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Rodrigo Santoro is Paulo
300 asked Rodrigo Santoro to imagine his entire world while working on a blue screen stage. Lost is a similar leap of faith, as cast members know as little as the audience when they read their weekly scripts. With Santoro showing up as Paulo this year and just sort of hanging out, he didn't have much to go on.
Rodrigo Santoro on Lost
"Lost is another unique experience, just like this one," Santoro said. "You literally don't know what's going on, so there's no control. Actually it's hard to build a character like that. So it basically puts an actor in a position where you just have to live the moment once you get the script, which is not long before you start shooting, and you've just got to go from there and be in the moment. It's this kind of lost feeling actually. You feel like you're a little like, 'What's going on?' You don't know. And I think that's the beauty of this experience."
It didn't take long for Santoro to catch onto the whole Lost M.O. "I can't say a word, man. If I say it, we'll all have to kill you. I can't say anything. I can tell his name, Paulo. I don't know a lot about my character at all."
He doesn't even know how long he has the job for. "Who knows? I'm not saying anything. If we knew more, we cannot say, because that's part of the whole mystery of this show, but we do not know a lot of information at all. We have very little. Any actor, any character in the show will tell you the same. We have very little information. That's part of the experience."
Santoro was already on the Bad Robot radar from their previous show. "I met one of the producers on the show for Alias two years ago. I was shooting something in Brazil and I could not do this, he offered me a guest star or something on Alias, and they brought up my name when he joined the Lost show. And then I had two meetings with every body, J.J., all of them, and it was from there."
He's already found a way to fit in with his costars. "I have a couple of friends there. Ian Cusack is someone, we play soccer together. He's a nice Scottish friend, he loves soccer and we play soccer on Sundays."