As we continue to speak with Josh Holloway, aka Sawyer, about the final season of Lost he talks about Sawyer’s love affairs with both Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), his power struggles with Jack (Matthew Fox), returning cast members and the end of a classic TV series.
They keep talking about how this is the final season and an emotional one. How many times are the fans going to cry? Is it episode after episode?
You’re going to cry right away. I think that you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, everything. Pretty much every episode this season is a stinger. They’re pulling out all the stops, both emotionally and physically. There’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of stuff going on.
Ultimately, is Sawyer with Kate or with Juliet in his heart?
I think both actually. They’re different. One being an undeniable love that just exists like it does in life and one that began as a friendship; or as enemies and then a friendship and then developed into something that’s a softer and more mature relationship, I guess, one of choice and one that’s not by choice. So they’re both valid is what I’m trying to say in their own way.
What about having some of the original Lost cast members back like Ian Sommerhalder?
It’s a blast just to see each other because we’re all such close friends now and it’s a big family. And it’s been emotionally charged when people have gotten killed off or leave the show. So each person coming back has been a blast, just seeing them and hanging out and getting that reunion and laughing about things and having a Mai Thai and hanging out on the beach. It’s good.
Was there ever a cast pool about who’d be killed off on any give season?
We talked about it but then I think actually we were all a little nervous that we’d be on that list, so we just didn’t do it but we did discuss that. ‘We should do a dead pool,’ and we were like, ‘No, let’s not.’
Are there going to be more power struggles between Jack and Sawyer this season?
I think that you’ll see a lot of power struggles and shifts in characters in general. I don’t think that it’s going to be limited to a Jack and Sawyer. This year is the final season and so the story has really come into play where it’s like almost another character. The story is driving those relationships right now.
How did you feel when you watched the finale for last season (when it seemed like Juliet had died in the mine)?
Oh, are you kidding, it ripped my heart out.
You probably never imagined that he’d be thinking about Juliet at any point, right?
Yeah, we were like, ‘What?’ That was a kind of scary relationship to bring to life and then hope that the audience went along with it, and so when it worked out so well and had such a powerful kind of ending we were both pleasantly surprised but it was heart wrenching to film.
You’ve talked about how this has given you credibility as an actor. At what point in this process did you feel like, ‘I am a good actor?’
Probably last year; it’s taken five years to accept that, ‘Wait a minute, I’m an actor and I don’t have to be embarrassed when I say that to people.’ About last year I started feeling confident.
What’s been your favorite nickname for Sawyer since he has one for everyone else? Do you have one?
I don’t. That’s a good question though.
When the series if over, will you stay in Hawaii or will you come back to Los Angeles?
I’ll do both. I’ve definitely fallen in love with Hawaii and have a home there and so forth, but L.A. is where the work is and so I’ll be here.
Is there a buzz cut in your future after this season?
Possibly. I will say that as much as I love Robert Redford I’m probably not going to have the same haircut for most of my career. I’ll shave it off.
What are you going to do after the series?
I’m retiring. I’m only doing conventions!
How are you feeling as this series comes to an end?
There’s a lot of camaraderie on the set now. It feels a lot like the magic [that happened on] the first season. It was an incredibly magical year, and the whole experience has been incredible, but this last year everyone’s really getting that sense of camaraderie and nostalgia and it’s just been fabulous.