As his hit series comes to an end, Matthew Fox looks to the future.
Somewhere, in a parallel universe, Matthew Fox is working on Wall Street. That was his original plan when he attended Columbia University, where he earned a degree economics. But through a combination of chance, perseverance, and fate, he ended up the star of the ABC phenomenon “ Lost.” Over six seasons, his beleaguered Dr. Jack Shephard has roamed past, future, sideways worlds to take on a smoke monster, uncontrollable time travel, and the literal and figurative ghosts of his father. Audiences have watched as Jack has gone from a man science and reluctant leader to a man of faith ready to embrace his destiny. Just what that destiny is will finally be revealed May 23 in the show’s hotly anticipated two-and-a-half-hour series finale.
As Jack’s story has unfolded, Fox has transformed. Previously best known as the eldest sibling on the soapy drama “ Party of Five,” the actor made a conscious decision to pursue different types of roles when that show ended in 2000. His complex, assured work on Lost” led to in films like “ Speed Racer” and “ We Are Marshall,” and he plans continue choosing roles that pair him with filmmakers he respects admires.
But where does one go after six years on a genre-defying, groundbreaking series? In Fox’s case, the answer is Oregon. After living on the Hawaiian island of Oahu “ Lost” is filmed, Fox is moving his family to Pacific Northwest where he can be closer to family and friends and kind of country that I love: mountains and big, big horizons.” He doesn’t worry about missing out being so far from Hollywood; he plans to commute regularly to L. A. to pursue the projects he’s passionate about.