Dominic Monaghan on Wild Things‘ “More Dangerous” Second Season
TV Guide Magazine: How has the show changed in Season 2?
Dominic Monaghan: We needed to be more ambitious with some of the animals we were looking for. It’s just a little bit more dangerous and a little bit more raw.
TV Guide Magazine: Where are you off to this week?
Monaghan: We go to Brazil and I sail down the Amazon looking for the world’s largest beetle. I find a 14-foot anaconda, a few different types of bats and a lot of very crazy-looking nocturnal insects. It’s a country that’s exploding with life.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you ever get hurt?
Monaghan: I got pretty badly injured this year with almost 40 stitches in my forearm from an animal that bit me. I’ve been stung by a few scorpions and bitten by a few non-venomous snakes and lizards, but I only really got hospitalized once.
TV Guide Magazine: Later this season, you visit New Zealand with your Lord of the Rings costar Billy Boyd. What was that like?
Monaghan: It was quite emotional for us both, retracing some of the trips we took when we were making the trilogy. There are not a lot of venomous creatures in New Zealand, but there are a few things that will bite, scratch and sting you. Billy put his brave hat on.
TV Guide Magazine: Any other famous friends you’d like to take into the wild?
Monaghan: I’m always giving Jimmy Kimmel a hard time — he gets the heebie-jeebies around animals. I’m like, “Man, you should come out with me for a week and I’ll cure you of all your feeble fears!”