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September 11, 2005
The island life seems to suit her just fine
Maggie Grace of the television series Lost appears in The Fog.
By Susan King, Times Staff Writer
MAGGIE GRACE sees a pattern emerging in her young career.
For most of the year, her home base is Honolulu, the location for ABC's popular, Emmy-nominated series "Lost," in which she plays the rich, snobby plane crash survivor Shannon.
But even before Grace completed the series' first season, she was commuting to yet another island — this one off the coast of Vancouver, Canada — for her role in the remake of the 1980 John Carpenter horror classic "The Fog."
"Originally, when I signed on to the movie, 'Lost' was supposed to wrap way before it ever started," says Grace, 21, on a rare morning off from the series. "Then ABC decided on the big, huge finale, so we went over [schedule] and I ended up doing both at the same time. I was flying from one island to the other!"
Grace says the remake, which opens Oct. 14, shares the same basic premise as the original: A small island community is engulfed in fog 100 years after a boat sank under mysterious circumstances.
"We don't fix what isn't broke," Grace says, "but I think the original leaves a lot of questions, which I think they do try to address in the new script."
Grace plays Elizabeth, the role Jamie Lee Curtis essayed in the 1980 version. But instead of being a hitchhiker who arrives in town on that fateful night, Grace's Elizabeth is an island native who has had a long relationship with the hero (Tom Welling).
"There's a very nice strength with her," Grace says. "I haven't done a lot of work in this particular genre, and hadn't really seen many horror films. So the first thing I set about doing was watching as many as I could. I scare very easily."
Grace has come a long way since leaving her home in Columbus, Ohio, five years ago. "I kind of had an idyllic Ohio childhood, and I was ready to move here," says Grace, who began acting in school plays and community theater as a child.
"I started studying acting and was lucky enough to support myself," she says. "I was certainly broke a lot, but I have had some extremely lucky breaks."