'Lost' star Josh Holloway on Juliet, Jack, and Jughead: An EW Must Issue Video

The master list of possible Emmy nominees was recently announced, and we at EW were thrilled to see that Josh Holloway, who has played Sawyer on Lost since its first season back in 2004, is among the mix of potential candidates for Best Supporting Actor. Season 5 was a great year for the 39-year-old star, whose wise-cracking, morally ambiguous con man character completed a series-long shift to full-fledged romantic hero as he led the castaways through time travel peril and fell in love with Jughead-banging Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). His grief as he watched his Dharma lady slip out of his hands and fall to her doom was one of the TV season's most heartbreaking moments. While we hope Emmy remembers Holloway when it winnows its list of Best Supporting Actor players down to a final five, we decided to move ahead and give him an honor of our own by putting Holloway's in this year's Must Issue, EW's annual summertime compendium of essential artists, performers, and assorted coolness. 

In my previous trips to the Lost set in Hawaii, I have always found Holloway to be extremely cordial, charming, and curious about the mysteries of his show. He's always demonstrated a deep concern that Sawyer remain emotionally credible and compelling without being melodramatic or over the top. And he takes Sawyer's quips very seriously: When I visited at the end of Season 2, I remember watching him pace through the jungle, rehearsing his lines over and over again to himself, wanting to make sure Sawyer's new Prince-esque nickname for Ben Linus ("The artist formerly known as Henry Gale") tripped easily off his tongue. I encountered a slightly different Holloway at our Must Issue photo shoot in the Hollywood Hills late last month. He was as cool and engaging as always, but greatly enhanced by the glee and marvel (and exhaustion) of new fatherhood.  (His daughter, Java, was born last April.) The guy certainly has a certain impact on ladies: At one point during the photo shoot, I spotted a member of our crew discreetly pick up one of Holloway's shirts and give it a good long sniff. Seriously.

I got a chance to chat with Holloway after the pics were snapped, which we present to you in the three parts. In Part 1, embedded below, the actor talks about Sawyer's romance with Juliet and their tragic parting. In Parts 2 and 3, Holloway talks about his bloody confrontation with Matthew Fox's Jack Shephard in the season finale and also discusses some theories with yours truly about where the castaways will finds themselves at the start of Lost's sixth and final season. 

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  • B

    Awesome! Thanks for this interview (and the other two parts, too). I seriously hope Josh makes it through the Emmy nomination process. He has done such great work throughout the show, and he really deserves to be recognized. And congrats to him and his wife on the new baby girl!

  • Allison

    Love Josh! And I respect the cast for not just showing up for work but giving their characters, the story, etc. careful thought and time.

  • Kaiulani

    What a sweetie! Thanks Doc for the interview/videos.

  • first timer

    Hi, would anyone please explain what the Death Star theory is? Great aticle and interview though.

  • Lisa

    I love me some Sawyer and Josh!!!

  • mel

    He’s finally getting a bit of recognition and well deserved!

  • pd

    Josh Sawyer became a great actor last year in the scene where he see’s Kate again and didn’t think he would, his face is amazing it drops 10 lbs instantly. He has improved ever since and has made Sawyer a full compelling character instead of a one note meany. He deserves the emmy.

  • Amy Leigh

    Love Josh and think he is fantastic as Sawyer. I thought he did a great job with the storylines he was given last season but I hated Jim LaFleur and Suliet. Hopefully season 6 is completely kickass for Sawyer.

  • E

    I was glad to see Josh Holloway get more airtime and a great story this year. Plus he is drop-dead gorgeous, so that helps all ways around! Hope he gets a nom and wins!

  • Meredith44

    I love it when actors seem to be great people in addition to being enjoyable to watch on their respective shows. Josh seems like a really nice guy, and he is totally deserving of an Emmy nomination for his work last year. I hope he makes it through the final cut.
    Thanks for the interview, and I’m looking forward to the next two parts.

  • cryingirl

    Great interview! He’s gorgeus, charming, sexy, funny and even a great actor. No mistery he impresses women.

  • Erika

    Sawyer’s been my favorite character since the beginning of Lost and I am so glad for Josh, who has done wonders with the character. Based on some of his early stories he had a bit of a struggle coming up in the acting world, so I’m glad everything seems to be coming together for him now–and I hope he gets recognized for his Sawyer portrayal by NATAS this year. Thanks for the interview, Doc!!

  • jk

    In the second paragraph, it’s discreetly not discretely.

  • Tamara

    Great stuff, Jeff. One nitpick: I think you meant the crew member smelled Josh’s shirt discreetly, not discretely. Sorry, hard to take off my copy editor hat!

  • Tamara

    Oops, I didn’t refresh and missed jk’s post. Sorry for repeating their correction!

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