Lost in Paradise
updated 02/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
Fortunately, a food fight doesn't break out tonight. Instead, for all the raucous teasing and horseplay-and unlike the often-bickering castaways they play-Lost's 14 principal castmates relish their camaraderie. Since assembling for the show's pilot last March, "we've all bonded-all of us," says Jorge Garcia (amiable big guy Hurley). "We have great chemistry."
And, they admit, not a whole lot of other friends on the island. "We're a long way from home," admits London-based Dominic Monaghan, cast as rock musician Charlie, "so this does become your extended family." Like family, they even have nicknames for one another. Evangeline Lilly (escaped bank robber Kate) is called Monkey because she climbs trees with ease. Naveen Andrews (Iraqi Sayid) has been dubbed J.B.—for jukebox. "He can play any song on his guitar," explains Holloway.
Their affectionate byplay continues after-hours. Harold Perrineau (Michael) often has Kelley, his TV son, over to play with his 10-year-old daughter Aurora. Yunjin Kim is learning to play golf with the wife of her TV spouse, Daniel Dae Kim (no relation). Matthew Fox (good doctor Jack) whisked Garcia away on an impromptu weekend jaunt to Tokyo. The only "outsider" in the group is Emilie de Ravin (expectant mom Claire), who commutes from L.A for her scenes. "My fiancé and I have a house together in L.A.," she explains. "The cast is understanding." If not a bit homesick themselves. After wrapping their season in March, most plan to head back to the mainland during Lost's summer hiatus. For now, though, they're content to commingle at Buzz's. And while the show's 14-hour days have put an end to the late—night partying they did when Lost first began shooting-"That was during the honeymoon," says Terry O'Quinn (mysterious Mr. Locke)—they remain as close as ever. "The marriage," says O'Quinn, "is still going strong."
Mike Lipton. Monica Rizzo in Oahu