Why Dominic Monaghan wants to fill Steve Irwin’s shoes
Dominic Monaghan is best known for his roles in Lost, Lord of the Rings and X-Men, but offscreen, he’s something of a globetrotting wild man. That’s why his BBC series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is such a perfect fit. The show brings viewers up close with strange, sometimes dangerous animals in exotic corners of the world. The second season premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EST, and if you’re expecting anything like Man vs. Wild, think again. Despite his intense television persona, Monaghan is laid-back, a little bit quirky (he paints his thumbnails because it hides the dirt underneath), and has a serious soft spot for all animals – even the creepiest critters like bees, spiders, and praying mantises (among his many insect pets is one named Gisele, “because she’s leggy”).
Monaghan swung by the Men’s Journal offices this afternoon to chat about Wild Things’ second season and why he wants to carry Steve Irwin’s legacy.
Dominic Monaghan checks off beastie bucket list in ‘Wild Things’
“I’ve been hurt quite a few times by animals—stung and bitten and scratched and stabbed,” actor/adventurer Dominic Monaghan said. “This year I have about 40 stitches in my arm from an animal that I meet. I had to get sewn up a few times, so it does happen.”
This season, the former “Lost” star goes to Kenya to play with the giant spitting cobra, to the Australian Outback to find a ghost bat, to Brazil to meet the titan beetle, and to New Zealand with his “Lord of the Rings” pal, Billy Boyd, to expose the giant wetapunga. Along the way, Monaghan and crew come across creatures great and small—many of which are on his personal bucket list of animals to see.
‘Wild Things’ Dominic Monaghan loves animal skill sets, like spitting
When actor/adventurer Dominic Monaghan is on a quest, nothing stops him. In BBC America’s Season 2 launch of “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan” Tuesday, March 25, he’s looking for a giant spitting cobra. Because, really, who isn’t?
He finds the massive snake in Kenya and is thrilled, especially when it spits venom at him.
“It is part of my job, you know,” he tells Zap2it. “I love animals, and I love their skill sets that we don’t have. And one of those things, one of those profound kind of skill sets is the ability to spit and spit accurately at eyes. They are aiming for eyes. That is an extremely smart adaptation.”
In search of more ‘Wild Things’
Dominic Monaghan gets bruised and bitten searching for the planet’s deadliest creatures in the second season of ‘Wild Things’ on BBC America.
Dominic Monaghan is passionate about animals — the weirder, the rarer, the deadlier the better. “I relate to the underdog animals. Even though I do like horses and dogs and cats, lions, tigers and elephants, I know those stories have been told before. For me, it’s about what I’m passionate about seeing and the story I’m passionate about telling,” says the “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings” star, who has found the perfect outlet to do that in “Wild Things,” returning for its second season on BBC America on March 25.
“The thing that turns me on is educating people to learn about their world,” says Monaghan, who remembers watching nature TV shows as a boy. “I’d learn something I never knew before or see an animal I never knew existed. I’m hoping we can do that as well.”
Dominic Monaghan Follows Call of the ‘Wild Things’ (and Occasionally Gets Bitten by Them)
BBC America’s “Wild Things,” an animal adventure series returning for a second season on March 25, is not your average dog-and-pony show.
For one thing, its host and executive producer, Dominic Monaghan (who appeared in “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings”) is not bringing viewers facts and figures about some of the world’s weirdest and most dangerous animals from the safety of a recording studio. Nope, this actor, who just signed on to portray a New York cop who follows a serial killer to Sweden in a new TV series called “The Hundred Code,” likes to get his hands dirty and his feet wet crawling through caves in the Australian Outback, sailing the Amazon, wrestling lizards, and being chased by injured elephants in Kenya.
Yahoo TV caught up with Monaghan last Saturday after he gave a lucky audience that included Jeff Probst (“Survivor”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), and Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”) a sneak peek of the premiere episode at the Los Angeles Zoo, and we asked him to brave our animal quiz. The cat certainly did not get his tongue.
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Amateur naturalist, nature lover and a naturally inclined show-off, Dominic Monaghan has an easygoing, natural vibe. He’s a millennial at heart, if not in years exactly, and he makes an ideal host, tour guide and jungle explorer in the crittercam program Wild Things, a BBC America wildlife series that opens its second season Tuesday with the former Lost actor in Kenya in search of the giant spitting cobra.
Monaghan has had a lifelong interest in critters, the creepier the better. And they don’t come much more creepy, or dangerous, than the spitting cobra.
Monaghan — a self-described “apple snob” — is a natural traveler at heart, and Wild Things is the better program for it. The critters that fire his passion are undeniably interesting — East Africa, Monaghan says in the season opener, is home to some of the most endangered and magnificent animals on the planet — but he’s as comfortable vamping with street kids in a Mombasa market as he is trekking with a camera crew through Kenya’s vast Tsavo wilderness.
‘Wild Things” Dominic Monaghan talks pet black widows and buffalo wings
The ‘Lost’ star says he ‘doesn’t mind some bites and scratches’
Dominic Monaghan’s agent is worried. After all, his client frolics with venomous snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies on his show “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan (second season premieres Tues. March 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET on BBC America), which sounds like a career-ending accident waiting to happen. “But it’s his job to worry,” Monaghan told me during our interview. “I have much more knowledge on the natural world than he does.”
Monaghan has much more knowledge about the natural world than most of us, and he’s not worried at all. Still, as the show goes “bigger” this season, there will be more danger and yes, a little more blood. Here’s what Monaghan had to tell me about the biggest mistake people make about exotic creatures, how he keeps his black widow spider, and the dangers of buffalo wings.
You’re also producing new shows, right?
“We’re working on them now, there are a bunch. We have some interesting announcements for “Wild Things” and splinter projects I’ll certainly produce, but I’m not sure how much hosting I can do.”