LOST Cast at PaleyFest 2014: Ian Somerhalder Reunites with Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim & More!

Ian Somerhalder and Maggie Grace reunite at the Lost 10th Anniversary Reunion at 2014 PaleyFest

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In cast you haven’t heard by now, the Lost cast members reunited at the Paley Center on Sunday evening (March 16th) in celebration of PaleyFest 2014 and the show’s 10th year anniversary from when the pilot premiered on ABC. Some fan favorites — including Daniel Dae Kim, Evangelline Lilly, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn — were missing due to scheduling and filming conflicts, but a handful of beloved, familiar faces were present to answer audience questions and reflect on the revolutionary series’s tremendous success. Among the attendees was none other than Ian Somerhalder, who portrayed Boone Carlyle Lost Season 1 before he was tragically killed off. (Damn your prophetic island dreams, John Locke!)

The smoldering Vampire Diaries star was spotted being his usual charming self on the red carpet as he chatted with press, blew kisses, and canoodled with his former cast-mate (and real-life ex) Maggie Grace, who played his ballet-studying step-sister and romantic interest (ick!) Shannon. Their mini-reunion was adorable to the max and it appears though both of them remain good friends to this day! Additionally, he was seen enjoying laughs and hugs aplenty with Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Malcolm David Kelley (Walt), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), as well as executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Check out pics of Ian hanging out with his Lost cast members at the exciting PaleyFest panel below.


2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via Instagram at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Henry Ian CusickWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Josh HollowayWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Yunjin KimWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Josh HollowayWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Malcolm David KelleyWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Maggie GraceWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via Instagram at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via Instagram at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Henry Ian CusickWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Maggie GraceWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Jorge GarciaWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Yunjin KimWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Josh HollowayWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Damon Lindelof,Carlton CuseWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Malcolm David KelleyWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Jorge GarciaWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Yunjin KimWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre.Featuring: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Photo Credit: Paley Center via twitter at @paleycenter

2014 PaleyFest - "Lost" 10th Anniversary Reunion At Dolby TheatreFeaturing: Maggie Grace,Ian SomerhalderWhere: Hollywood, California, United StatesWhen: 17 Mar 2014Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - ArrivalsFeaturing: Ian SomerhalderWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 16 Mar 2014Credit: Brian To/WENN.com



Below, you’ll find some highlights from the LOST panel at PaleyFest! (Spoiler alert! If you have not watched the show and plan on doing so, please proceed with caution.)

  1. The Castaways Were Not Dead the Entire Time: Carlton Cuse debunked this popular theory. “At the end of finale, you had a buffer of when the show ends, to the first commercial [immediately after]. You don’t want to just slam a Clorox ad,” he explained. But ”when people saw [the wreckage], it exacerbated the problem.”
  2. Stolen Goods: When asked what they stole from the set, the cast members coughed up hilarious responses. Damon Lindelof hinted that “maybe the cover of the hatch fell off a truck” and  became his current coffee table. Yunjin Kim played coy and said perhaps a few dresses went missing and Carlton Cuse teased that he took the countdown clock from the hatch. Jorge Garcia still has Hurley’s two paintings from the mental institution. “I kept my boots. I had them 12 years before the show started. I figured they owed me my own boots,” Josh commented. As for Mister Smolderhalder? He joked, “I took my dignity.” Malcolm also kept it simple and said he took away the memories of being part of such a great ensemble. Aww!
  3. Craziest Fan Encounters: According to Josh Holloway, “I had one fan I saw a few too many times.” Apparently this passionate “Sawyer” admirer offered him a “chicken dinner,” which quickly became a euphemism for sex.
  4. A Little Switcheroo: Before she took on the unforgettable role of Sun, Yunjin read for Kate. And before he became Hurley, Jorge read for Sawyer. They were so memorable and fantastic the producers (especially because there was no LOST script at the time) took the liberty of creating the roles just for them. Jin was also created when they decided that Sun needed to be married.
  5. On Ian’s Favorite Memory: “I made out with my sister once,” Ian joked. “I’m from Louisiana, we keep it in the family. One day on set, I went to kiss this beautiful woman, and she had a mouthful of minced garlic that had been marinated for five minutes…that was an amazing moment. The entire crew laughing.” “One of the proudest moments of my career,” laughed Maggie Grace, who was sitting beside him.
  6. The Mysterious Mister Locke: How did the writers decide that Locke was going to be wheelchair-bound…but not after the plane crash? According to Damon Lindelof, Terry O’Quinn would walk around the beach by himself and jam to his iPod during film breaks. The show’s co-creator, J.J. Abrams, pointed at him one day and said, “That guy’s got a secret!” and told the producers to figure it out.
  7. The Lost Easter Egg Hunt: Of course the series is riddled with mysteries to this day and Carlton Cuse admitted that “every question begets another question,” which leads to didactic and boring answers. “We wanted to tell an emotional story that showed what happened to the characters,” he said. “We cared much more about what happened to them.”
  8. On Killing Off Characters: The writers originally planned to kill off Jack (Matthew Fox) in the pilot, but ABC executives questioned this creative decision since it would destroy the audience’s sense of trust and not allow them to form bonds with the characters. Instead, the first major character they killed off was Boone (poor Ian!). And because he was a good sport about the decision, they decided to just keep killing off people unexpectedly to bring a fast-paced, shocking energy to the show. “The idea with Boone was, if we could kill a character that everyone loved, it would give the show an incredible energy. No one was safe,” Carlton Cuse said of the show’s first major character death.” Ian commented, “that you were always in the precipice of death.” He explained, “I’m so used to hearing the word Damon all day, it’s my character’s name on [The Vampire Diaries], but to hear this man’s name it’s like a beautiful thing. You gave me death but you also gave me life.” Apparently character deaths were so frequent that Daniel Dae Kim actually called the writers during the third season to say that he was thinking of buying a house in Hawaii, because he wanted to know if it would be a sound investment (you know, in case he was getting written off the show any time soon).
  9. The Real Alpha Male: An audience member asked who the “top dog” of the island really was and Damon, in return, asked, “Well, who ended up in charge of the island?” As everyone cheered, Jorge, shouted, “That’s me!” and revealed how moved he was when he realized Hurley was chosen as the Island Protector.
  10. The Point of Lost: “The show was about people who were lost in their lives,” Carlton Cuse commented. “The ending had to be a spiritual one that explained these characters’ journey and destiny.” Ultimately, the showrunners decided to “solve a mystery we never asked: What’s the meaning of life, and what happens when you die?”


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