There is a new interview with Elizabeth in honor of Lost’s 15th anniversary:
‘Lost’ Stars Tell Us About 15 Years of Awkward Fan Encounters on Planes
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke): I’ll walk down the street and hear, “Oh, Juliet!” I honestly have had the best experiences with it. There’s something about that show that has made people so completely lovely to me. There’s no grasping, there’s no weirdness. Just genuine appreciation. When I’m out and about in the world, and it probably happens about once or twice a day, it’s very, very sweet. It’s really kind of fun how people are a little taken aback and not sure what to say.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke): I have a great one, actually. [Josh Holloway] was standing with his wife, who he’s nuts about, and we were at a party of some kind, some sort of a press thing. They’re all dressed up and adorable, and she’s standing next to him in her high heels and looking just hot and gorgeous. And this woman actually knocks her over — to the point where I almost had to catch her — to get to Josh. I turned to her, and I’m like, “Does this happen a lot?” And she’s like, “All the time.” I go, “Do you want me to say something?” She’s, “No, I got this.” And I’m, “OK!” [Laughs]. Women genuinely thought that [Josh] was theirs, and he handled it with a lot of grace. I’ve really never seen anything like it and probably never will again. Women absolutely hurled themselves at him, like to the point of being actually on his body. They would try to kiss him, and they would try to be near him, and he artfully evaded. He was very sweet. Matthew [Fox], just as many people were interested in talking to, but he has a little bit of something where people are like, “Well, I’m not not gonna throw myself at him.” [Laughs]. It’s cute.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke): I’ve walked through an airport with Michael [Emerson] and with Jorge [Garcia] and one TSA person was like, “You naughty boy!” to Michael. And he goes, “Oh, man.” [Laughs]. Jorge, he can’t hide. I can kinda do my own thing and be a bit of a chameleon, but he’s just — people love him, and they feel like they know him. I’ll meet one or two people a day, but he has to meet something like 10 an hour. It’s overwhelming to me how loved he is. I was with [Evangeline Lily] about a month ago, and what I saw was, it’s just this complete disbelief that she’s standing right there. Their hands are shaking as they’re trying to get a photo. I’ve noticed a lot of speechlessness. People’s extreme nervousness around her is very touching — complete disbelief that she’s right there.
Interviews have been edited and condensed.
When ABC’s “Lost” premiered on Sept. 22, 2004, it was a risky investment and the most expensive television pilot ever made. For one, it shot on location in Hawaii complete with extremely realistic plane wreckage and explosions. But it soon turned into a cultural milestone that would forever change the face of television.
“Lost” was a “water cooler” show the likes of which we may never see again, from a time when audiences still gathered with friends and family on their sofas once a week in front of television sets to watch. Afterwards, they rushed to their desktop computers to post fan theories on the internet’s first chat rooms. It was a time before binge-watching, when “Previously on Lost” provided an essential recap of the most recent flashbacks, flashforwards and flash-sideways; mad-dashes through the jungle; encounters with the smoke monster; Dharma Initiative experiments; polar bears; questions like “What lies in the shadow of the statue?”; and travels through time.
All these years later, “Lost” and all of its mysteries inspire such intense nostalgia that its stars still have frequent encounters with die-hard fans. In honor of the show’s 15th anniversary this Sunday, nine of its cast members share their most amusing, startling and touching fan encounters.
Interviews with more cast members: thewrap.com