Well, this just feels like Christmas morning—especially if you've had “Naveen Andrews Interview” on your list for Santa for years now (like us).
As you may know, Naveen has been fairly elusive with the press in recent years; however, the man we know and love (and drool over) as Lost's Sayid Jarrah graciously took some time at the Monte Carlo TV Fest to chat about that itty-bitty island on which he’s been kicking ass for four seasons strong.
Keep reading to get the goods!
What do you think of the fact that the show has an end date?
Relief, really. I think it was the only way to keep the quality up—the quality we had from the first season—and hopefully that's been borne out by the fourth season.
What theory do you have about how the show will end?
I just hope that whatever it is, all these things that they've thrown out—all these nuggets from the polar bear to infinity—that they put it together into some cohesive whole that makes sense and is satisfying for the audience.
Where do you go in two years when the series ends?
Wherever the good work is, whether it's film or TV. Wherever the good writing is.
Sayid showed off some pretty insane fight moves in the season finale, while battling Keamy. Has he always had those skills or has he been practicing?
I presume he was always able to, coming from the military and being in the Republican Guard, which I believe was an elite force.
How have you prepared for a character who seems quiet and peaceful on the surface but has a deep, dark side as a former torturer?
There's obviously a certain amount of academic research you can do with history—somebody from the military and their faith, the country they're from. But with TV, especially with a show of this nature, you have to be open and prepared for anything they might throw at you. It could mean a complete 180 in terms of what drives your character, and if you've prepared to the extent where it becomes rigid, it's not going to be useful, is it?
Which character would you like to have been if you weren't Sayid?
I always thought it would be Locke. I always liked that character, but I'm too...maybe I need to shave my head and just age a bit more.
Steve Jones, the former Sex Pistol, guided you to your first AA meeting. How did you get to know him?
I met him at a dinner party in L.A., and I was shocked to meet somebody who had been in that band who was not completely drugged out. I found that really intriguing, and it made me think, "If he's done it, then maybe I've got a chance."
—Reporting by Bryan Reesman