There's a Dom interview that I think you'll love... *G*. You'll see why!
Here you go (got this through green_queen):
Dominic Monaghan - 60 seconds (incl. online extras)
Thanks to geshmally for pointing out a short interview of Dominic Monaghan. The online version had some extra Q & A to offer, so I thought I'd bring that along here:
by Andrew Williams, November 21st, 2005
Actor Dominic Monaghan's first high profile work in the BBC detective series Hetty Wainthropp investigates but his role as Hobbit Merry in the Lord of the Rings films propelled him to international stardom. He can currently be seen as drug addict rocker Charlie Pace in hit show Lost. Dominic narrates a new DVD documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans, out today.
How difficult was it to find work after being a Hobbit?
I'm in touch with people from the three films and all of us suffered from the Lord of the Rings hangover. It was such a huge cultural phenomenon it just took over our lives and who we were for a while - I was that Hobbit and Vigo was Aragorn. It took us a couple of years to sidestep that. It wasn't that we resented the films in any way, it was just a result of being involved in something that powerful - you have to give it the time it deserves to play out. I went through some trials and wished I was working a little bit more but that was ultimately my journey in getting to know Hollywood. It was a great learning curve.
You've put that behind you with Lost, though.
To be honest the reason I got involved with this TV show was to continue my movie career. I wanted to get involved in something big, something epic, I wasn't too interested in doing the medium of television again but this was unique television - it was ambitious, it was new, it was like a mini film every week. It's been really fantastic to have the success. It's arguably the most successful TV show in the world right now.
So you're not planning to stick with the show for long?
I'll do it for the foreseeable future as long as the character I play continues to change and has an interesting journey. That's a key point in my life - as soon as things stop changing and I stop learning then I move on. When I stop learning through Charlie I'll go somewhere else.
You've said people wanted to cuddle you as a Hobbit. Has Lost made you a sex symbol?
I don't know. I don't talk to people about their perception of me. I just think people are more aware of me as an actor. Rather than saying 'oh look at that Hobbit' they think 'oh there's Dominic Monaghan, I've seen him do this and that.' It's always important to show different sides. My heroes are Gary Oldman. Tim Roth and Daniel Day Lewis - people that have avoided being pigeonholed and always play someone new. To go from a Hobbit, a cute, cuddly 12-year-old boy, to play someone complex who has issues with drugs, women and faith was a good choice.
Will the viewers ever find out what Lost is all about?
They'll find out - that's the point of the show but they obviously can't tell you right away, there'd be no story left. I think people got a little bit too frustrated at the end of season one that a lot of the answers were open ended - but it's only the first season. This show has a master plan that could take it through five or six seasons. They need to create some of the mythology first.
What's the most extreme thing a fan has done to meet you?
People have camped outside my house in LA a few times.
Did you call the police?
No, I just try to empathise and explain that it isn't a cool thing to do. I've had some outrageous gifts from people. A lot of the time people won't talk to me, they'll just get in my space. If I'm at a concert, they'll stand as close as they can and look at me, which is a little weird. It's just one of the things that happens when you become a relatively successful actor. People are usually nice though. If you were to ask me what my perfect day would be I wouldn't include being stared at, but it doesn't break my heart when it happens.
Has attending fan conventions changed your view of people who dress up like wizards?
I narrated the Ringers movie because I've got a good respect for fans of the movies. I was and still am a complete Star Wars geek and very big on the A-Team, Battlestar Galactica, Danger Mouse, comic books and Manchester United. I suffer from that fandom so it wasn't something that far removed from who I have been at some points. The Lord Of The Rings is a great series; really powerful, beautifully made and beautifully acted and it's not surprising that people are into it.
60 SECONDS EXTRA!: You were part of a carbon neutral campaign - isn't flying to Hawaii for Lost all the time creating a one man carbon deficit?
It kind of is. I will be planting more trees, I'm still involved in that. If people want to buy me presents I tell them to get me a plant. I see things on the Internet about people donating trees in my name which is a really cool thing and I'd implore people to do stuff like that. I probably burn a lot more carbon than the average person but I plant more trees than the average person as well.
60 SECONDS EXTRA!: Do you miss anything about Britain?
I moved to LA in 2002 just after shooting finished on Lord of the Rings. I miss my family and friends, that's a given. I'm from Manchester so it's key for me that I miss Man United, waking up on a Saturday morning and going to the pub to see whoever they're battering that week. I miss the sense of humour and wit - you don't see an awful lot of that in LA. English people are naturally funny and dry. There are lots of things I don't miss, like the weather. There are some fantastic opportunities in America that I didn't think would be possible for me in Britain.