon.
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Played destiny-seeking John Locke
During the final season, Quinn told EW he hoped to work again with his sparring partner Michael Emerson on a new show. That wish seemed to be fulfilled last fall when the two agreed to star in an NBC dramedy produced by J.J. Abrams. However, earlier this year, Abrams cast Emerson in Person of Interest, which got picked up for fall by CBS. Abrams says he and O'Quinn are currently exploring other options for working together. O'Quinn was in January's Lifetime TV movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.
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Played the leader of the Others, Benjamin Linus
Emerson has certainly been mixing it up on screen since leaving Lost: he played John Winthrop in the PBS miniseries God in America and popped up as a bug specialist on NBC's Parenthood. Next, he'll star in J.J. Abrams' fall CBS drama Person of Interest as an eccentric billionaire who joins forces with an ex-CIA agent to battle crime.
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Played the sometimes English-speaking Sun-Hwa Kwon (wife to Jin)
A popular actress in Korea before joining Lost, Kim recently starred in the Korean big-screen drama Heartbeat, about two people battling over a heart transplant.
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DANIEL DAE KIM
Played Jin-Soo Kwon, reluctant Mob goon and Sun's husband
ON LOST'S LEGACY ''I'm proud of how difficult our show has been to copy. In our show's life span of six years, there must have been 10 other shows that tried to copy it... and there's not a single one of them that you can look at now and say, 'Wow, that was a worthy successor to Lost.' It's a testament to the fact that our show was not formulaic.''
LIFE AFTER LOST He never truly left the island, staying in Hawaii to star on CBS' reboot of Hawaii Five-O. ''The fact that Hawaii Five-O came along when it did and where it did was a huge gift that fell into my lap, and it was undeniable to me as a sign of where my career should go next,'' says Kim, who will also appear as a modern-day gladiator with Samuel L. Jackson in the indie film The Killing Game. ''As much as I love the character of Jin, that left an almost indelible mark on what I could do as an actor, so it was really important to find a role that differs from him in many ways. Most notably of which was to speak English, because there were a lot of people in the industry — and I was surprised by this — who thought I could not speak English. And so I knew I needed to reestablish myself in that regard.''
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Played globe-trotting man of mystery Sayid Jarrah
The actor has been under the radar — and with good reason: He's been traveling with his family and is considering new projects.
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Does Lindelof still get Lost in his head? ''I expected that I would stop thinking about it as much, but I still think about it all the time — in a very healthy way,'' he says. ''Since we wrote the finale, I have not had a single Lost thought, like, 'Hey, I just had an idea for a cool story or flashback!''' He's got plenty of other ideas, though. One of the screenwriters of this summer's Cowboys & Aliens, Lindelof is now penning the Ridley Scott sci-fi drama Prometheus, rumored to be set in the Alien universe. ''The idea that I go to work on something that I myself would line up for,'' he says, ''that is the geek nirvana.'' In addition, he's co-writing and producing Star Trek 2: ''We're holding ourselves to a very high bar in terms of the best sequels out there, like Aliens or The Dark Knight.''
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''I miss having breakfast with Damon every morning — the creative conversation was just a wonderful way to start every day,'' reflects Cuse. ''But I don't miss the show. I feel like we got to tell the entire story of the show, and now life goes on.'' That's not to say that Cuse isn't living in the past — he's teamed up with Randall Wallace to develop a Civil War-set adventure series for ABC. ''This isn't about people in stovepipe hats; this isn't about Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln,'' says Cuse, who's also writing an action film starring Hugh Jackman. ''This is a fictional story about a family through [which] we examine all the issues of the Civil War.... We don't have any unicorns or spaceships, but we've got everything else.''
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The man behind Alias won an Emmy for directing Lost's classic pilot, and then left the show in the hands of Lindelof and Cuse during season 1 to helm Mission: Impossible III. ''When I look back at what the writers, cast, and crew did to build the amazing story that Damon and I started, it makes me proud,'' says Abrams, who is finishing up his next directorial effort, Super 8; producing the next Mission: Impossible; developing Star Trek 2; and has produced two TV pilots picked up to series for fall. It's no coincidence that many of these projects star Losties: ''I have a real love for those actors. We went through a meaningful experience together. It's great to keep working with them on other things or see them flourish in other projects.''