As the first episode of the last season of Lost approaches, the cast got together at the TV Critics Association to reminisce about the iconic series, and tell the world what their most treasured moments during the last six years have been.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire Littleton): Honestly, I think my favorite moments have been when the entire cast is working together and just sort of hanging out like the old days. It just has a special feel to it. It’s how we all learned so much about each other and got to know each other. It’s nice getting back to that now, which I feel we are in a way, but then it’s over – it’s kind of sad.
Daniel Dae Kim (Jin Kwon): I think, for me, that feeling was represented in the finale of the first season. The launching of the raft was really a special time for me because I thought that we’d all taken this incredible journey as characters and as people on the island, and the coming together to see you off that first season was pretty memorable.
Josh Holloway (James ‘Sawyer’ Ford): I have so many. But I agree with Emilie, I like group scenes. They take two, three days to film because you have to cover everyone. But if you position yourself just right, you get to cut up and have fun most of the time. And then, occasionally you have to do your little part, but I’ve become quite an artist at positioning myself where I’m mostly just having fun on set all day.
Daneil Dae Kim: He’s very dedicated to his craft!
Jorge Garcia (Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes): Like when Sawyer was shot and he was unconscious for half a season and you were carried everywhere.
Josh Holloway: I loved that. I could just insert my little bit in the middle of someone else’s close up, which was great.
Evangeline Lilly (Kate Austen): I think, for me, the most memorable moment on the show happened in the first season, and it was the episode where Claire gave birth and Boone died. I’ll never forget watching that episode, because to me it just culminated everything that the show represented in these two very simple, very natural and very heroic moments in the show. I don’t often cry watching my own show because I’ve read the script and we’ve filmed everything and we know the story inside and out. But I watched that episode and I cried, I remember thinking, ‘This is something that I’m proud to be a part of.’
Damon Lindelof (Creator/Executive Producer): There’s a bridge that basically connects where the writers work on the Disney lot to where the ABC executive offices are. We start writing the show in the summertime, so usually around June or July Carlton Cuse and I have to walk across the bridge and present to the executives what we’re going to be doing the following season on Lost. Last year, I remember turning to Carlton and saying, ‘Is there any other way to say ‘time travel’ without saying ‘time travel? Can we say ‘moving through time?’ But the reception that we got and the faith that we received from them, has been pretty incredible. So I think about that stuff.
Carlton Cuse (Executive Producer): To echo what Daniel said, the raft launch in the first season was such a great example of the kind of collaborative way in which this show is made and I think that’s the thing that really distinguishes it and makes it special. It wasn’t enough that we just wrote that raft launch, it was also what all the actors brought to bear. It was Jack Bender who actually came up with the idea of the dog swimming out and then turning back. This show is so much larger than any one individual, and collaboration on this show is really, truly the most special thing that will happen for all of us.
Terry O’Quinn (John Locke): For me, it’s just that collaboration. There’s no special moment because there were so many. What Emilie talked about, sitting under the banyan trees and listening to Naveen Andrews play the guitar and everybody singing songs. I won’t forget that. But more than anything, just coming to work with these people and collaborating on a scene and working as actors and developing the scene – it’s always different. You look at the Call Sheet in the morning and you see Jorge or Michael or Josh or Dan, anybody, and you get excited about that day. It’s been pretty sweet.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus): I have lots of fond memories of breathless confrontations in small rooms. (everyone laughs) Jacob’s cabin and the hatch and Widmore’s bedroom, those kinds of scenes always so dark and scary. I love those. But the working moment that captures the whole of it best for me is when Ben and Sawyer are standing on the cliff. We were working at the Makapuhoo and looking out over the sea and trading quotes from Steinbeck and I had a rabbit in a backpack. It was so absurd and beautiful, majestic scenery, and I thought we should just put down the cameras now and stand here and look at this.
Evangeline Lilly: And sometimes we do.
Jorge Garcia: For me, it’s running away from an exploding plane wing, that’s something that’s always going to be emblazed in my head. Random scenes pop into my head, like when the comet hits Mr Cluck and I’m laying there and they’re throwing raw chicken parts on me. I’m not going to forget that either!