Hope you're sitting down for this, Lost fans, 'cause it's just another reason to mourn the end of one of the best TV series of all time:
Crazy, right? I just got back from visiting the cast in Hawaii, where Matthew and Evangeline dropped these bombs, and I also got the scoop on what's next for Josh Holloway...
"I think this will be the last time you see me on TV," Matthew told me at Lost's season premiere party in Honolulu on Saturday. "I'm either going to do the kind of things I want to do in the film world, or maybe I'll just do something else entirely."
After production wraps for good in April, Matthew says he'll be moving to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to his brothers and their families. "I've done almost 300 hours of [TV]," Foxy tells me. "It's been two really great experiences between Party of Five and Lost. I'm ready to take it to the next step and see what I can do in that [film] world."
I attended Lost's world premiere beach bash (along with an estimated 15,000 of you fans from around the world—holler!) and also spent a nice chunk of time on the Lost set interviewing the cast. (I'll be bringing you lots more scoop from all of that and how mind-blowingly good the premiere is, which finally airs tomorrow night, so stand by...)
It was on Lost's awesome banyan tree set on the North Shore that Evangeline told me she is not planning to continue acting after Lost ends.
"Acting is something I appreciate, and I think it's been an amazing experience," Evi tells me. "But I'm not passionate about acting the way you probably should be to call yourself an actor." She adds that she'll probably continue on in the film world in some kind of capacity (off-screen) at some point, but "I just haven't found where that is yet. I don't know if anything has gelled yet. I don't know if it fits."
"I want to have some quiet space," Evangeline says of her post-Lost plans, which will include philanthropic work in Rwanda. "[I want to] drop off the radar a little bit and enjoy a little bit of normalcy again."
So are any of the Lost stars going to stick with their TV presence after Lost comes to a close this May?
A certain man you know as Jim LaFleur, aka Sawyer, aka Josh Holloway, will. Though he admitted in season one that he considered quitting amidst all the life-changing pressure a hit show like Lost can bring, Josh now tells me he'll be moving to Los Angeles and looking for his next acting job:
"I'm enjoying being an actor now...I love the craft, and I have gotten somewhat seasoned on this show, working consistently every day. I've gotten to really love what I do."
Thank God. I was starting to think that the Island's latest mythical power was to make all of our favorite actors disappear.
So what do you all think of Evangeline and Matthew quitting our TV screens? Sure, they can quit us, but can we quit them?