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‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Dominic Monaghan dove into the details of his past relationship with ‘Lost’ co-star Evangeline Lilly on an episode of Anna Faris’ ‘Unqualified’ podcast.
Monaghan played Charlie Pace and Lilly played Kate Austen on the TV show “Lost”. The co-stars dated from 2004 to 2007.
“I’ve only really had my heart broken once in my life,” Monaghan shared with Faris. “I was dating a ‘Lost’ actress called Evangeline Lilly, who, you know, ended up having a name of her own.”
After ‘Lost’, Lilly starred as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp in several Marvel films with Paul Rudd, including ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. She also played Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”.
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“I don’t really know how she would explain the narrative, but from my perspective, it was probably the first time in my life that I was in it,” Monaghan said of their relationship.
The actor noted that while there was some cheating on Lilly’s part, it was ultimately her drinking and partying that was a driving factor in the split.
“Even if I was doing my job and at the time was a very committed actor on ‘Lost,’ I would only consider it a weekend if I was wildly drunk on a Friday and Saturday night. I thought it was normal,” Monaghan said.
“I think she was looking around to see what was another option,” he added. “Unfortunately, there was a bit of crossover that upset me, and it blew up in my face in an awful way.”
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Prior to Monaghan’s appearance on the podcast, neither party talked too much about the cheating scandal or their breakup. Monaghan responded to a tweet in 2013 pointing out the alleged cheating. The tweet read, “Evangeline looked unreal in ‘The Hobbit’, man oh man,” to which Monaghan replied, “No. I don’t date cheaters.”
Monaghan even went into a bit more detail with Faris about how he found out she was cheating on him. He was informed by another party, while they were still filming their TV show together.
“To say I was devastated is an understatement,” he said. “I had to be told by a third party like, ‘You realize she’s with this guy’ when we were together. And I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ And that person was like, ‘Yeah .'”
Although the gossip circulating on set and being in the situation all together was no easy task for Monaghan, he shared how the situation gave him the motivation he needed to get his life back on track.
“Two months after the breakup, I woke up on my kitchen floor, I didn’t know what time it was, and my house was dark,” he explained. “I was surrounded by pills, and I was messed up with medication. I sat down and looked at this mess in front of me and thought ‘this could have been it’. I could have accidentally taken the bad cocktail of stuff mixed with alcohol, mixed in my head and it could have been that. At that time, it was a big turning point.
Monaghan still views the relationship as a positive experience in her life.
“I think losing that potential was super sad, but it also got me to where I am as a person. So, I’m very happy that all of that happened.”