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Dominic Monaghan Talks The End Of 'Lost' And The Physics Of 'FlashForward'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Apr 29th 2010 3:00PM
Dominic MonaghanDominic Monaghan has played his share of "troubled" roles.

On 'Lost,' he broke viewers' hearts as heroin-addicted musician Charlie Pace, sacrificing himself in the show's third season finale. Now, he's on yet another ABC sci-fi series 'FlashForward' as misunderstood physicist Simon Campos, who may be partially responsible for a global disaster.

Monaghan talked to TV Squad yesterday about 'Lost's' series finale, the physics of 'FlashForward' and his other artistic pursuits. The actor also recently starred in a short film that was written, produced and crewed entirely by teenagers for the "Fresh Films" project, which you can watch and vote for on their web site until May 3.

Though it sounds like he's staying pretty busy, the 33-year-old Brit goes into surgery today for a broken foot, which will lay him up for at least a couple of weeks. But don't worry; he's got big plans for his down time: lots and lots of football.

Simon CamposWere you worried at all about going into 'FlashForward' after 'Lost,' two very similarly mysterious, plot-heavy shows?

No, I tend to choose projects based on roles, so the role was just really exciting for me. [Simon] was so drastically different from anything that I've really done before on television and everything else is not really my concern. My main concern is to try and do the best thing I can do in my job -- which is, you know, act. And I thought that I was going to get a great opportunity to act in a way that's not been seen before so that's why I took the job ... It's probably easier to play the same character over and over again, but that's not what I want to do. That's kind of why I try to switch stuff up. I enjoy both characters. Simon's probably a bit harder to play because he is so dark but I've still got a soft spot for him.

Do you research your lines? Do you try and understand what Simon is saying?

You know, some stuff. I bought some books you know, 'Idiot's Guide to Quantum Physics' and quantum theory and string theory and all that kind of stuff. Attempted to read 'A Brief History of Time,' which is not super-easy. I read Bill Bryson's book, which is called 'A Short Introduction To Almost Everything,' which was kind of fun, and then I read a lot of Richard Dawkins. You know, Richard Dawkins is one of the foremost atheistic writers right now -- writes from a science point of view. His work has been very influential in sort of keeping things very simple and science-oriented.

With 'Lost' ending, can 'FlashForward' step into that sci-fi niche on TV?

Oh, hopefully. I think it's a good time for any show that has an interesting message to be on the TV. It's really well-written, it's really well-acted and, you know, I just think that it's a show that deserves to stick around for a little bit.
Janis Hawk and Simon Campos
I love the relationship between Simon and FBI Agent Janis Hawk (Christine Woods). Do you think she's really a double agent or do you think she's playing Simon?

Yeah! Me too. I think it's a bit of both you know, Christine's my favorite person to work with on the show, without question, and she's my buddy -- I like everybody on the show, but she's like my tightest buddy on the show. Yeah, I think she's playing him and he's playing her. She's obviously super-smart and she's a double agent and Simon's pretty smart too and he's essentially a double agent as well, so they have a mutual respect for each other. I don't think Simon's aware that Janis is gay so he's trying to get in her pants and he's not getting any action and he's like, "What's going on here? Usually girls just drop dead when I start spitting quantum physics at them." Janis is not interested.

I thought he'd end up being her "baby daddy."

Yeah, I kind of like that idea too, but I think they went a different route. [But] I think they'll continue to explore Simon and Janis's relationship as the show goes on.

How is it working with Sonya Walger again? You were both on 'Lost' and now you're on 'FlashForward' together.

Yeah, I had one scene with Sonya, which was really good and I enjoyed, and we both went off to film 'Lost' together and I said to her, I'm just so excited to have her on set with me and I have so much fun with her on ['Lost's'] set in Hawaii. She's a really sweet person. I've just loved getting to know her more and more.

Charlie PaceDid you have any theories on how 'Lost' was going to end and were you right? Was there anything you wanted to know that wasn't answered?

Yeah, 'cause we filmed the finale. Yeah, I think I was pretty close to what it eventually ended up being. Well, I don't know, because I've not seen the show all wrapped up yet, so it might explain some things that have not been answered yet. I think they're doing as best a job as they can do.

As the 'Lost' finale nears, do you have more people grilling you for spoilers?

Oh yeah, I get a lot of people on the street asking me over and over again about questions and I'm like, "Look, that's the equivalent of asking Huckleberry Finn what's happening in the new Mark Twain book." It's a character. I have no idea what's going on. It's just part of what I do, it's part of the job that I do. I'm always having to keep secrets from people, unfortunately.

Do you already see that happening with 'FlashForward'? For example, people asking you questions about physics like you're really Simon?

Yeah, I do have people kind of asking me questions that I'm like, "Oh woah, I have really no idea." I'm not a quantum physicist. But life imitates art, you know?

Charlie and ClaireWill we see Charlie again before the finale or in the finale? Will we get to see him wrap things up with Claire?

Yeah, you'll see Charlie again, I think. It's a well-written character, he's a tragic character and he died in a heroic way and people wanted to see that story get finished. I like how they dealt with Charlie in the show. I like that they really kind of kept him quite precious, and really a special Easter egg type character. I just think they dealt with him really well. There's some stuff with Claire, yeah, coming towards the finale. Obviously, Charlie had a relationship with Claire that's addressed a little bit as we get closer and closer to the finale.

I have to ask: Is the "@DominicMonaghan" Twitter account really you?

No, no, no, no. I heard that someone did that and my publicist got on and sort of said, "Stop messing around" and they've not done it so I would strongly advise people to stay away from that person and tell that person that they're a bad person! [Laughs] No, I don't Tweet, I'm really not interested in that. You know, I'm on Facebook and I keep in touch with people on Skype and stuff like that. I don't Twitter. People know enough about my life for me to be updating them with five minutes of "Oh, Dominic's now walking down the stairs," "Oh, Dominic's now reached the bottom of the stairs," "Oh, Dominic's now reaching the front door." Like, that's not interesting.

This past March, you starred in a short film for the "Fresh Films" project, which brings teenagers to Los Angeles to work on real movie sets with professional actors. How did you get involved with the Reese's Puffs Extraordinary Cinema Program?

They had approached my publicist with the pitch. My publicist and I are pretty good friends, and I think he knew that it was something that I would be interested in because I really like young people, you know. He gave me the pitch and it didn't take too much more than that for me to want to get involved. It was great ... It was really inspiring. It's fantastic to be around people that are so excited to be trying out the business and I just had a really good time with them. I think we made a really fun movie.

You play a failed musician in it. Why do you keep getting cast as musicians?

Don't know what that's about. I mean, I hang out with a lot of musicians so that might be it. I understand them pretty well but yeah, I'm not really sure what that's about. Maybe I look really good in eyeliner and that's why they did it [laughs].

Elijah Wood and Dom MonaghanDo you still keep in touch with the 'Lord of the Rings' cast?

Of course, yeah! I'm effectively kind of uncle to Billy [Boyd]'s kid and Elijah [Wood]'s coming over on Saturday. We're going to have a big barbecue and a pool party for the Mayweather-Mosby fight and I see Viggo [Mortensen] a lot in town. He and I kind of share a lot of ideas. I see Orlando [Bloom], and Ian McKellen and I are always talking online, so we're all still very tight.

Are you also still working on publishing a book of poetry?

I've always written, I've always painted and drawn and stuff like that, and I showed it to Viggo Mortensen and he's obviously had a whole bunch of books published and he said, "You know, you should bring that out in a book, you should have a show." And I ended up having a show a couple years ago, which was really fun and I had a great time. Right now, I'm trying to turn the show into a book with some extra kind of features, poems, paintings, stuff like that in there. That's just something I like doing for me and I'm very fortunate because I'm in a position where people seem to be interested in it.

What are your plans for the summer? Any film projects coming up?

I'm doing this thing called 'Soldiers of Fortune' in the Ukraine in a few weeks ... I broke my foot surfing so I have to have surgery [today] to fix my foot, which means I'm going to be laid up for a couple weeks or so and I'm going to be watching a lot of football. Then in the summer, I'm going to watch the World Cup and cheer on England and cheer on Spain because they're my second favorite team -- that's where my mom and dad live. Then, I'll come back to L.A. -- I'll be in L.A. throughout the summer here and there at different times. We'll see what's going to happen with 'FlashForward' and you know, just do my thing. Taking care of my animals and just living my life.

Dominic Monaghan stars in the Reese's Puffs Extraordinary teen-directed film "Gloria," which is going head-to-head with "K-RUN Radio," another teen-created film starring Bobbie J. Thompson. The teenage filmmakers of the winning film will receive $9,000 in scholarships. Voting ends May 3rd on Fresh-Films.com.

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I love Dom, he is a fantastic actor, and seems to be an even better person!

April 30 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

Gosh, he's grown up so much since he played Hetty Wainthropp's teenage sidekick, Geoffrey, years ago.

April 29 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Charlie was unquestionably the heart and soul of "Lost."
The show never recovered from his departure which is ironic because his departure was so compelling and so difficult to accept. Who can ever forget the sweet pain and sorrow of "Not Penny's Boat"? Not to mention his acting. Super and so funny!

April 29 2010 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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