In 2004, a new TV series took the world by storm. Lost was like nothing we had ever seen, combining Gilligan’s Island with the best of The Twilight Zone, all within Damon Lindelof and J.J Abrams’ crazy mystery box. The show, which follows the survivors of a plane crash on island adventures, won the Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2005.
Fans of Lost, or “Losties” remember the show fondly over 10 years after it has ended. Even though there were some rough patches – we all would like to forget about Jack’s tattoos – the series as a whole was groundbreaking. Filled with complex characters, high stakes, and a death count unparalleled at the time, Lost kept us watching until the very end.
One of the greatest strengths of the six season long series was its diverse ensemble cast. The friendships made and enemies created were continually put to bat in the pressure cooker that was the Island. Through dozens of flashbacks, the audience grew to know these characters and, through intense online debating, the theories concerning their fates.
Though the fates of the characters have long-been decided, the fates of the actors that played them are uncertain. They have taken on other roles, some in movies and TV shows we love. As many unanswered questions as there were from that series finale, we have one in particular on our minds: The Cast of Lost. Where Are They Now?
Matthew Fox played Dr. Jack Shepard, a man of science. Jack functioned as the primary protagonist of the series, receiving the very first flashback in the pilot episode. We see the crash through his eyes, and get to know him best of all the survivors (some would argue we get to know him too well).
Seemingly tired of playing the good guy, Fox went on to play several villains after Lost. 's run. As Racer X in Speed Racer, and Picasso in Alex Cross, he proved he has the ability to shine through in even the greatest of trainwrecks. Unfortunately, both of those films bombed at the box office, and Fox hasn’t been able to get as much high-profile work since. Most recently, he worked alongside Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson in the horror-western Bone Tomahawk, one of the most underrated films of 2015.
Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly is far-and-away the greatest success story of the show (so far). She started off her post-Lost career by immediately playing opposite Hugh Jackman in Real Steel, a movie about boxing robots. Lilly followed it up by playing the elf warrior Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. The next logical step up the action movie ladder was a superhero film, and the now 36 year old crossed that off her list last year with Marvel's Ant-Man. She's set to reprise her role as Hope van Dyne opposite Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and The Wasp in the summer of 2018, after having narrowly missed the cut for the Captain America: Civil War roster. We can’t wait to see her put on the suit for the first time, as she'll apparently have a major part to play in the story. She may even get her own solo adventure at some point.
Lilly, who played firecracker Kate Austen on LOST, certainly has the star power to go far. However, she is more focused on her humanitarian efforts, donating her time and money to the Sierra Club, the GO Campaign, and others. Here’s hoping she clears her schedule for Avengers: Infinity War.
Hurley, the much-needed comic relief of the series, often stole the show thanks a dedicated performance from Jorge Garcia. His sweet naivety made him popular among other survivors of flight 815, and he stood in for the viewer when debating with others about the mysteries of the island. Like us, he had no clue what was going on.
Garcia went on a play a small role on How I Met Your Mother as another man with notoriously bad luck. He currently stars with fellow Lost alums on the CBS remake of Hawaii Five-0 as Jerry Ortega. It’s a fun role to be sure, but we’d love to see him providing belly laughs on the big screen, in a similar vein to the roles Michael Pena and T.J. Miller have been snatching up as of late. He tried his hand at comedy in Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous 6, one of the worst reviewed movie of 2015, but perhaps the future is brighter.
The lovable bad-boy of the show, Sawyer was a fan-favorite for many. Unlike the more moral Jack or the constantly philosophizing Locke, Sawyer was a man of action. He was also a frightened little boy who took on the name of the con artist who killed his parents in a decade long search to find and kill him…but that’s beside the point.
Holloway has starred in a few TV shows since LOST, none of them quite as successful. The most recent is Colony, from LOST writer and co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Like most of the alum, Holloway has stuck to TV for now, but only time will tell if he makes it into movies. One thing is for sure, he hasn't aged a damn day.
Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) was a man in a failing marriage before the plane crashed. He alienated his loving wife by constantly disappearing to work for her father, a job that was becoming increasingly violent. On the island, Jin and Sun began to repair their lives together, but secrets keep rearing their ugly heads.
Dae Kim was phenomenal on Lost and is continuing to do great work on television. He stars on Hawaii Five-0 alongside Jorge Garcia as Chin Ho Kelly, a show in its 5th season. We last saw him on the big screen in the Divergent Series: Insurgent and Allegiant as Jack Kang. Dae Kim is also known for voicing the main character in the Saints Row series of games, the most recent of which came out in 2015.
Jin wasn’t the only one with issues in the marriage, of course. Sun had her fair amount of hatchets that needed burying. She learned to speak English behind Jin’s back; at first, this is an issue on the island, though later it becomes quite useful. Sun isn’t just a translator for Jin, however. She becomes a very strong character in later seasons and has some incredible moments.
South Korean actress Yunjin Kim broke out in Hollywood with her role on Lost. She switches back and forth between Korean films and soap operas and American TV, and she currently stars as Dr. Karen Kim on the show Mistresses.
The only actor in the main cast to win an Emmy for his work, Terry O’Quinn should definitely be doing more. Playing John Locke, the man of faith, O’Quinn commanded the screen every time he graced it. His cold smile and steadfast stare made him one of the most compelling characters on the show. A man without the use of his legs was suddenly able to walk again (thanks magical island!), Locke was both a prophet and preacher, and a major reason for the show's resounding success.
Terry O’Quinn had a long career before Lost in both TV and film. Shortly after the show ended, he starred in the short-lived Park Avenue 666, playing the devil in the form of a man named Gavin Doran. Since then he has had small guest roles on numerous shows like Falling Skies, Phineas and Ferb, and Full Circle. We will see him next in the second season of Secrets and Lies airing later this year on ABC.
A TV show is only as good as its strongest antagonist, and Benjamin Linus ranks among the best TV villains to date. His nebbish appearance completely vanishes in moments of righteous anger. He is equal parts lonely, diabolical, and merciless. Michael Emerson portrayed Linus with such skill that it is nearly impossible to not hate (and at the same time, love) the character.
Emerson is a superb success story, currently starring in Person of Interest — another show from producer J.J. Abrams — which is in its 5th and final season. Emerson has received a ton of great reviews for his performance as Harold Finch, a billionaire who teams up with an FBI agent to fight crime. Still, it would be nice to see him play a bad guy again; he does it so very well.
Charlie was one of the most tragic – and likable – of the survivors. A waning rock star with a heroin addiction, his music was silly, but his situation deathly serious. He made fast friends with Hurley, and the two of them shared many great moments on screen. Charlie's death in the season 3 finale, as heartbreaking as it was, ranks amongst the finest episodes in the series.
Even before Lost, Dominic Monaghan was charming audiences. He played Merry in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, so he was probably able to give Evangeline Lilly some tips on surviving in Middle Earth before her move to New Zealand. After his run on Lost ended, he costarred with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the widely-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He also appeared in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna’s Love the Way You Lie, with Megan Fox as his girlfriend. You can see Monaghan right now by picking up a copy of Quantum Break — for which he did motion capture and voice-over work — and by checking out his UK series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.
The man in the hatch, Desmond is strongly tied to the mythology of Lost, the mysteries to which were major contributing factors for the show's binge-worthiness in the first few years. He becomes one of the most important characters on the show and a great actor was needed to fit the part. Luckily, Abrams found Henry Ian Cusick, a Peruvian-Scottish actor with a long resume, but little renown.
Cusick’s portrayal of Desmond kick-started his career. Since the show, he has played a main member of Olivia’s squad in the first season of Scandal and had guest roles on Hawaii Five-0 (we're sensing a pattern here), The Mentalist and Fringe. He can be seen right now on the criminally underrated CW show The 100 as Marcus Kane. But to fans of Lost, he will always be our constant.
What do you do when a love-triangle gets stale? Throw in another character to spice it up! On Lost, Juliet was that added spice, changing the dynamic between Jack, Sawyer, and Kate forever. Elizabeth Mitchell played the nurse with impressive ferocity, and was a standout in later seasons of the show.
Mitchell has had one of the greatest post-LOST careers of any members of the cast. Before the series, she appeared in films, most notably The Santa Clause alongside Tim Allen, but her recent career is mostly in television. She starred in the remake of the miniseries V, and when that was done, she appeared on the Abrams’ produced Revolution. Later, she had a recurring role as The Snow Queen on Once Upon a Time. She is making her return to film this year in the upcoming Purge: Election Year.
Sayid Jarrah was a fan favorite since the show’s inception, a total badass with a set of skills to rival Liam Neeson in Taken. Andrews was Abrams’ first and only choice to play the former Iraqi interrogator. Losties remember the character fondly, especially for his phenomenal performance in the season one episode, “The Greater Good.”
Post-Lost, Andrews starred on the short-lived series Sinbad. He later played the villain Jafar in the spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Sabal in the video game Far Cry 4. Most recently, Andrews was the second Lost alum to work with the Wachowskis (following Fox on Speed Racer), on their Netflix TV series, Sense8, which was renewed for a second season and is expected to be released late this year or in early 2017.
Emilie de Ravin played Claire Littleton on Lost, a young mother who finds herself in trouble both on and off the island. She had to endure of lot of creepiness, from Ethan, Rousseau, and that psychic in “Raised by Another.” Though she was very young, she had a toughness that made her a strong character among a great ensemble cast.
De Ravin has had steady work after Lost, appearing in the first season of Once Upon a Time as Belle. It was a small role – only three episodes – but the audience loved her performance as the Disney princess, so she came back for each subsequent season as a main character. You can catch her on the 6th season of the show this year.
Every show with a diverse cast needs a little bit of white privilege thrown in. Boone and Shannon Carlyle were rich, spoiled socialites before the crash. But separately, they learn to survive without material possessions; Boone by learning hunting from Locke, Shannon by spending time with Sayid. They could have been incredibly annoying and whiny characters, but strong writing and acting elevated them above the typical “from money” tropes.
Playing the brother and sister, Maggie Grace and Ian Somerhalder have both had great careers since the show. Somerhalder just finished his 7th season as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, of which he also directed two episodes. Maggie Grace played Liam Neeson’s daughter in the Taken trilogy and can be seen this year in a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice.
Ana Lucia was a short-lived character on the show, one of the first of the “tailies” the audience met in Season 2. For the uninitiated, “tailies” were the people from the tail end of Flight 815 who landed on another side of the island. The role was one of Michelle Rodriguez’s few television appearances; both before and after the show, she has appeared primarily in film.
Rodriguez is of course best known for her role in the billion dollar Fast and Furious franchise as Letty Ortiz. When she isn’t racing cars with the best of them, she starred in Machete and its sequel, and as a pilot in James Cameron’s Avatar. Her role on Lost was small, but her career afterwards has been stellar.
How badly do you miss the folks of Lost? Would you be on board with a reunion of sorts, or would that only serve to tarnish its reputation as one of the most influential series of all time? Let us know in the comments.